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9 things to give up, if you want to be happier

9 things to give up, if you want to be happier

I know it can be annoying when you are feeling down to hear and see all this nonsense on the internet. Quotes telling you to be happier, stuff telling you how to have the ultimate success.  And you would be right to a degree. Lots of self-help is very helpful and it...

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We think it’s so cool, don’t we?

We think it’s so cool, don’t we?

We think it's cool don't we? Funny even, being self-deprecating. Especially in the UK. We love to take the Micky out of ourselves. Someone said to me today ‘where is my cake’ to which I replied ‘if I baked a cake I would probably just drop it’…. Drop it? Why the...

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I had never seen anything like it.

I had never seen anything like it.

I had never seen anything like it. I put the faux silk blouse into the basket. A pop up flashed across the screen 'your shopping basket is full'… Full? I said out loud. 'How can a virtual shopping basket be full?' I snapped my laptop shut, Zara you've lost me this...

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Staying Calm

Staying Calm

Yesterday I was sitting in my car, with 10minutes left on the meter. A woman came up next to me in her 4 x 4 and started yelling at me to move. I had a few more errands to run and had no intention of moving from my spot.  The road was a single lane one and the...

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This works

This works

I was in New York a while back, and I was lying in my bed. I had just had an excellent breakfast. It was my day off. I had this fantastic new job, hosting a show, so I had been having a great time with great people. But that morning for some reason, this anxiety just...

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The answer is no.

The answer is no.

Saying no gets easier the more you say it. It's something that I've been working on for a while. Everything I share is stuff that I'm learning as well. One of the first things about learning how to say no is boundaries. You have to know what your boundaries are. You...

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Don’t wait for it to pass.

Don’t wait for it to pass.

Sometimes getting out of bed is hard.  I wake up with a debilitating lead weight feeling in my stomach. If I had to put a label on it, it would be danxiety. An emotional cocktail of feeling a bit down (so you only get the 'D' from the word depression) mixed...

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You have to keep going

You have to keep going

  I finished eating the last of the 500g bag of dried fruit. That was exactly 400g of left-over-from-Christmas-cake sultanas in one sitting. Five minutes before, celebrity plastic surgery ‘before and after photos’ had caught my attention. And before that, a...

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I don’t want your dog’s poo.

I don’t want your dog’s poo.

I used to live in a small town outside of Oxford. When we moved in, we had a patch of garden at the back of the house. At first, it was just a pile of earth, but my mother paid someone to come in and cover it with AstroTurf. When it was finished, it was beautiful,...

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It’s just not working.

It’s just not working.

Ever tried so hard to be liked or loved? Knowing that no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work? You have glimpses of the love you seek but it is never quite enough. Love is consistent, it is safe and it is kind. You can tell how someone loves you by the way...

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Driving a porcelain Bus

Driving a porcelain Bus

I was so excited about my New York work trip with my partner. I decanted creams into small pots, dusted off adapters and bought a few bits from Zara. I had 10,000 words of my book left to write. And a couple of meetings with some fabulous media folk. I booked...

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Put yours on first

Put yours on first

There are days when I don’t feel good enough. When the cross of high self-imposed expectations becomes a heavy cross to bear. . On days like these I try to fill the void with Netflix, fashion or food. Of course none of these fixes work to fill the ‘good enough shaped...

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What if being good enough is enough?

What if being good enough is enough?

You know how it is when you get so busy? Things fall by the wayside new projects come up and time runs away with you? And before you know it several weeks have gone past. Well, I have been in that state for the last few months. I am writing a book, and it is not about...

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A big thank you to you

A big thank you to you

Authentic self Hey guys. How you doing? I'm just here on hols, almost the final day. I wanted to to say a big thank you to all of you, who watched and commented on the video I did, about worrying what other people thought about you. Then, the post, also, on being your...

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Why we should care less about the opinions of others

Why we should care less about the opinions of others

Confused on the career path If there's something you want to do, if there's a career path you want to take, and you're a bit confused because everyone's telling you not to do it, or just something you want to change in your life, as long as you're being kind, and as...

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