Words to Help & Inspire: Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’

The poet Maya Angelou has always been close to my heart, especially her poem ‘Still I Rise’. It was also the favourite poem of my lovely friend Jemma, who passed away a couple of years ago. It has always been something that has made me feel determined and picked me up whenever I have been…

Manchester Attack: Hope not Hate

The events of what happened in Manchester last week are incomprehensible. This is quite simply, one of those posts I wish I didn’t have to write. I’ve tried to make sense myself as to what happened and why. Last Monday, I was up late, feeling really grotty. I think I’d caught a bug and was…

Email from 23rd May 2007 – Sending the News of Lucy’s Passing

Here is a copy of an email I sent out to family and friends a few days after Lucy’s funeral. Back before Facebook was the go-to medium of choice for contacting friends and family, I would occasionally e-mail out updates of how we were getting on post-university. I don’t think anyone really wanted to receive…

Frustrated, Cynical Voter Rant

  Bit of a rant, sorry. The UK will be returning to the polls in June, to pick our new MPs (or keep our old ones) and in turn, select our new Prime Minister. I have noticed a lot of traffic on social media in support of the Labour Party and a huge amount of…

How I Pull Out of a Motivation Nose Dive

  I’m going to have to admit it – I haven’t been the gym for a couple of weeks and I feel so guilty about it. The guilt though, doesn’t just come from the fact that my muffin top hasn’t reduced and has more to do with the money that comes out each month for…