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Resolution.

January 10, 2016
resolution

Resolution rɛzəˈluːʃ(ə)n/ noun A firm decision to do or not to do something. The quality of being determined or resolute. At the beginning of last year I made New Year’s resolutions to write a minimum of four blog posts a month, alongside dropping a dress size, not drinking in January and learning Spanish. I was as bound by that first definition as you could get. Except that I basically saw none of the above through. I managed the blog promise for seven whole months until something just had to give a little bit, because life will do that. Did I spectacularly fail at resolutions, then? Was I crying into my still cellophane wrapped copy of Spanish For Dummies come February? Does spewing out (oh, apologies, I mean carefully crafting) 50,000 words for free instead of a possible 250,000+ mean I’m worthless and useless at things? According to the first definition up there, yes…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: The Podcast Edition

November 29, 2015
Limetown

You know what’s making me really chuffing happy lately? Podcasts. Well, the clue was in the title. Way to give the game away, Jen. But SRSLY, Podcasts. Giving me life. I’ve actually altered my commute to longer but much less aggressive one, just so I can enjoy my podcasts with a slightly reduced risk of being either rugby tackled off the tube, or else catching an STI because my body parts are rammed that close to those of my fellow commuters. Also, podcasts are very much my new running fodder. I used to favour the loudest Swedish House Mafia tracks possible with the hope of drowning out my gasping and tragic breaths, but turns out being gripped by knowledge is a really excellent distraction. Who knew? They also happen to make a great soundtrack for cleaning and cooking. You can have your earphones up to near full volume without the risk…

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Body Image, Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

Dear Virtual Friend…

November 14, 2015
Life Tools

Oh hey, you made it! Amazing! SO nice to see you! How was the journey? Can I get you a tea? Gin? Thought so. You didn’t get here by accident. You’ve reached my corner of the Internet through a single click of a button, probably. Which is incredible, because you likely live a really long way from my little flat in East London. I do hope that now that you’re here, you’ll stay just a wee while. At least take off your coat and give me the illusion that you’re sort of getting comfy. There’s no need to look so worried; I won’t keep you too long and I almost certainly don’t have any bodies in my basement. Mostly because I don’t have a basement. Today is World Diabetes Day. It’s a bit weird that ‘we’ get a ‘day’ but I’m going to run with it. By ‘run’, I mean…

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Travel, Wellbeing

My First Ever Blog Post (and why it’s all Adele’s fault)

November 8, 2015
Blogging

Adele’s BACK. Thank Christ; that cackle is medicinal I’m sure of it. Also at the risk of sounding simultaneously needy AND stalkery (I’ll go with it, it’s not a new thing), can we have a night in the pub, please babes? The first single from her third album was debuted a couple of weeks ago, prompting an Internet meltdown (of which I was a ‘gushing’ part of, according to The Independent. More points to me for playing it cool) as ‘Hello’ instantly disrupted the entire entertainment industry. As I said in that… ‘enthusiastic’ tweet, she has the voice of a century. She is an incredible artist. It prompted me to spend the morning replaying her back catalogue. This, in turn, led to a somewhat empowered ‘Hell YES it’s Friday, hell YES I AM ALIVE!’ *snaps fingers* style shower and I really was the perfectly blended embodiment of both Rolling in the Deep…

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Food & Drink, Travel, Wellbeing

Jen’s Happiness Ten: Sept 2015 (Or, Fowey you stole my heart)

October 29, 2015
Fowey Town

I’m cheating with this again. Forgive me but it’s probably going to save hours of your time, not to mention exasperation over what we’ll call my ‘proficiency’ at tangents. I wanted to write you a whole, unapologetic and gushing love letter about my intense feelings for Fowey after my first visit last month. But I’ll just tell you through some phone pictures of varying quality and size instead. With a few words, first, because I just can’t help myself. Our reason for descending on Fowey was a wedding (not ours), but we decided to extend the trip for a few extra days because Cornwall is a damn long way from just about everywhere, not least Southern Spain where we flew in from after a fleeting three days in the sun with Mrs Grieves, brothers Grieves and Co. It was entirely worth it, not only for the beautiful nuptials, not only for the…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: August 2015

