Musings on Self Motivation

Hello Friends, I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say that nearly a year after the proverbial rug was quite literally pulled out from under our feet, I’ve finally found a routine that works for me in these strange new times. I like to think of myself as a fairly realistic and…

Let’s Talk About The “Strong, Independent Woman”

Recently, I’ve heard my fair share of the phrase: “You’re a strong, independent woman”, and as someone who finds herself becoming increasingly obsessed with gender equality (or lack of it), this phrase has finally struck a nerve and I’ll tell you why: Being both strong and independent are the characteristics which allow us to thrive…

“How Do You Feel About It” – Adichie for Harper’s Bazaar

There’s always been a sense of elation and an unexplainable thrill that rushes through me when I see that one of my favourite authors has written a new book or in this case a new short story for a magazine that I’ll shortly be interning for. To say I was excited was an understatement! The…

Fox Hunting – Why It’s Time For It To Go

Like many of Theresa May’s political moves, the appeal to lift the ban on fox hunting will be one of the most controversial. In place since 2005, the act condemns and criminalizes the act of hunting wild animals. However, I would argue that lifting the ban is not simply a politically controversial decision, but also…

Travel Diary: Edinburgh, Scotland

If there ever was a fairy tale town, I’m convinced that Edinburgh is it. With its towering monuments and insanely beautiful architecture, I don’t think I’ve wanted to live in a city as much I did Edinburgh after a family holiday a few weeks ago. It’s called ‘Athens of the North for a reason, though…

Hawking, Stoker and Hosseini

We all have our rough days, more often than not and when it gets to the point where the rug really gets pulled out from under my feet, the only thing that makes me feel like me again are books. Books and candles. There’s something pretty comforting about cozying up in a blanket, candles lit…

‘Annabel Lee’

I recently came across Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ in ‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare. It tickled something in the back of my mind and I realised I’d read it once before when I was in school. Reading it again, with and without a certain context made me think of so many different things…

Iron Flutter

A small cast of iron Winds around your finger Beams hit the walls, as you move In the yellow diamond room A moth ridden chair at your back Sits in quiet melancholy Half burnt cuban cigar dangles from your fingers Calloused, yellow, you move To the powdery books Unturned, rotten yellow pages You thumb your…

Get Your Act Together!

I’ve noticed that I am at my most stressed when I am most unorganised, and it will come as no surprise that these two things go hand in hand. And since the beginning of this year I have been trying to stay more organised, trying to get things done on time and stay on top…