Category Archives: Writing

When everything feels awful, until running reminds you it isn’t: on conquering 10.5 miles Great North Run training…

I haven’t written, or even ran as much as I’d like recently. I don’t know why I thought I’d keep up with writing weekly running blog posts, on top of working full time, when for half of my job I’m … Continue reading

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Reframing your world after an ADHD diagnosis is tough; and that’s more than okay.

I’ve been been wanting to write this for a little while, but I haven’t found the words, and I don’t know yet if I want to share beyond my small blog following. I’ve had the thoughts, probably too many thoughts, … Continue reading

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Why tweeting a cat photo is easier than replying to your message

Sometimes a cat photo helps everything make sense… “You have time to tweet a cat photo, so in my mind you have the time to answer our questions,” She said. I thought I was incompetent. That I should respond quicker. … Continue reading

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Do I fit in here? On questioning a sense of belonging…

“I really admire your tenacity to conquer adversity,” I’m told. I’ve accepted these compliments, that my achievements have been noted and that I’ve had some degree of impact on other peoples lives. We all crave attention. Human connection. To feel … Continue reading

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On “where do I belong?” during a pandemic…

I have temporarily stopped using social media and probably will never go back to it, so, this piece won’t be shared there, but will possibly be read by my small following; you; and that’s okay. I still wanted to write … Continue reading

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Sometimes we just need time to think…

(For anyone who’s ever wondered if they’ve done enough…) Sometimes we need time to think, to question, to understand, to rationalise, At times we can’t explain. To understand. To respond. It’s hard not to get upset when faced with the … Continue reading

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Guilt

We feel it. We know it’s there. But sometimes we really don’t believe it, It’s in our heart. We wonder should I do that, do this, or even change? Did I help? or the opposite, did I hinder? Is it … Continue reading

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Big work feelings: Just make inclusion work, why don’t you?

Recently I’ve been asked, more than once, why I’m a youth worker? Why don’t I go into something safer? AS IF I don’t know about the extent of the cuts to youth services, and most organisations doing good work struggling … Continue reading

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New year. January feels.

Recently I read this in The Pool, that really spoke to me and then I cried. I can imagine the issues raised will speak to many, a conversation we certainly need to have more of. I,  like many other people, have been … Continue reading

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Employment isn’t always plain sailing

Back in 2010, I remember sitting in the desert in India, watching the sunset, drinking chai, writing in my journal and watching the Indians thrash us at volley ball yet again. I’d graduated from university the summer before, and life … Continue reading

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