September 25, 2015
Crux Earrings

Ok, ok. These are getting later and later and I’m limping over the finish line of September having not written August but y’know, life. We’re not here to judge, ok?  Here’s a unicorn wine holder sculpture to make up for it. BUT… I feel responsibility to also let you know what you’re in for here. This particularly tormented reviewer has had quite the time since acquisition: ‘I bought this unicorn thinking it would bring luck, joy and rainbows into my home. Instead he just sits there, staring through my soul with his cold black eyes, just daring me to steal his bottle of sweet nectar. Then when I finally get the courage to take the wine all he does is throw judgement my way for days. Every time I pass I get the “oh hey, there goes that thieving wino again” look.’ Purchase at your peril. So… 1. Viktor E.…

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Jen’s Happiness Ten: July 2015 (Or, 10 Inspirational Speeches To Make You Happy)

August 24, 2015
Roald Dahl

This Happiness Ten has been entirely delayed due to my little digital detox, so apologies for that. *glosses over the fact that this is a July post and it’s nearly September…* I’m also cheating with this one. This list, ’23 Life Changing Things You Can Read Right Now’ was sent to me after spending many hours chatting through the funky fog I was experiencing yet couldn’t quite understand. It is a bumper page of Jen-aligned thinking, albeit on the cheesier side of the line. But in general, this stuff is my bag, you know? Less cheese for cheese’s sake, but thought-provoking inspiration from strong, humble, successful people who just got on, worked hard and made it happen. And most importantly, stayed kind along the way. I’ve picked some of my favourite people from life who have made me stop and think, along with a couple of other gems that have had me…

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Volume, down. Life, up.

August 16, 2015
Laptop

Well this is nice. It’s 8.30am. I’m in a coffee shop, post gym, using the 90 minutes I have between the end of the changing room kerfuffle and the start of my working day to bask in the glow of having hauled myself out of bed early to do good things for my body and my mind. This part of my not-every-morning-but-some-mornings ritual is my favourite. I feel good, my mind is alive, I’m ready for the day and my brain is buzzing with so many words and thoughts and ideas it’s hard to make sense of them before they spill out of the tips of my fingers. It is my time, for me only, before I have to answer to anyone else. I get to read, and I get to write. My very favouritest of things. There is just one small problem that has, for some months, prevented me…

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Uncategorized, Wellbeing

Jen’s Happiness Ten: June 2015

July 17, 2015
Glastonbury Sunset

Remember June? Glorious, chaotic, technicolor June? These summer days are whizzing by with an absolute heady fury, and my routine has been somewhat out of joint for a while. You may (although more likely not) have noticed a bit of a reduction in online noise from moi for the past few weeks – no doubt to your absolute relief if you have clocked it. To be all delusions of grandeur about it, I’ve been de-digitising a bit in order to make sure I’m actually present in the real world. That sounds entirely ridiculous and unnecessary when I write it like that, but sometimes all the amazing connectivity we now have can steadily become constant and incessant background noise that takes away from what we’re actually doing. Trying to keep up with the Internet, as wonderful as it is, sometimes leaves me feeling like I’m drowning in its enormity. So sleep…

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Body Image, Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

#DiabetesAndMe – 19 Reflections In 19 Years

June 15, 2015
Jen aged 9 and 28

This week is Diabetes Week, which I always find kinda weird, because every week is diabetes week really. How about Diabetes Life? But it’s great to have a focus and raise awareness in a concentrated way. This year’s Diabetes UK theme is #DiabetesandMe, which I like as I’m constantly emphasising how personal type 1 diabetes is to each individual living with the thing. Which can be empowering, but it also makes life very hard, as there really is no one size fits all approach to self-management. Anyways. Here we are. Last month I entered my 28th year on this earth, and also marked my 19th year as a type 1 diabetic. That’s a big portion of my life, nearly 70% in fact, in which my days have been punctuated by testing, counting, dosing and all the rest. I took some time (read: ten minutes on the tube) to ponder how…

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