Reflecting on the Past Year

Reflecting on the Past Year

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I apologise in advance that this could be a lengthy post. I’ll try not to go on too long, but really, there is so much to say about this year, despite the fact that for a lot of it we haven’t been able to do an awful lot. Yes, 2020 has given us a pandemic, and it’s been really shit in parts. A lot of people have unfortunately lost their lives all over the world from Covid-19, on top of all the other health problems that strike. It’s been a year of global uncertainty in more ways than one. It’s been one HELL of a rollercoaster, and continues to be right up until the end and into 2021. However, it’s also been a lot more than just the negatives.

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New Years Tier 4 Style

New Years Tier 4 Style

Christmas has passed and we’re in the limbo between that and New Years. A time that is normally big on celebrations, whether it be with a few friends or half the town in a superbly over-expensive club. This year will of course be a bit different, and the majority of the country will be spending it at home as a family or couple, potentially on your own if you live alone, or with your bubble. So, how can you make the most of the New Year evening this year when you can’t do an awful lot? Well, actually there’s quite a few things you could do.

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Blogmas: Ways to Give Back at Christmas

Blogmas: Ways to Give Back at Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it’s also a time for indulgence. We are lucky enough to indulge in good food, drinks, gifts for ourselves and loved ones, and we don’t even blink at the fact that we’ve got a warm home to spend it in, with people around us that love us, with clean water and a comfortable bed to flop down into at the end of each day. Maybe 2020 will give us more appreciation for these things due to what we’ve all experienced with Covid, but there are still so many people across the world, and animals too (let’s not forget them!) that don’t have that privilege, even in this country (UK) as the 6th richest country in the world. It’s crazy to think that can still be.

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Blogmas: 6 Christmas Films To Watch This Christmas

Blogmas: 6 Christmas Films To Watch This Christmas

Sometimes all you need to escape from your busy, potentially difficult reality is a really, really good film. An hour or two of another life can be a real form of escapism and relief, to get immersed into a movie can be just the ticket.

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Blogmas: How To… Help The Planet At Christmas

Blogmas: How To… Help The Planet At Christmas

In the last few years, the ill-health of the planet has really come to light. More so, we come to realise how much of a negative impact the human race has had on it. In 2018 Greta Thunberg came onto the scene and showed the world her fury on climate change. She stood up for what she was passionate about, and people followed (thank goodness.) We are now more aware than ever of the horror of plastic, its’ impact on our oceans and the life within them, so how can we make our Christmases more kind to the planet? If you want some ideas, then here are a few to start you off…

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Let’s Talk About Grief

Let’s Talk About Grief

Grief: something that’s rarely spoken about, but that is a certain part of life we all endure at some point. Coming in various forms, whether it be for a finished relationship, could even be the loss of a job you’ve invested so much into, a lost or broken down friendship, or a loss of a loved one (including animals). A process that’s hard to describe as it’ll be different for everyone, and something that rarely leaves you completely. Maybe that’s the wrong thing to say, and I know it won’t make you feel any better, but actually it’s the truth. There will always be reminders that may pass by as quickly as they came to mind, or that may hit you like a ton of bricks you weren’t expecting. However, it does get easier as time goes on. It’s a hard process to stomach and the time it takes to ease varies for everyone. I’m going to talk about it with respect to losing a loved one here, as I believe this is what is talked about the least, and is oh so more relatable with everything that has happened this year (unfortunately.)

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Blogmas: How To… Make Gingerbread!

Blogmas: How To… Make Gingerbread!

Something I’ve really come to enjoy this year that brings me a little dose of happiness every time I do it is baking. It’s quite therapeutic. Now I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of the gingerbread biscuit. I am an even bigger fan of a cutely decorated gingerbread man, and it’s that time of year where the coffee shops are stocked with them (now that we can go to them again.) However, this year, I decided to make them myself! Now, I have to add that this is the first time I’ve ever made them, so it wasn’t perfect, but I found a great little recipe that is very straightforward and doesn’t take hours to make. So, here we go!

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Blogmas: Christmas Songs – The Classics

Blogmas: Christmas Songs – The Classics

It’s Chriiiiiistmaaaas! Okay… It’s not Christmas quite yet. We still have 24 days to go, BUT that does mean that the Christmas tunes will now be in full swing. So I thought for my first Blogmas post I’d collate a list of some absolute Christmas CLASSICS! Because let’s face it, you’re going to be hearing them around all over the place for the next 3ish weeks so you may as well get used to them. Enjoy them! Have a little jig (yep, I said jig. I’m sticking with it.)

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Music & Mental Health Pt 1

Music & Mental Health Pt 1

I write this post feeling now more than ever, how positive music (and the Arts as a whole) can be on our mental health. Firstly, I want to say sorry to all those people within the arts out there who have been working hard to pursue their passions and dreams, who have had to see ads like the ‘Rethink, Reskill, Reboot’ campaign, suggesting that a job in cyber for example is more worthwhile than what they do or want to achieve. As a creative myself, I feel your pain. The Arts have such a benefit to those who are part of them and those who are on the receiving end of them.

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CBD – What’s The Deal?

CBD – What’s The Deal?

You may have seen my previous posts (on Instagram) based around my intrigue into how CBD can positively affect mental and physical health. You may have also read the post stating that I wanted to do my own little experiment. Well… This will be explaining it a little more, but first it’d probably be beneficial to give a little information on what CBD is, where it comes from, and what research has found it to be useful for, in case you don’t already know.

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