I read over 30 books in 2017, but sadly I can only admit to really enjoying around half of them. Due to disappointing endings, predictable twists or irritating protagonists, I felt incredibly underwhelmed with my choices. I finished last year on a high, however, with Amy Poehler’s wonderful Yes Please - which helped me to fall back in love with reading and encouraged me to do some serious research for my 2018 book list...
If you’re new to the office, it can be difficult to know what the work etiquette is or to navigate office politics. After all, every workplace is different, and the office can be a bit of a minefield.
Crafting can be incredibly helpful and beneficial to those suffering with mental health issues or even those of us who just feel stressed out and overworked from time to time. Life can be hard and sometimes we need to let our inner child come out to play…
With just two weeks left to go, I upped my game and started week 8 feeling fairly confident and positive…
Week 7 almost broke me, but instead of letting all of the hard work go to waste I got back on the horse (well, road) and resumed my running journey.
After a successful week 5 with Couch to 5K I found myself relaxing a little, and the mental benefits of running started to become more apparent…
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty damn chuffed with myself for running 20 minutes at the end of week 5. I’d near-on convinced myself that I wasn’t going to do it, but to my surprise I didn’t find it as hard as I was expecting to. I felt like I’d turned a corner (literally); now 5K didn’t seem like such a stretch of the imagination.
East London is absolutely bursting with small creative companies and colourful pop-ups; you’re never far away from a clothes shop that has its own secret bar, or a florist that also offers customers coffee and cake. And whilst plenty of these shops are great for a one off visit, it’s often hard to find any with specialties or expertise in the type of business they are promoting - which in turn can mean expensive, short-lived business plans and empty premises.
I was feeling optimistic for week 3 – I felt more positive in general and found that the routine was starting to become more enjoyable.
My confidence and optimism soon shrunk as I tied my laces and strapped my iPhone to my arm, as I realised week 3 would have me running for a whole minute longer than week 2.
Join Sophia as she takes on the Couch to 5k challenge, documenting her progress and giving a few tips along the way.
After week 1 of Couch to 5K I felt a little lighter; not just in the physical sense but mentally I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders, and I found that I was actually looking forward to starting week 2.
INTERVIEW: 5 Minutes With Food Bloggers, Billy Jarvis and Kayleigh Thwaites of Cocktails and Calamari
Restaurant manager, Billy and his fiancé art teacher, Kayleigh first met at college, where they shared a love of heavy fringes, indie music and snakebites. After going their separate ways, the pair reunited in 2013 and began dating, bonding over their mutual passion for food.
It’s 6:30am on a Monday morning and my alarm has just gone off. I curl up into a ball and shut my eyes tight, hoping that my phone is actually broken and it’s really just a Sunday morning. Although I do it every week, it never seems to get any easier to throw the covers off and get into the shower. My harrowing dread of Monday morning has gotten so bad that by 5pm on a Sunday evening I’m already wishing it was Friday.