Ways to make extra money during a PhD

I was fortunate enough to have a funded PhD position from a research council. And for that I am extremely grateful. But I did need to make extra money during my PhD to cover outgoings. I did this in lots of different ways. Especially after my funding ended at the three-year point – and I Read More

Lessons from wanting to run away

There are times in most peoples lives when things are hard going, for whatever reason it just feels like life is requiring a bit more of us and it can be tough. There are things we can do in these situations, things that help us carry on when we’ve got a lot on our plate. Read More

When small steps are all you’ve got

Hello, it’s been a while – again! I’ve been busy collecting data and trying to get things into shape for the last slog on my PhD. I’m nearly on the home stretch! In this post I wanted to reflect on what it can be like when we’re only able to take small steps, what that Read More

Small steps: should we be celebrating them?

This week I wanted to share my thoughts on celebrating the small steps that take place within the bigger picture. and why I think it’s really important to do so. I’ve already given my two cents on whether it is ok to be proud of ourselves. This post has some similarities, I wanted to share a Read More

Dear Anxiety: A letter to my anxiety

Dear Anxiety, We meet again Anxiety. Thank you for dropping by. No really, thank you. I am using a different tactic this time – I hope you’ll understand and be patient whilst I try to work with you, and not against you. Let’s see how it goes shall we? See, Anxiety, I think I understand Read More

Is it ok to say “I’m proud of myself?”

I am writing this from Amsterdam airport whilst en route to some training in the USA. There is something about airports that make me feel reflective. In my last post I was feeling reflective too, and I have done whilst I had the chance to attend my regular women’s circle and catch up with friends after Read More

An honest and vulnerable share…

Yes, this is my second post in as many days. I sat down to write this post late last night after having dinner with a friend and only a few hours after my last post – which was all about non-negotiables and self-care. It feels kind of ironic in a way. I was unsure whether Read More

Non-negotiables and self care

It’s self-care week! This campaign is led by the Self Care Forum and the NHS have got on board too. The focus of this week is about empowering ourselves to look after our health and to take steps that might reduce our chances of needing medical intervention later down the line. Self-care can operate on Read More

Reflections on taking part in an Instagram challenge

Hello, it’s been a minute! I hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer and had the chance to have a break. In today’s post I want to reflect on my experience of taking part in a 31-day Instagram Challenge. Read on to find out what I learnt, whether I would do it again and whether Read More