A Life Of Balance

An intro to Us & Our Earth…
How to find stability within yourself and the world around you.

My Month in Music: December 2021

Hello! Welcome back to the third post in my series ‘My Month in Music’. To round off the year, here’s 5 tracks catching my attention this month. 1. Straight To Hell – The Clash With a melody that first became familiar to me via a sample on MIA’s 2007 track ‘Paper Planes’, it wasn’t until…

Music for Mental Health (Review series): Orla Gartland

Date: 10th October 2021, Venue: Riverside, Newcastle Orla Gartland (+ Greta Isaac, Clean Cut Kid) Exactly 2 months to the day later, here I am with a hopelessly delayed post about Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland’s first ever (?!) headline gig in the toooon. Many Sundays ago, I found myself (you guessed it) back in Newcastle…

My Month in Music: November 21

Hello! Welcome back to the second post in my series ‘My Month in Music’. Here’s 5 tracks on my November playlist that I’m listening to and loving right now. 1. Kingdom by Joy Crookes I LOVE this song. Suave, slick and silky smooth, instantly it makes you want to move and sing at the top…

Feelings on COP26: 320 miles away from Glasgow

I initially wrote this as an instagram caption but wanted to share it with you here too. Feelings on #Cop26(320 miles away from Glasgow) 🌍 A lot of this week I’ve felt a sense of hopelessness, not least because I haven’t been there in person for the biggest & most pivotal climate conference in our history….

My Month in Music: October 21

There are 2 kinds of people: the ones that organise their playlists by time and those that curate their top tracks according to theme. Maybe that’s not entirely true. But alongside playlists made for specific people and moments in my life, every month since July 2019 I’ve made a playlist dedicated to the memories and…

Music for Mental Health (Review series): Tom Grennan

Date: 6th October 2021, Venue: O2 Academy, Bristol Tom Grennan (+ Dan D’Lion, Daniel Briskin) If I could have chosen a way for a Tom Grennan gig to go, stomach cramps would not have been the one. Despite every will to watch the night’s opening acts at Bristol’s O2 Academy, Dan D’Lion and Daniel Briskin’s…

Music for Mental Health (Review series): Inhaler

6 days, 4 cities, 3 spectacular nights. A week ago today was world mental health day … and (coincidentally) the day that rounded off my week long “tour” of the UK soaking up live music. As long-awaited plans came together and last minute bookings were set in stone, the days running up to 10th October…

Imperfection and rejection: An 8-step guide to accepting failure

We’re taught way too much to strive for perfection. The next step on the career ladder, the next socially acceptable milestone and if you’re a writer, the next byline in a top publication. Feeling ‘less than’ can leave us in a state of inertia where we’re unable to do anything for fear of getting it…

Whitehaven & Windermere: A whirlwind trip to Cumbria

Sunshine, stunning scenery and dancing on the beach at midnight…what more could you wish for? After a string of deadlines in May, travelling across the country to Whitehaven felt like the holiday I didn’t know I needed. From fell walking and canoeing to sea swimming and baking, my friend was the queen of knowing the…