Memories of a Moon: Chapter 1

This story has been in the works for a short time. I started it in October and have been amending it ever since. I published it on my blog in parts not too long ago but as I don’t plan to share any more just yet I thought I’d put it out there all together. I’m always looking for feedback on my writing and…

Planning a wedding? Here’s how I managed a (fairly) stress free lead up to the event.

On May 4th 2016 Tom asked me to be his wife. We had just bought our house together (and moved in the previous day) and I thought it would be a while yet until we got engaged. I was pleasantly surprised to learn otherwise. On that Wednesday, I drove home singing along loudly to whatever was playing on Absolute Radio without a care in the world. I got home and…

We need to talk about: Weight loss

Why does how much we weigh determine how we feel about ourselves? It’s funny how people, all different shapes and sizes, compare themselves by their weight. Me included. I stepped on the scales several months ago and saw a number that made me squeal, no not with delight. Quite the opposite. I wanted to cry. It made me feel ugly, embarrassed and ashamed. Tom attempted to console me…

Thinking about travelling? Why not try AirBnB?

A few years ago, if anyone had told me “let’s go on holiday and stay at a stranger’s home.” I would have raised my eyebrows and laughed it off as a joke. Why would anyone want to be in someone else’s space instead of a neutral hotel where people look after you and you’re not forced to converse with anyone…

Developing Independence in the Classroom

Working with children is incredibly rewarding. Not only do they worship you and believe everything you say (which can often lead to hilarious conversations) but you also have the privilege of watching them succeed and grow. I haven’t worked with children long as I’m approaching the end of my second year of teaching. I do believe that I have learnt a lot about how children develop…

The First Wedding of the Year!

Weddings make me so excited! My friend got married on Saturday and I’m so ridiculously happy for her. She has been such an inspiration for me when organising all my DIY ideas. I’m getting married in October and I go from being super excited to horrendously nervous. There’s not much left to sort now. We have a venue, music, food, drinks, decorations all sorted…

Looking to the future!

This year has been far from easy so far. If you read my previous post you’ll know some of the reasons. I think sometimes I have a tendency to hold on to the negatives and it’s not because I want to. The negatives, to me, stand out. They’re louder and darker than the positives and they swallow the good times up and obscure them…

We need to talk about: Bereavement

Bereavement is an incredibly personal experience. Everyone handles bereavement in completely different ways. My 2017 started with the loss of my grandmother. I’ll admit, when I heard about it I didn’t believe it. How could I? This person that had been a part of my life for the entirety of it was gone? No, impossible! My first reaction was to cry uncontrollably. The events that followed…

Anderby Creek

You know those days that just happen? Aren’t they the best? You lose track of time and place and you just explore and discover. A friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a while suggested we go to Anderby Creek, she’d never been there and I’d never heard of it. It wasn’t too far from where we lived, just…

Hadrian’s Wall

I go through stages of absolutely loving history and it usually aligns when we’ve had a history related topic at school or when I’ve spent time with my grandad. I’ve just taught about the Vikings and talked about their predecessors and it’s awoken this thirst for history in me. My family loves their history. My grandpa, my dad and my brother have…