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    Listen and learn

    I have always had a love of books but until I started my Creative Writing degree, I just read. I read the words on the page, allowing the story to lay out in my mind without really thinking about why the writer was writing that way and what they were trying to achieve by taking the story in a certain direction. During my first year of the degree, one of the assignments was to read as a writer. This changed the way I read books from then on. Looking over the words on the page and assessing why they were used and what they created has enriched my reading experience…

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    Taking Stock: February

      February is always a great month, my two older children have their birthday’s at the end of the month, the weather sometimes starts to turn towards Spring and lots of new life is popping up round in the fields including little lambs. This month really has flown by, even with the extra day, one thing I’m really looking forward to next month is changing the clocks, lighter nights will help to make us feel we are getting the most out of each day as at the moment, as soon as it starts to get dark, I’m ready to snuggle up, even if there is few more hours left to…

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    Living the dream

    When I was little, I always wanted a large house with a nice car and lots of money. I know I was not alone in wanting these things, and until recently it was still my dream. Everywhere we look, on TV, in magazine’s and even talking to those around us, the idea that we should all be striving for bigger better things is constantly being thrown at us. Keeping up with the Jones is the term for this or one of them, and I used to try and play along although we have never been in a position to really keep up. Then, one day when I was feeling as…

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    Taking Stock: January

    Well, that’s January out of the way for another year. I’ve been reading lots of great January posts and I found this cover all list over on Meet Me at Mikes and Country Life Experiment and thought I’d give it a try.   Making : a bullet journal to keep on top of life.   Cooking : lots of meals from scratch including Meatloaf and Tuscan Chicken Stew   Drinking : warm mulled juice   Reading: The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner and Moving by Jenny Eclair   Wanting: a better balance of life. Although I started our Slowly Lived project mid December, finding the right balance is still a work in…

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    The comparison game

      I love Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a great place to draw inspiration and see what others are up to. It’s also a place where if I’m not careful all those nagging voices in my head start saying; Your not good enough Look what there doing You need to try harder, be better, do more   In the past, I have listened to them and agreed.  I should be doing what they are, I need to be creating amazing images to post on Instagram and I should really try to craft more with the kids so I can make amazing collages for their bedroom. These are the voices that spurred…

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    Politics – Why I think people didn’t vote

    So the nation has apparently had their say, but have we really? In the run up to the elections, I wrote a post for the universities online paper about the changes in the way students register to vote and as part of this spoke to many students about the whole election process. The overall opinion I got was that they didn’t understand politics and as they didn’t understand, they wouldn’t be voting. This is the reason why I think more people didn’t vote last Thursday, because our electoral system is so complicated, people just don’t understand it and therefore don’t vote in something they don’t understand. I know this probably is stating…