We travelled to Calais for a weekend to volunteer with Help Refugees UK — here’s what we learned

We travelled to Calais for a weekend to volunteer with Help Refugees UK — here’s what we learned

I tried hard to keep this short, but the truth is there's just too many important stories to tell, and too much truth to expose.  Mid-January, as I mindlessly scrolled through Instagram's myriad of exotic destinations, palatable flatlays and sponsored fashion posts, a Story flashed up at the top of my screen from a traveller [...]

A letter to Toby: what I need to get off my chest about re-homing my dog

A letter to Toby: what I need to get off my chest about re-homing my dog

Dear Toby, It's been a physically and emotionally draining morning, hasn't it? We had such a good run around the park where you had fun being chased by that little Bedlington Cross, before we collapsed into a heap and cried our eyes out into your fur. I told you that you were the best boy [...]

How breaking up with a best friend can be the hardest break up of all

How breaking up with a best friend can be the hardest break up of all

Most 30 year olds have experienced a heart-wrenching break up at least once. Perhaps twice. Perhaps fifty times if you're prone to falling particularly hard, very quickly, in love with someone. At the age of 27 I lost my best friend. I won't go into details but it ripped me to bits, having someone who'd [...]

Learning to be in a military family — and why I’m not allowed to have nice things

Learning to be in a military family — and why I’m not allowed to have nice things

We are a military family. Albeit a particularly small one, since we don't have children ourselves, and so it is just myself ("the spouse") and my USAF-owned husband. But we're a military family all the same. My husband has so far completed three moves with his military life -- but this is my very first. [...]

Do I really want to be an Instagram influencer? — digging into virtual public shaming

Do I really want to be an Instagram influencer? — digging into virtual public shaming

This is going to be a real honest post, and will probably be even more poorly written than my usual posts -- just a heads up. The first time I joined Instagram, it was circa 2011 -- about one year after the app was released. It was borne a place of cat photos and ugly [...]

One month off travel and city breaks — adventures at home

One month off travel and city breaks — adventures at home

Usually we manage to get away for a quick city break or Europe adventure every month. That's normally one (two if we're lucky!) night(s) maximum, typically with a 6am flight out of London, and an 11pm arrival back home leaving us absolutely exhausted but feeling achieved of inspiration and adventure and wanderlust. Recently we had [...]