First there was a trek along the Great Wall of China for CLIC Sargent. Now, to get on with life.

Happiness & Mental Health
Breaking the Blogging Silence

Breaking the Blogging Silence

Three years ago today life as I knew it changed forever. That’s a statement that manages to be simultaneously melodramatic and totally mundane – everyone’s life changes forever every day, every moment. But this was one of those big “life will never be the same again” moments. It was the day I heard that Hannah...
Top 10 Charity China Trek Moments

Top 10 Charity China Trek Moments

It’s exactly one month since I touched down in the unbelievable vastness and ruthless efficiency that is the Beijing Airport, so it seems only right that I finally get my ass into gear and tell you all about the trek. So, without further adieu, I present quite literally the top 10 moments of my charity...
Keeping It In the Family

Keeping It In the Family

Well on Sunday I had to tell my mum just how awesome she is for Mother’s Day and today I’ve got two other family members I need to shout about. Yep, it’s all about my family this week. 1. My Dad. It’s his birthday. And he’s a great dad. And I forgot to put his...
For My Mum

For My Mum

*Warning: If you object to public displays of emotion, avert your eyes now.* Reasons that you are fantastic: 1. You make the most amazing breakfasts. 2. …and cakes. 3. You encouraged me to sew and do arty, crafty things. 4. You’re American – it means I have family over the other side of the world(ish),...
Sorting My Kit Out

Sorting My Kit Out

One week tomorrow I’ll be getting on a plane and flying off to China to do what I’ve long been writing about: Walk the Great Wall of China in memory of Hannah. Gulp. I’m one big bundle of nerves right about now, so thank God I’ve still got a training routine to keep up: Exercise...
Never Let Me Go Review: The Book & The Film

Never Let Me Go Review: The Book & The Film

At the start of last week I wasn’t feeling too hot, not to sound alarmist, but I’m sure I had the plague.  Either that or a cold.  Anyway, while it really wasn’t a great time to get sick*, it did at least give me time in bed to finish reading Never Let Me Go by...
Saying "Bah!" to Cancer

Saying “Bah!” to Cancer

Do you remember how, just the other week, I was sharing my story about how Twitter helped me to promote my charity trek? The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted this little sentence tucked in the midst of that post: Since then I’ve had another writer, who blogs about living through cancer, contact me to...
It's the Final Countdown!

It’s the Final Countdown!

…doodo do-do d-d-do-do dooo.  And so on. Yesterday marked one month exactly until I fly off to China. Yikes.  I’m already feeling nervous.  Nervous in an excited way, but nervous all the same. I’ve been getting myself down the gym frequently, my visa is sitting in my drawer, I’ve officially raised all the money I...
Money Worries & Mental Health

Money Worries & Mental Health

There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the air these days.  Don’t know if it’s the economy and all the stress of cuts and redundancies flying around, or if there are some bad vibes flying around, but a lot of people I know are feeling low. Whether the ultimate cause of gloomy moods is...
Black Swan Review: Thoughts from a former dancer

Black Swan Review: Thoughts from a former dancer

Last week was a real throwback to my dancing days, not only did I go to the ballet, but I also watched Black Swan the creepy ballet-based flick that’s been winning awards left right and centre. I’ve heard that a lot of ballerinas have been upset by the portrayal of the ballet world.  While I...
The Yes Woman

The Yes Woman

I’ve always been a positive thinker – someone who believes that things tend to work out for the best, finds the silver lining for every cloud, and hums a happy tune with the bluebird of happiness who sits on her shoulder. At times, when I was much younger, I was known to practically screech “Positive...