Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests 

We decided to walk the length of Portstewart Strand and found that with each step, the beach bustle became quieter – as we passed the Windbreaker-in-any-Weather families, the enthusiastic games of “beach volleyball” (quotation marks intended), the romantic wanderers and the new puppies, the sand looked more vast and more ‘ours’. We got to theContinue reading “Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests “

6 things I wish I could say to my friends who have kids

This post was originally written for Threads. We met one night at an after-party while at University in Belfast. I loved her sparkly green shoes and she was impressed by my maxi dress. We struck up a friendship that has seen us through graduation, living together in a tiny terraced house brought to life by many fairyContinue reading “6 things I wish I could say to my friends who have kids”

The courage to plant roots

My grandpa could always be found in his garden, which was an exotic oasis full of colours and species waiting to be smelt, seen, touched. It’s no surprise, looking back, that he called each of his grandkids ‘spud’. He would spend his holidays fixing our gardens, often hopping on the plane with the thoughtful giftContinue reading “The courage to plant roots”

The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man

Unless you’ve been hiking in the Himalayas recently, you are aware that 50 Shades of Grey is hitting our big screens this very day…just on time for Valentine’s Day. Clever, clever Universal. I was going to write about why I don’t think this is good news think this is TERRIBLE, but then my friend Natalie NAILED IT.Continue reading “The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man”

7 pieces of advice for people without Valentines

Dear singletons, In four days’ time, some of us will be sprinkling red rose petals and serenading the citizens of Paris with Celine Dion covers from atop the Eiffel Tower before dancing under the stars/kissing in the rain. Some of us. The rest of us might indeed have Valentines and choose to do a) nothingContinue reading “7 pieces of advice for people without Valentines”

(ANOTHER) TOP TIP FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.

Thanks for your response to yesterday’s post. I’ve really enjoyed the conversation and think it’s an important one to have. What I was intent on doing yesterday was to dispel myths I had come across that I believed to be unhelpful – that have been in my life or that I’ve seen be difficult forContinue reading “(ANOTHER) TOP TIP FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.”

TOP 5 TIPS FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.

You know you’ve found The One when… 1. They are human, and you are too.  2. You have shared values. 3. You are both are capable of communication. 4. You want to spend time together. 5. You find each other quite smoochable. This is a little bit tongue-in-cheek, and when I asked ‘how you knowContinue reading “TOP 5 TIPS FOR KNOWING WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE.”

SINGLES: BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS.

DISCLAIMER: Boys are great. Girls are great. Marriage is great. Relationships are great. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I need to urge you, single friend, to NOT let your singleness be stolen from you. What?? Yep. I think singleness is something to treasure, enjoy, make the most of. (I don’t mean thatContinue reading “SINGLES: BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS.”

All the Single Ladies: uh uh oh, uh uh oh, oh oh oh…(ad lib).

Dear fellow singletons, 1. Being single is not your identity. I’m sorry for using the word ‘singleton’ there. I will henceforth and forevermore refrain from referring to us as ‘singles’ or ‘singletons’. This is not who we are. Hello, your name is not Single. You are single, you are not Single. It is simply a relationshipContinue reading “All the Single Ladies: uh uh oh, uh uh oh, oh oh oh…(ad lib).”