Ooh, would you look at that – it’s the first week of January and you’ve already broken your resolutions to stop smoking, to go to the gym nine times a week and to stop eating cake. Now you feel a bit coughy (from all those roll-ups), lazy (because walking past the gym doesn’t count asContinue reading “The only New Year’s resolutions you should be making this January”
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Come to my talk on procrastination at Birmingham University
I’ll be speechifying at my old haunt Birmingham University this Saturday (18 October) as part of the annual Book to the Future Festival. I’ll be chatting about how to beat procrastination…RIGHT NOW! (See what I did there?) Taking place in room 201 in the Arts Building from 4 – 5pm, I’ll be going through why we procrastinate, how itContinue reading “Come to my talk on procrastination at Birmingham University”
New work for Fabulous, Top Sante and Look magazines
Here is a selection of my new work for Fabulous, Top Sante and Look. Please peruse at your leisure. Or don’t. No pressure.
Tips to beat stress and anxiety
With new research finding a whopping one in five women experiencing symptoms of anxiety all day every day, it’s time to take action. Below are some articles we have contributed to ourselves and also other news reports we thought you’d find helpful. To get started, here’s one of the simplest strategies of all: if you notice your shoulders are upContinue reading “Tips to beat stress and anxiety”
New work for Stylist and Fabulous
Below is a selection of work I’ve completed over the last month or so for Fabulous and Stylist magazines. A mix of stuff: travel, news features and topical features. Hope you like!
Genuinely inspirational quotes that’ll make you feel happier, motivated and less like punching a wall
We all have them – a friend who regularly posts supposedly uplifting mantras online or drops them into conversation, but more often than not they have no relevance to modern life or don’t make sense (you know the type: ‘the shilling is worth a pound to those with no wheat’ etc.). Obviously you’re allowed to ignore themContinue reading “Genuinely inspirational quotes that’ll make you feel happier, motivated and less like punching a wall”
My Birmingham University talk (video)
Last year I was invited to warble about my career at my old home-away-from-home, Birmingham University. The talk was called ‘Being a Cosmo Columnist and other stories’ and was about how I started in journalism, how I got the writing gigs I did and how I got my book deal. The good people who organised the shindig recorded theContinue reading “My Birmingham University talk (video)”
This is what happened when I went to a rave (sober) at 6.30am on a Wednesday…
…and you can read all about what happened here in my article for MSN. (Yes, it was a proper rave with a live DJ and everything and yes, I was just high on life and nothing else.) There are some more pictures below that weren’t included in the article.
Cosmo blog: What you’re doing wrong on dates/in relationships/in life in general
Below is a blog post I wrote for Cosmopolitan during my stint as the magazine’s Sex and the Not So Single Girl columnist. It’s one of my faves so I thought I’d re-post it here. Hope you like. A succinct run-down on why any burgeoning romances (or friendships) are fizzling to nothing So you’ve met someoneContinue reading “Cosmo blog: What you’re doing wrong on dates/in relationships/in life in general”
Simple mood booster: don’t ignore or dismiss the good things!
When you feel low or stressed everything is rubbish. It’s a fact. You’ll twist everything to suit your bad mood even if it’s genuinely good: “Andy only said he liked my speech because he felt sorry for me”/ “Claire only invited me to her hen party to make up the numbers”. When you feel you’re careering up Shit’sContinue reading “Simple mood booster: don’t ignore or dismiss the good things!”