Having spent a weekend doing my best impressions of a noughties teenager at Reading Festival 2017 (leaving me with a neck that can barely move from my flailing attempts at hairography), it’s no surprise that my brain has been percolating on some ideas around music. Because you might be rocking headphones whilst you read this, but does music help with productivity? Does your favourite song really lift your mood? Is it true listening to music can make you smarter? Learn languages faster? Boost your memory? There are dozens of myths about the power of music. Here are some of the ones I find most interesting.
Words. Words. Words. Beautiful, evocative, and slightly miraculous when you think about them. Here are 11 of my favourites - sure to capture the hearts of anyone bookish.
Could ‘good vibes’ actually encourage superficiality, weak relationships, and poor mental health? Was Marcus Aurelius right when he said, “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”? So much to discuss in 1000 words.
For the second time in three months, I’ve marked myself as safe during a terror incident. Here is why I'd do so again.
I'm no expert in public speaking but in prepping for the launch of Comms For Good, I had to persuade my brain that taking to the stage wouldn't end in my imminent demise. SO here are the things that I found helped me. Maybe they'll help you too.
Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey Unpicking her twistiest crime scene yet, Maeve Kerrigan is back – and she’s had a promotion. At the end of 2015, the book I wanted to read didn’t seem to exist. There seemed to be a lack of crime novels with ambitious young heroines as protagonists, though there were … Continue reading Book Review: Let The Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s Twistiest Mystery Yet
Get shit done. As a mantra, I don't imagine my granny would approve. But it's seen me through deadlines, races, awkward meetings, breakups, and pretty much my entire twenty-something life. More thousands of words to write than hours in the day? Get shit done. No sleep, surviving on coffee, horrible "real-life" workload? Get shit done. Want to stay in … Continue reading A Cup Of Get Sh*t Done
A fear that teachers or colleagues will realise you have no real grasp on the work. A snake of insecurity that means you can't comprehend how you deserve to be part of a friendship circle. A shiver of apprehension every time you have to present something because of a belief that your ideas or results can’t possibly be enough. Or – as in my case – a cold, constant voice in the back of your head telling you that you are not really a writer, that you’ve been fooling everyone and one day they’ll turn on you because of it. Oh yes, it’s time to talk Impostor Syndrome.
Culinary disaster, that's me in a nutshell. Or at least it was. Until I hit my twenties, I was the sort of person who could burn soup. One time I tried to make a Moroccan chicken dish for a bunch of friends and my mum had to take over in order to save the house … Continue reading HelloFresh vs Gousto: A Fake Foodie Review
Dot Matrix by Jack Binding - a darkly amusing revenge story with a spooky twist that's perfect as the year creeps into winter.