prioritising even when it’s scary

I realised something yesterday. I have not been listening to what I’ve been telling myself. Not properly. I tell myself all the time that it is okay to try things out of curiosity, that it is good to have a beginner’s mindset and accept that you will not be amazing at something first try (or […]

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the cyclical nature of things and rediscovery

I’m noticing more and more that things come in cycles. I don’t know whether this is because I’ve been taking the course FLOW by Claire Baker, which is all about journaling around your menstrual cycle or simply because I’m paying attention. (I want to talk about the course I took in a seperate blog post […]

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dealing with friendship breakups

I have had many types of friends. Close ones, ones I thought were going to be around forever, ones that were fleeting, ones born from convenience, ones I hardly ever speak to but are always there. During the course of my life, many of these friendships have changed. I found a diary that I wrote […]

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getting my confidence back

I sat in a room of ten talented people. All linguists, speaking more than two languages at the very least. All postgraduate students, varying in ages between 21 to 30. They were sitting, looking up at websites of other “professional translators” as examples of how we could make our websites and I could feel the dread in […]

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A love letter to my 20s

Dear Twenties, I started you in Edinburgh at University. I don’t remember where I was, but I was one year into my university experience. I had met a boy and I had changed my degree from Immunology to Chinese and I still thought University was an extension of school. You were about discovery, and struggling […]

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Saying goodbye to something that isn’t broken

It’s okay to leave something, even if it isn’t broken. I think we’ve all felt it to some extent – that niggling, tiny feeling at the back of your brain saying: but this is fine. Who are you to ask for more? Who are you to want more than this? I worked in the finance industry for […]

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Winter Magic

I moved up to Scotland, Aberdeen, last January and on our first night our boiler broke, and we huddled in our cold house, breath misting the air, under many blankets and hot water bottles to get through the -5 degrees night. We wrote hats to bed and two layers of socks and thermals, that normally […]

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