Friday, 21 April 2017


Moving across the country has proven to be a surprisingly emotional event.
After the dust had settled and my brain began to defrost from the all-consuming thoughts of moving, job transferring, settling in and navigating my way around a new area the reality of everything and everyone I've left in Yorkshire likes to slam me out of nowhere from time-to-time.

image from weheartit
Whilst I have no regrets about coming to Lancashire there are times when I get homesick beyond belief and not a day goes by where I don't miss my family and friends.
Wednesday brought the first lot of bad news I've had to bear since moving; my auntie lost her fight with cancer. I couldn't feel further from my family and the hugs I'm craving from them inspired the following that I'd like to share for any of you who may be going through a tough time...

Appreciate every heartbeat and take no breath for granted.
Tell your special ones just how much you love them and hug them tightly every time you can.
Treat the fragility of life with the utmost respect.
Never waste a moment.
Never give yourself a reason to wish you had one more chance.
Take every opportunity you have with the people who live inside your heart.
Always make sure to live, laugh and love as fully as you can...
...every single day.

Thursday, 12 January 2017


"Nothing in nature blooms all year long, so do not expect yourself to do so either."

I saw the quote above on an Instagram meme page and, whilst the majority of the time I think they're irreverent little musings, this one struck me in a surprising way.

We're expected to present ourselves in the best way possible all day every day. But why? We are, after all, only human and sometimes life is hard; we cannot help but reflect this in our demeanour.
Emotion is difficult to contain, be it positive or negative, and people get too hard a time when they're not themselves.
'Chin up', 'cheer up', 'give us a smile'...I'm over all of those phrases and would like to see more acceptance for the days where we simply feel BLAH. Blah days are normal and blah days are sometimes very much needed.

So I have a proposal, which is to embrace the blah days and wallow in them as much as you like, be it for a couple of hours or for the entire day. Allow yourself to be closed off completely, if you so desire.
But the stipulation is this: take it no further and draw a line because, whilst nothing in nature blooms all year round, you must always remember that everything comes back to its best.
And so will you.