As many of you are now aware, I’m a massive fan of soap operas. Yes, they’re a bit silly but soaps consistently provide us with edge-of-your-seat, water cooler moments that make for must-see TV. With the start of a New Year, I thought now was the perfect time to give my verdict on soap in 2019 by outlining by seven favourite soap plotlines of the year. Buckle up for a wild ride… Continue reading “Seven Favourite Soap Plotlines of 2019”
Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you that I’m a typical Yorkshireman. I hate spending money. This means that over the years, I’ve become an expert in saving, identifying ways to claw back every penny I can. I wanted to share some of my hard-learned wisdom with all of you, so get your pen and paper out and start taking notes, as I reveal seven handy ways to budget your finances.
#1 Use a spreadsheet
It’s a good idea to have a written record of your budget, which you can refer back to and adapt as needed. I use an excel spreadsheet, as it’s versatile enough to allow me to change my spending plans when necessary. On this, I record the nature of the cost (e.g. rent), the amount, frequency of the payment and whether it’s money going in or coming out, so I have a clear overall picture of my finances. Continue reading “Seven Handy Tips for Budgeting Your Finances”
Famous for its live music acts, bustling gay quarter and upscale cocktail bars, Manchester offers you the chance to enjoy the night of a lifetime. Want to start the night off right? Head to Dive NQ first, where you can drink, dance and be merry, putting you in the mood to trip the light fantastic.
Location, location, location
Based on Tib Street, Dive NQ is ideally located for a Manchester bar crawl. A few minutes away you’ll discover popular Northern Quarter drinking holes such as Tusk, Bar 21 and Cain & Grain, while you’re also just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Gardens. It only takes a quarter of an hour to reach the rainbow-festooned bars of Canal Street, with the neon light-strewn dance floors, from here too. Continue reading “DIVE NQ: The Perfect Place To Start A Night Out In Manchester”
If you’re like me, and you’re not a natural gym bunny, then getting fit is a trial to be endured. Not only do you have to push your body day-in and day-out, but you need the mental fortitude to see your fitness regime through. As someone who took a long time to find the right fitness programme, today I thought I’d talk about how in order to do so, I had to develop the right mindset.
Two year journey
A while back, I regaled you with the incredible tale of my two journey to becoming a fitter me. It took a lot of hard graft, determination and above all, resilience. I’d spent years trying fad diets and crazy exercise regimes and none of them worked. Oh they were effective at first, but it never lasted. I’d always lose motivation eventually, regain the weight and start the whole cycle all over again. Continue reading “Embracing Fitness: The Mental Side Of Getting Fit”
Music has this unique ability to inspire and empower us, so here’s a little suggestion – next time you’re feeling down, try these seven classic mood lifting songs that are ideal for any music connoisseurs playlist…
We all need a little pick-me-up from time to time. Whenever I’m feeling down, I pop in some earphones, turn the volume up and hit the play button. Music has this unique ability to inspire and empower us, so here’s a little suggestion – next time you’re feeling down, try these seven classic mood lifting songs that are ideal for any music connoisseurs playlist… Continue reading “Seven Classic Mood Lifting Songs For Any Music Connoisseurs Playlist”
Today marks both the culmination of a journey that my family has been on for a century, and the beginning of a new one. This is the day that the BBC aired series 2, episode 7 of its Murder, Mystery and My Family programme, which charted a great-granddaughter’s quest for the truth. This woman was my mother, and her great-grandmother was Emily Swann, who was hanged for murder in 1903.
Sins of the Family
This journey began years back, when my mum started researching our family history. What she found was a tale of strength, courage and redemption against incredible odds. She went on to write a book which tells the story of five strong women in my family, from my great-great-grandmother to mum herself, exploring how my family came to terms with and dealt with the sins of our past. Continue reading “Murder, Mystery And My Family: The Personal Journey”
Literary characters have the ability to draw us into these worlds and take us on these journeys – that’s something that I think deserves to be shouted about and celebrated. Here are seven of my favourite figures in literature and why I love them…
I have always been a passionate lover of literature. Books are so magical; they take us away from the real world, and carry us on a journey of discovery and adventure, making you a different person when you finish turn over that last page. It’s the characters that have the ability to draw us into these worlds and take us on these journeys – that’s something that I think deserves to be shouted about and celebrated. Here are seven of my favourite figures in literature and why I love them… Continue reading “Seven Of My Favourite Figures In Literature… And Why I Love Them”
From the minute I cracked open Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time, I’ve been hooked. Well, I’ve recently discovered Pottermore and I think any Harry Potter fan worth their salt needs to explore this site.
Like any kid born in the late 80s/early 90s, I’m a total Harry Potter geek. From the minute I cracked open Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time, I’ve been hooked. Well, I’ve recently discovered Pottermore and I think any Harry Potter fan worth their salt needs to explore this site. It’s basically a treasure trove of fascinating info that any Potterhead is destined to love! Continue reading “I’ve Finally Discovered Pottermore And I’m Totally Geeking Out”
I feel like I’m about to take a very bold step. It’s OK Joe, take a deep breath, you’ll be fine. Here it goes. I’d like to share with you all today that I’m a fan of soap operas…
I feel like I’m about to take a very bold step. It’s OK Joe, take a deep breath, you’ll be fine. Here it goes. I’d like to share with you all today that I’m a fan of soap operas. And when I say I’m a fan, I mean that I’m a massive fan. There may be a lot of social stigma attached to watching soaps, but they’ve served an important purpose in my life, so today I’m here to defend their honour. Continue reading “Guilty Pleasures: I’m Outing Myself As A Soap Fan”
I recently started an exciting new job as a Content Executive for a financial technology firm. This had an unexpected impact on my fitness routine, forcing me to make changes to a regime that I’ve doggedly followed for years. Here’s how I adapted my fitness routine to meet my new normal. Continue reading “Changing My Fitness Routine For My New Normal”