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Stringer Bell: Super Pup

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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If you’d have told me three years ago that this little ball of fur would completely change my world, I’d have scoffed it off. But that’s exactly what happened. Stringer Bell just has this way of lifting your spirits. A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with advanced Lymphoma and given two months to live. Life since then has been endless vet visits, medication, tears and cuddles. But because he’s Super Pup, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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Sometimes it Takes a While

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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Back in early August, the September issue of ELLE magazine hit the news stands. This was the first issue with my new monthly column as ELLE’s Fitness Editor in it. I posted the above pic on my Instagram, noting that I was the teenager who stock piled ELLE magazine and dreamed of working for them one day. And finally, at age 35, this is where I find myself. Sometimes the dream takes 20 years. So how can you stay focused, committed and keep hope alive all that time?

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I’m Not Pretty & I’m Fine With That

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

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This week, I was a speaker at an event for ELLE Magazine and Matches Fashion. I had that nervous excitement going on all day. After finishing my talk in the evening, I chatted with attendees who all shared how much they’d enjoyed my story, I listened to theirs and was riding high off the energy of being lucky enough to do what I love and be in a room full of like-minded people who appreciate it.

ELLE had live streamed the event. I got home, caught up with texts from friends congratulating me and asking how it went, then checked the videos on ELLE’s Facebook page. The first comment under a clip of me introducing myself?

‘She looks like a man.’

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Embracing Imperfections

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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I’ve always been self conscious about my teeth. On a 1-10 scale of fucked up-ness, 10 being the worst, mine probably only ranked around a four, but it was enough to make me start hiding my smile. And that really annoyed me, ’cause I’m all about loving yourself for who you are and all that good stuff, but I just couldn’t find it in me to love my crooked teeth. So I battled with it, for a long while; find a way to get comfortable with them or get them corrected?

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Feelin’ Yo’Self – Body Confidence

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The latest episode of the No BS Guide to Life is all about body confidence, self acceptance, defining beauty for yourself and just being comfortable with who the hell you are.

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The Hustle: Keepin’ it Real

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Pursuit of your dreams takes hard work. Long days, sleepless nights, constant graft. You’ve gotta live and breathe it every second of every day to get ahead in the game. This is what the internationally successful entrepreneurs of our time, like Gary Vaynerchuck, will tell you. Meanwhile, just writing those first couple of sentences tired me out a little. I’m driven and goal oriented, but sometimes when I look at the supposed schedule I’m meant to keep to become wildly successful, I question whether I can maintain my fiery gusto on that kinda level. It’s time we got real about ‘the hustle’.

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To Say or Not to Say

Monday, May 30th, 2016

We all have that one co-worker whose life we know every little detail of, despite not really wanting to. This week on the podcast, we discuss oversharing at work, why it’s important to draw boundaries and practice professionalism and how to shut down those invasive questions when you’re not interested in sharing your business.

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The Flakiness Epidemic

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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Trying to make arrangements to do anything in this day and age can be hellish. I miss the days where all we had were landlines, you could call your friend up on a Friday night: ‘wanna hang out tomorrow?’ ‘Sure!’ And hang out you would. Ahh, it was a simpler time. But then you grow up, you have a job, family, commitments and all that jazz and it would seem we lose the ability to agree to do something, then actually follow through with said thing. Flakiness is a trait that permeates through modern culture like a big ugly plague.

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Choosing to Not Have Kids

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This week’s episode of The No BS Guide to Life is all about choosing not to have kids and why that seems to be such a radical decision as a woman. Oooh, we delve deep, my friends. Have a listen, share, discuss and all that good stuff.

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On London Fatigue & Self Care

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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I love London. I really do. I sometimes still wander around in complete awe that I actually live here. But much as I love it, my GAWD, is it exhausting. I feel incredibly lucky that I can escape up to Leeds every now and then to chill with my family and decompress. Sometimes I’m good at recognising the signs that I need to do that and sometimes, not so much. Either way, my few days up North last weekend were a welcome respite for my soul.

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