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No, I Won’t Regret My Tattoos and Here’s Why

I love it when people want to learn about the experience of getting a tattoo or want to find a good artist and respect the idea that some tattoos can have strong sentimental values, whilst others have no meaning at all. But, when regret is the main topic of discussion surrounding tattoos and what I have chosen to do with my body, it feels somewhat disrespectful. I know people don’t mean any harm by asking this question, they’re just curious because tattoos are a lifelong commitment. This question is just a big pet peeve of mine. So, instead of having to continuously answer if I will regret my tattoos I have decided to write this article because the answer to this question is a solid no. I will never regret my tattoos and this is how I know I will never regret them. 

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No One Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party

Much earlier than most people my age, I stopped enjoying drinking, going out and socialising into the wee hours. It wasn’t ideal when this transition from keen clubbing enthusiast to stay-at-home grandma happened when I was predominately based away at university. I was surrounded by a mass body of epic drinkers so the change in myself was, well, weird and to feel weird in such an insecure time of my life anyway, wasn’t overly nice.

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Three Things I’ve Learnt From My Younger Sister

I spent the first five years of my life begging my parents for a little sister and was over the moon when I finally got one in 2002. Anyone who has ever had a baby sister will know what I mean when I say they get away with anything, they are always the ‘cute’ one and steal pretty much everything you own. You try your best to offer advice and guidance, but they are so stubborn that most of this falls on deaf ears.

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5 Frustrations That Come With Starting a New Job

I finally found a job after trawling through thousands of advertisements, I interviewed the same day they called me, and was offered the job the following week. I have worked before in between stints at university and college but this is my first full-time position for a successful business. I’ll be honest, I have struggled with getting to grips with the adult working world and have faced many challenges in just a few short months. I thought it may be helpful to list just a few of the difficulties that I have found with starting a new job in the hope that it can make others feel like they are not alone in their frustrations.

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The Grades I Got When I Was Mentally Ill are Not a Reflection of My Intelligence

* Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions on severe mental health issues and suicide *

Throughout my whole life I’ve been the smart kid. From elementary to junior high I was always at the top of my class; in high school, all of my classes were either Honours or AP (advanced placement). However, this thing called depression and anxiety came into my life and since then it has taken its toll.

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My Graduate Reality and Why You Should Never Give Up on Your Dream Job

I’m pretty sure I can’t recall a time when I haven’t wanted to be successful. Even when I was very young and wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up, I always knew that I was a small girl with big dreams. I think the older you get the more you hope your life will just “work itself out” and you’ll find yourself on your chosen career path. Obviously, once adulthood kicks in we soon realise that that’s not the case.

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Long Distance Relationships - My Experience and Why I Wouldn't Change it for the World

If I had a pound for every time I heard ‘long distance relationships never work’ by now I would be living in New Zealand and not in long-term functioning LDR myself. I live in England, but my boyfriend lives in New Zealand. If we are talking about long distance relationships than ours is pretty much as long a distance as you can get.

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It's Ok Not To Be Body Confident

Whilst it is amazing that so many people are becoming more body confident, I applaud anyone who is, it is important to recognise that it is okay not to be too. I sometimes feel like there’s a lot of pressure to be confident in your body. I am not fully confident, I never wear clothes that cling to my stomach and I very often have days where I cannot bear what I look like in the mirror. By the same token, I have other days where I feel amazing and feel completely body positive.

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Grief after Losing My Grandmother

I felt my heart hurting for the whole week before her death, it was like a part of me was mourning her before she even passed. I was an anxious mess. I found out she had cysts on her kidneys, her heart was enlarged, and her organs were failing. I knew she was passing, but then she did demo-dialysis and she was in good spirits. I sent her a video message telling her to get better because I’m going to see her soon, but she died the following week.

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How I Used Heartbreak to Find Love

We have seen on multiple occasions in the past few weeks how the girls have seemed happy coupled up with a guy, then suddenly he has “jumped ship”/someone else has caught his eye and the girls have been left feeling like they aren’t good enough. It reminded me how many times I have felt like this in the past, and how many times I allowed someone of the male species to make me feel like I wasn’t good enough.

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Trump Supporters: We Can't Be Friends

People seem to think those who lose friends or choose friends based on their political standing are ridiculous. I agree.  Just because I’m a democrat, doesn’t mean I’m not going to speak to a republican, it’s just silly. The problem arises when we’re dealing with a white supremacist that spews hatred, racism, bigotry, and the list goes on. It is no longer about “political opinions”, it’s about being a decent human being.  

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Coping With The Harsh Reality of Being a Fresh Graduate

Come September 2017, however, small town girl, twiddling her thumbs at her parent’s home, I was clueless for what was to come. Graduating with a 1st class degree, I ticked off every box my parents ever presented to me, academically speaking. But (for some unfathomable reason) I was unemployed, desperate and starting to really panic that I was never going to get a job.

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What I Have Learned From Growing Up in an All-Female Household

Relationships, especially of the romantic kind, have never been my strong suit. Now that might be because I’ve never tried being in one. Some people call me a cynic of love, some say I’m in denial, while others try to convince me to “just fall in love” because I need a man in my life. The truth is, everything I needed I got from the women around me.

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You are Not Your Disability, You Just Have a Disability

I have the best relationship with my uncle. He is the most caring genuine man you could ever hope to meet. He can cheer you up in an instant, he is always on the other side of the phone when you need a chat, he loves spending time with the family and he never forgets anyone’s birthday and always comes through with a cracking card and present. Oh, and he also has Down’s syndrome.

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