Seven Classic Mood Lifting Songs For Any Music Connoisseurs Playlist

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”

Murder, Mystery And My Family: The Personal Journey

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”

Seven Of My Favourite Figures In Literature… And Why I Love Them

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”

I’ve Finally Discovered Pottermore And I’m Totally Geeking Out

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”

Guilty Pleasures: I’m Outing Myself As A Soap Fan

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”

Changing My Fitness Routine For My New Normal

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”

The Vegetarian Conundrum: Why I Know I Should Go Veggie But I Won’t

As a well-educated, socially aware professional, I’d like to believe that I hold myself to the high moral standards which I’ve gradually come to place significant value in over the years. But we’re all hypocrites and I’m no different. I want to take some time to delve into an issue I’ve grappled with for years – vegetarianism – and why I’ll never stop eating meat even though I know really I should. Continue reading “The Vegetarian Conundrum: Why I Know I Should Go Veggie But I Won’t”