Why I’m leaving social media (and where you can find me instead)

After years of spending time on social media, I've decided it's time to step away for the forseeable future. I already take a month-long break from the online world in December every year, but it's not enough. Social media has become a place that drains energy, time and resources, for very little return. Or at least on my part. I'm open to the idea that perhaps I've shifted as well. There was a time where I'd happily spend hours on the apps, but these days it feels like a waste of my time. It feels like while I'm on…

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How creativity and connection carried me through grief

I'm no stranger to the power of creativity, especially when it comes to writing. But in the last year, my world was rocked with a family death and I felt like I was drowning in grief. Rock bottom became my new home. I lost myself and felt like my mind couldn't and wouldn't work how it once did. I needed time to process the loss and get back to feeling like me again, and eventually I did. So, this is my account of how creativity and connection carried me through grief. Swipe right for friendship I was yearning for…

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How writing can help you heal

Over the years I've learned many lessons, but one remains clear: writing is a great form of self expression, and it can help you heal. In my lowest times, I've turned to my journals, pouring my pain and heartache onto the paper with words.  In my best times, I've confided in my journals like a close friend, sharing my excitement and plans for the future. I've experienced the power writing has to reconnect with Self, to explore thoughts and emotions, and to experience the power of my words. I love to create opportunities for other people to experience it…

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December Detox 2022

How does 31 days away from social media sound? Photo by Anastasia Jobson I've been taking regular social media breaks since December 2016. A whole month of not losing time on Instragram, not getting lost in Facebook comments, not getting sucked in by Twitter threads. It's delightful. It wasn't an official thing at first, I didn't announce it as December Detox or give it any other name. Taking a break from social media was a gift I gave to myself and I shared a little bit about it on my return. Some people were curious about what I did…

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Women Who Write Books: Kate Rose

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Kate Rose I graduated from King's College, London,…

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Women Who Write Books: Rachel Aldred

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Rachel Aldred Rachel Aldred has been a practicing…

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Women Who Write Books: Andrea Barrett

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Angela Barrett Andrea Barrett is a mother, children's…

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Women Who Write Books: Jessica Jones

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Jessica Jones Award-winning blogger, mental health activist and…

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Women Who Write Books: Progress Oberiko

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Progress Oberiko I amm Progress Oberiko, a young…

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Women Who Write Books: Karen Preene

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Karen Preene Karen Preene, also known as @deadlifts_and_redlips, is…

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Women Who Write Books: Michelle Mclean

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Michelle Mclean West Midlands based Michelle is a…

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Women Who Write Books: Aurea Reis

What you need to know about Women Who Write Books In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.  I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people. I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life. About Aurea Reis Aurea Reis is the author of…

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