ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW IT IS DECEMBER TOMORROW?! Despite doing decidedly very little this year, the months seem to have passed us by in a flurry of banana bread, Zoom and socially distanced walks. I feel like it was Christmas 2019, lockdown, a few weeks of summer and then somehow we have…

NON-FICTION NOVEMBER

I will read absolutely anything. I love getting recommendations from friends,family, bookstagram or seeing what my favourite authors are reading as that is normally a pretty good indicator I will like that book too. My preference is and always will be fiction because it is a greater escape from reality and that is one of…

CBD; THE NATURAL REMEDY WE HAVE ALL BEEN SEARCHING FOR!

Last year after a bout of intolerable anxiety, I was recommended CBD oil by a friend who had started using it to help her with chronic insomnia. She absolutely swore by the product and said she would take bets on it becoming the next big thing prescribed and sold mainstream in the UK. A year…

PROCRASTINATION 101

I am a writer with writers block. A sorry place to be. Nothing I write feels good enough to do anything with and because of that I havent been writing anything. I go to bed each night telling myself that tomorrow will be the day I get back on the path, tomorrow inspiration will strike,…

BOOKS THAT MATTER

Did you know that out of 16 available texts on the GSCE curriculum, only 1 is by a woman? How can we expect women and girls to be empowered if they’re not represented in the books they’re reading, and the stories they’re engaging with? How far have we actually moved since women wrote under men’s…

LARA READS

I have always been an avid reader, if you follow me on social media now you will have seen me shamelessly self promoting my new page @larareads on Instagram. I am sure that the daily uploads of book recommendations are clogging up your Insta feed. I would apologise for the relentless plugging of my lockdown…

LOCKDOWN…again.

This week we got the dreaded news that the UK would yet again be going in to a national lockdown between Thursday the 5th of November and Wednesday the 2nd of December. While this one is only four weeks (for now) it still feels like a blow. I don’t know about you but at the…

2020; THE YEAR OF THE STAY-CATION

Having a break lined up, however small or short is something to focus on, to look forward to. Sometimes that change in scenery, that a moment to relax and breathe freely is all we need. That freedom to explore and get away from it all really does have a big impact on our mental health….

GRATITUDE ATTITUDE

This is a topic I have written about before and something that I am constantly trying to maintain within my day to day life. Gratitude doesn’t always come as naturally as it should and it is especially difficult to achieve during times of strife or struggle. 2020  has been a testing year to say the…

NEW SEASON…NEW ME!

January has traditionally been the time of year for self improvement, it embodies the beginning of the new calendar and so chimes in nicely with that ‘new year, new me‘ mantra. For me however, this apparently obvious decision for everyone to begin anew as January the first rolls around feels arbitrary and possibly even a little silly….