Sophie Turton

Freelance journalist, strategist and director at The Joyful Web

Sophie spends her days experimenting with communication strategies to form engaging digital journeys. She champions the importance of valuable content, authentic communications and powerful brand missions through her digital agency, The Joyful Web. Sophie is a published writer, public speaker and lover of whimsy.

Lessons From A Jaded First-Time Buyer In The South Of England

Buying a property in the south of England is an extraordinary journey in suspended belief. What could buy you a manor just past the Watford Gap will get you a glorified shed in cities like Brighton. From this point on, potential homeowner, you must dispel all dreams of grandeur - this is a 'desirable' location after all, and if someone somewhere is prepared to pay out of the petunias for it, well, then so must you.
03/10/2016 10:26 BST

20 Things You Should Know About Life

What you should do before you're 25, where you should go, how you should bring up your children - you should breastfeed, but never in public; you should work hard for the 'perfect' body, but you should never show too much of it.
24/02/2015 14:38 GMT

How I Quit Smoking and Lost 4.5 Stone

I had always been afraid that quitting smoking would be synonymous with gaining weight. I had heard so many stories of people turning to lollipops and mints to stave the cravings, was told the average person puts on 12 pounds after quitting. So I kept on puffing.
02/10/2014 10:06 BST

18 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Went to University

A fresh influx of excited faces will flood through university doors this month. It is a scary and exciting time but it is also a period of great expectation and it can be hard to prepare for such a massive change in your life's direction... In many ways I wish someone had told this to me on my first day at university.
01/09/2014 16:23 BST

Eight Ways Living Abroad Will Transform Your Life

Moving abroad is a scary prospect. The fear of the unknown is, in some way, present for everyone - even those whose intrepid spirits drive them around the globe. However, it is also exhilarating and, often, intoxicatingly addictive.
22/08/2014 16:49 BST

If Churches Paid Taxes

In a world where money is power, any organisation that makes that much profit - whether it's a church or not - needs to be held accountable somehow. The absence of data, especially in comparison to the Church of England's detailed accounts, poses the question - what is the US Catholic Church hiding? And at what point are world governments going to start holding them to account as they do with every other massive institution?
15/04/2014 11:02 BST

Forget Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, It's Pro-Female Rights

In much of the western world we have the luxury of choice, whether you agree with the actions that follow that choice or not, it is the option that is important. The lack of choice, the continued subjugation of the rights of women and the subsequent death or injury that still affects so many, is a big problem and we should not ignore it.
08/04/2014 15:18 BST

The Daily Mail Doom

I have discovered the nation's worst kept secret: The Daily Mail, that ubiquitous entity that follows your sorrow like a jewel hungry magpie, has a long-standing and ferocious bout of panphobia - the persistent, abnormal and unwarranted fear of each and everything.
07/02/2014 12:14 GMT