When is it ok to use the 'O' word?

When is it ok to use the 'O' word?

How many of us tell our children that with hard work and perseverance they can be anything they want? Research now tells us that this may be the wrong approach to take, exposing our kids to the harsh reality of failure should they aim too high. Instead of perpetuating the lie that you can do or be anything, we are encouraged to set realistic goals for our offspring, explaining to them the hard work involved with success and that most people will be nothing more than average…and that’s ok! Should we teach our kids the value of being ordinary? Since when did dreaming become so dangerous?

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Would you share your clothes with a stranger?

Would you share your clothes with a stranger?

What to do with unwanted clothes is a conundrum I have been contemplating for some time now. Too precious to part with some of my higher-end pieces at a car boot sale, there are limited options available for secondhand wear in Jersey. But what if we were able to share our most prized possessions with others rather than sell them, breeding an altogether more sustainable approach to fashion addiction? Could Jersey catch on to the clothes-sharing craze that is set to sweep the UK this year? 

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New Year, Old Me

New Year, Old Me

With only one day to go until we start to make promises to ourselves of better things to come, I’m feeling very cynical about New Year’s resolutions and the concept of a do-over. If clean slates were handed out I fully deserve to be at the top of the list, screw Santa and his ‘nice’ list - I’m owed 2019 and in a big way! But instead of setting goals to be fitter or thinner, to complete new challenges or achieve new career highs I’m giving myself a break. Avoid the effort of creating a new me, I’m looking to get comfortable with the old me instead. 

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Interview with a Mad Girl

Interview with a Mad Girl

As an avid runner and someone who has been quite vocal about my dealings with mental health I jumped at the chance to meet Telegraph journalist, author and Prince Harry’s new BFF - Bryony Gordon. Her latest book, ‘Eat.Drink.Run’ promised to be an account of how training for the London Marathon kick-started a journey of recovery for someone who suffers from OCD and depression. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was actually very little narrative on running within the book. Instead, it is a story of positivity and of finding hope in the midst of crippling mental health struggles.

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Does my smile offend you?

Does my smile offend you?

The wider discussion surrounding mental health has done a lot to diminish the stigma of suffering mental difficulties, leading more people to become open and share their stories. Hearing that others are going through the same struggles undoubtedly helps, but it has also brought about a secondary issue. Nowadays it is rare to scroll through social media without coming across posts on ‘how I overcame adversity’, ‘breaking free from stress’ or ‘finding the path to better mental wellbeing.’ Certain journeys of recovery may be helpful, but too often mental wellbeing is commercialised, flooding the internet with false promises, insincere messages and unrealistic goals. 

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Jersey Style Awards: Who, What and Wear!

Jersey Style Awards: Who, What and Wear!

If you weren’t lucky enough to make it to this year’s Jersey Style Awards, worry not! I’ve rounded up all the glitz, glamour, drama and style for you from Jersey’s most exclusive lifestyle event. Crammed with well-known celebrity names, the annual event is fast becoming the most anticipated party of our summer calendar as Islanders flock to find out just who from Jersey has award-winning style!

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