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Nicki Kinickie

Blogger and Writer. Wife and Mother. Drinks too much wine and has too many shoes (you can never have too many shoes)

Nicki is a freelance writer, copywriter and blogger originally from Essex but now living in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. She mainly writes about mental health and wellbeing as well as everyday life with the odd topical issue thrown in for good measure.

Mental Health: My Addictive Personality

I wanted to talk a bit more about my experience as I only touched on it very lightly in my previous post. I have an addictive personality and have not necessarily been addicted to just one thing, in fact anything in life that has made me feel good or more confident or given me a buzz I have at some point been addicted to.
27/10/2017 11:46 BST

Addictive Personalities And Mental Health

If your habit, past time or 'go to' mood enhancer is causing you pain, financial issues, depression or worry, is affecting your relationships or has become a necessity rather than an enjoyable hobby then there is a chance that you could be addicted.
17/10/2017 12:48 BST

That Time I Had A Detached Retina

It was the beginning of January and everything still seemed to be settling down after the madness of Christmas and New Year. Whilst getting ready to go out with my little family I noticed a change in my vision; a ball of light that I can only describe as resembling a glare on a lens in the sun, passed across my right eye almost like a bubble.
17/08/2017 11:20 BST

10 Things We Did In The 90s That We Don't Do Now

Nineties fashion has enjoyed a revival in recent years what with chokers being all the rage again as well as high rise MOM jeans and crop tops. But there are some things from that decade, like say pagers, that are well and truly in the past and very unlikely to come back.
24/07/2017 16:53 BST

Five Tips to Tackle Swimwear Body Hang Ups

It's that time of year once again - holiday time! A time that brings both joy and dread for many of us out there because with holidays come skimpier outfits and days spent lounging around in swimwear which means a lot more of our body - and our body hang ups - are on full display.
28/06/2017 14:41 BST

News Flash: Love Isn't A Fairytale

Growing up, and indeed as an adult actually, when you immerse yourself in the world of cinematic delight, you will find that any romantic stories climax with the end of the chase. Cartoon films you adoringly watched as a child that featured a princess and a prince finished at the point they either shared their first kiss or the when they got married and lived 'happily ever after'.
02/06/2017 11:36 BST

Why Body Shape Trends Need To Stop

It sounds silly when summarised in a paragraph like that but it's true. I was a self conscious teenager who found that fashion was geared to slim girls with low rise hipster jeans and crop tops. I would get excited about buying a new item of clothing and then scowl that I didn't look like everyone else in it. Being skinny was cool and hips weren't.
16/05/2017 17:14 BST

An Open Letter To My Loved Ones About My Depression

I suffer from an illness called depression and sadly it is an illness that will always be there. There are times when I feel really good and there are times when I feel really bad. While my illness is a part of who I am, it doesn't define who I am. Even on those dark days when I feel as though it has engulfed me.
21/03/2017 13:04 GMT

15 Signs You're Secretly A Shopaholic

Sometimes there is no better feeling than the rush of buying a new outfit or bag. It can lift our spirits after a bad day or just generally make us feel that little bit more amazing BUT, can there be such a thing as too much shopping?!
10/03/2017 12:25 GMT

The Post Baby Changes That Nobody Tells You About

Whether you like it or not, when you are expecting your first child people will give you all kinds of insights into your future as a parent and share their own stories of pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
09/01/2017 17:10 GMT

Mental Health: Four Ways To Be Happier In 2017

I wanted to share what I feel has really helped me turn a corner and hopefully, if you suffer with depression and anxiety too, you may find some of these ideas helpful. Remember, just like anything else, you have to put them into practice to see results.
06/01/2017 16:44 GMT

Why The Insulting 'Tag' Memes Need To Stop

My heart sank when I read her statement. While I hadn't shared one myself, I still felt guilty for not realising the impact they could actually have. We are forgetting the strangers that are being mocked are real people with real feelings.
15/12/2016 16:12 GMT

Christmas Expectations VS. Christmas Reality

It is the same thing every year; as soon as December 1st rears its head us Christmas lovers go into meltdown. We have this deep need that grows every year to make <em>this</em> Christmas the best Christmas yet and whether it's even more decorations and lights or more pots of twiglets than your family can physically consume, no expense is spared and no detail left out. T
07/12/2016 15:49 GMT

I'm Getting Older. And It's OK.

Having turned 32 recently, I suddenly feel like time is flashing by. My 30th birthday celebrations don't feel as though they were already two years ago and I nearly dropped my cuppa when I realised the other month that I started secondary school 20 years ago this year.
29/11/2016 11:12 GMT