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Snaps as small pleasures

July last year I had a photography exhibition, received artist mentoring and ran community photography workshops. I decided to focus in on my Instagram and develop that as a way to grow my photography business. My photography business has grown a little, I’ve just finished going into best practice schools for a very large and […]

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Don’t be so silly

Recently I have started to become aware of the fact that I quite often say to myself: Don’t be so silly And that’s the kind version, there are other versions which can be quite nasty. I suspect that I am only catching the odd slap-down here and there, there are probably more. What that sentence […]

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Changing tastes

I have always loved dark, twisted books and TV. But there seems to be something happening to my tastes, they are changing quite considerably. I’ve written before about how I can’t watch Game of Thrones, and this same thing is affecting all the TV I watch and even the books I read. I don’t want […]

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They are Christian…

I’m quite private about my Christianity, aside of this blog at any rate, I don’t talk to people about it and I think a lot of that stems from the fact there is still a part of me that is embarrassed to be a Christian. I have spoken about that at length here and here, […]

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Making friends as an adult

I moved to Essex about ten years ago and I didn’t know anyone here aside from my husband’s family. A few years ago I realised I was lonely, I didn’t have any local friends. I don’t have kids, so the usual meeting people at the playground didn’t happen for me. When I joined my band, […]

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Going deeper

At the end of last year I passed my grade 6 flute, which I am very proud of. When I joined my band I was grade three, and January marked the start of my fourth year in the band. In the exams I do – ABRSM – you have to take Grade 5 theory before […]

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Dabbling in hobbies

I’ve always had lots of things on the go and I am always attracted to learning something new. I’ve finally realised that it is ok for me to try things out and see if I like them, and I love doing ‘taster’ sessions of new skills and crafts. I may take them up for a […]

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The power of a good question

The thought of sharing this feels me with fear somewhat. This maybe one of the times when I need to listen to Brene Brown, that she only shares her vulnerabilities when she is done processing them. But I process by writing, and so, here I go. A friend of mine is a coach and she […]

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Vulnerability and blogging

I haven’t shared posts for a few days (there is generally a bit of a lag between when I write and post, so you will have seen a few posts after the gap). The reason is that I got a vulnerability hangover even before I shared the posts. I questioned why am I doing this, […]