I’ve always wanted to be a keen runner, but I lack the focus and perseverance.
Cardio is my weakest form of exercise — whether I’m on the treadmill or outside, I can only manage to run for 5 minutes without stopping.
That’s a good day for me, but I’ve never been able to improve from that.
The problem is, I get bored quickly.
I set off in the morning with the best of intentions, but after that 5-minute mark, I have to slow down to a wheezy walk. …
For years Anne has been the underdog of the Bronte family.
The unknown sister pushed into the background.
Considered less accomplished than Charlotte, less passionate than Emily.
It is only now, 200 years after her death, the work of Anne Bronte is now gaining the appreciation it deserves.
The youngest of the Bronte sisters only wrote two novels in her lifetime, the most well known, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
When it was first published in 1847, the book was sold out within six weeks. However, it gained attention for all the wrong reasons.
It tells the story of young Helen Graham, the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, who has run away from her abusive, alcoholic husband to protect her son from his influence. …
I should start by saying that I am not American.
Some might say this precludes me from having an opinion on the current political situation in the U.S., but I disagree.
What is happening there now will have consequences for all free democracies of the world. Because how it is handled — or should I say, how Trump is handled — will affect the future stability of democracy itself.
Trump’s reaction to the election results is not surprising. …
When you are a new writer on Medium, it can be overwhelming.
You dive in full of enthusiasm, writing your heart out on whatever topic comes to your head. You publish and then you wait, filled with anticipation.
You write another article, and then another… and another. It’s hard at this point to not take it personally. Only then do you realize that there is more to Medium than simply writing.
There are millions of writers on Medium, from all corners of the world, and they all want the same as you: to be a success.
In this vast colony of hardworking talent, you are an ant, newly arrived, vying for attention when you have no experience and don’t properly know how things work. …
Having a baby can be the most exciting and the most fraught experience of a woman’s life.
The transformation the body goes through, from conception to birth, is laden with discomforts, even for the most physically fit.
For women with scoliosis, these discomforts can evolve into acute sources of pain as pregnancy progresses.
Scoliosis is the medical term for an abnormal curvature of the spine and is a common condition usually diagnosed in adolescents.
Nearly 3 million cases of scoliosis are diagnosed in the US each year.
There is a common fear amongst women, that having scoliosis means they will have a complicated pregnancy — some may think that it will prevent them from being pregnant at all — but the good news is, this is not the case. …
On paper, our house ticked all the right boxes.
It was detached, with three bedrooms; close to the train station and it wasn’t a new build (newly built houses tended to be much smaller).
I remember looking around the house and loving everything that I saw. Yes, it was worn looking and old fashioned — the previous owners were a retired couple — and it was a bit smaller than what we had wanted, but no major work needed to be done, it was in the area we wanted and it was within our price range.
At the time, we couldn’t believe our luck, and immediately after that first (and only!) viewing we contacted our lawyer and made an offer. …
Wherever you are in the world, no doubt you are facing the prospect of a winter lockdown.
Or perhaps, you’re already in one.
Back in March, at least we had the promise of summer weather to keep us going. We tended our gardens, did DIY in our homes and enjoyed the odd G&T in the safe outdoors with friends and family.
But now, the nights are getting darker. Each day that passes gets steadily colder and our ability to try and achieve any level of normality outside is disappearing. This time, we must look inside our homes.
So, how can we sustain ourselves during these winter months? …
When you’re pregnant, you have to learn to work flexibly.
I’m currently in the unique situation of being off work shielding. My maternity leave starts in December, baby is due on the 28th of December, so I have a lot of time on my hands right now to focus on writing.
Problem is, I can’t work as hard as I used to. …
“Music can change the world.” Beethoven
When I write the first draft of a story, I always think of it as a movie.
To help with the flow of the story, I think of what its soundtrack would be.
Every story I write has a playlist that is based on the genre, theme, and mood of that story.
So, for NaNoWriMo, I have created a playlist for the novel I will be working on in November.
The playlist will get me in the zone for my story, inspire me with plot twists, provide themes for the characters, and will help me get a first draft done by the end of the month. …
This week, I’m 32 weeks pregnant.
Is this the worst time to try to kickstart a writing business?
I sense my you all whispering yes and shaking your heads at my naivety, but bear with me: there are reasons why I am starting now.
First, I’ve struggled for years to turn my writing hobby into a business. My sorry excuse was that my life was too busy — working shifts, my wedding, moving house, holidays — and even trying to make time (like getting up earlier in the mornings) seemed impossible. Nothing would stick and become a routine.
I am an expert procrastinator, and it has cost me years of precious time. …