Posts in Personal Stories
My Not So Problematic Wanderlust

Leaving friends, family and creating a life somewhere entirely new would be daunting.  For me, the chance to live in another county again was exhilarating. There’s something about being in a country where you don’t speak the language that I find incredibly intriguing.    Sure it was scary at first. Having to learn a new role, make new friends and navigate around a new city, but you figure it out. Yes it may take you a while to feel settled at work and making friends may seem impossible at first and you’ll get lost more times than you can count, but that’s what makes it fun.

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Can Ageing Be Exciting?

My twenties had seemed so far away that, as a child, I had thought by now I would be living in a lush glass apartment overlooking the River Thames, I’d be a fashion designer who never had to worry about money because my clothing line was a massive success and I would be the proud mother of about ten dogs. Although looking back on what I thought the future had in store for me proved rather humorous, it also revealed a strong belief I held during my childhood: that getting older was exciting.

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My Experience as the Sibling of a Disabled Person

Months went by and everything seemed ok. The happiness was fleeting. My little brother would seem to progress and then not. He would do some things 'normal' babies would do and then do things that were odd. These oddities became concerns.  Soon enough we had found out that he had Downs Syndrome and Autism. Unfortunately, the autism was not detected until much later on. 

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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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