My Top 10 Fiction Reads of 2019

With yet another year drawing to a close (let’s not mention how terrifying that is), and my endless piles of books growing like weeds, I wanted to take some time to talk about my absolute favourite reads from this year. All of these incredibly-written, profoundly moving novels are crafted by a collection of inspiring women … Continue reading My Top 10 Fiction Reads of 2019

The Ultimate Summer Festival Checklist: A Beginner’s Guide

September has arrived, and while summer seems to have bloomed late here in Portugal, festival season is drawing to a close. Time to woefully pack away the pots of glitter and bum-bags for another year, as you mourn the passing of yet another summer of crowded fields, overheated tents and disposable camera photos. Maybe you’re … Continue reading The Ultimate Summer Festival Checklist: A Beginner’s Guide

Let’s Talk About Our Twenties: 8 Things I’ve Learnt in the Past Four Years

In a mere matter of months, my early twenties will be over. And, I won’t lie: the thought of finally diving into my mid-twenties is TERRIFYING. To say that the past four years have been turbulent would be just a slight understatement. I’ve fallen in love, had my heart broken, moved back and forth between … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Our Twenties: 8 Things I’ve Learnt in the Past Four Years

The Freelance Lifestyle: Some Handy Tips

Working freelance often sounds like the dream. You're able to determine your own hours, drink as much tea as you want, give yourself holidays and days off, take your job anywhere you want - and you're doing something that, hopefully, you love. So, what's the catch? A freelance lifestyle can sometimes be quite difficult to … Continue reading The Freelance Lifestyle: Some Handy Tips

An Ode to Sisterhood

Having a sister can be quite a strange concept. There are certain rules in a sister-ship that could never be applied to a normal friendship or relationship. Imagine a friend borrowing an item of clothing without your permission, screaming bloody murder at each other regarding said stolen item, crying tears of frustration, and then five … Continue reading An Ode to Sisterhood

Life Never Goes to Plan: and this is more than okay

So, here I am. A freshly-graduated 22-year-old woman with wonderful friends, loving family, and her whole life ahead of her, fulfilling her destiny of settling down to a life of teaching in Italy surrounded by pizza and Aperol spritz. Sounds like the dream, right? But what happens, then, when it all suddenly just seems too … Continue reading Life Never Goes to Plan: and this is more than okay

What I’ve Learnt About Speaking Another Language

So I’m coming to the end of my first semester in Italy: and I couldn’t be happier. I have met some incredible people, seen some beautiful places, and also learnt how to cook pasta properly (or, better, in a less stereotypically British way). Among all this, I would like to think that my Italian has … Continue reading What I’ve Learnt About Speaking Another Language

Why Words are So Important

“Often it is not we who shape words, but the words we use who shape us” – Nina George Sitting on the upper shelf of my bedroom wardrobe is what I would class as my most prized possession. This is not a favourite dress, pair of shoes, or item of expensive jewellery: instead, it's a … Continue reading Why Words are So Important