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When the Sponge Finger Chooses You

Jude Coy | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

It was the week before Christmas. Whilst everyone else was getting ready for the festive season, scoffing mince pies and adorning themselves in Christmas jumpers and cheap sparkly tinsel, we were sitting in an NHS consulting room watching and feeling the bottom fall out of our world. Our picture perfect future crumbling into dust.

I Am Forgetting to Live

Maliha Reza | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

I hope both you and I read this in a few years and realise we learnt how to live in our own ways. I hope we learn more every day and I hope memories that we made become (in time) something we come to treasure rather than despise.

Leaning in to Life and Love

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Walking along the Tube platform I noticed an elderly couple. The woman was on the train, and, through the open doors, she was holding the hands of a man. They were gazing at each other. The emotion in both their faces was palpable. Something was being said between them, unspoken.

The Plastic Bag 'Dilemma'

Sacha Knop | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Sacha Knop

It's been a few weeks since we need to pay for our plastic bags in the UK and it's amazing how much of a topic it's been... literally everywhere. I don't think most people realized how far the plastic bag had made its way into our lives. I don't think I did.

Coming Home

Tara Mestre | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tara Mestre

If it's possible for six days to say no to fear, to go to a place where fear doesn't exist then surely that must mean that fear isn't real and is something that is imposed on us by the circumstances we live in or by what we believe to be circumstances that stop us from doing what we really want. Mind boggling no?

Is There a God?

Tim van der Vliet | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK
Tim van der Vliet

About 7 years ago I started I started opening up to what was really important to me and I became interested in life questions like: what does really matter to me? Is there more than what we can perceive with our five senses? What is my goal in life? And of course: is there a God?

Be True to Your Dreams

Sara Meredith | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Meredith

Yet I so wish I could go back to that scared 14 year old girl and to tell her to own her dreams. To not care what others may believe to be unrealistic, to know that her hopes were within her reach.

National Burns Awareness Day: Raising Awareness To Save Lives

Lucy Wilson | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

Some people can't resist the strong taste of coffee in the morning or the tender smell of a Yankee candle in the evening. We all come into contact with hot substances on a daily basis. However, it is estimated that over 121,000 people are seen by burns services and emergency departments each year...

Life Lessons From Lance Armstrong

Chris Ward | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Sport
Chris Ward

At last - my work is complete! After 20 years of working with movies and 13 years of cycling, its all come together and culminates in me being quoted ...

Here's to All Those Women

Lorna Harris | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorna Harris

The sad passing of icons such as Jackie Collins and Cilla Black hit me hard. These glamorous, bright, fiercely intelligent women who were legendary ...

Why I Gave Up All of My Plans, Permanently

Holly Seddon | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

If you spend your life focussing on an end goal or set of end goals, with tight timescales, you're setting yourself up to either fail (because who on earth can hope to hit every goal) or miss out on an awful lot by racing to the finish.

An Open Letter for Those Who Have Thought About Ending It All

James Dwyer | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Dwyer

I'm sure, like me, you go through times when you wonder what it's all about. Why does so much bad stuff happen? Why is it so difficult for things to just be... good? Why do I feel so miserable? Is there any point carrying on?

A Note to Everyone Who Did Not Get the Grades They Wanted

Victoria Leith | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Victoria Leith

I am sure there are many like me who did not get the results they wanted. Is this you? If so, I need to let you know something. It is OK. Really!

The Joy of Turning a Sprint Into a Marathon

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I now look back on a life filled with adventure and excitement as living a series of sprints. What has changed for me is the absolute assurity that I would die young has gone. I now hit 50 years on this planet knowing that I have no idea how long I have ahead for the first time in my life.

Kickstarting My First Book

Martyn Sibley | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

From Mexico to Lithuania to Japan, my book will chart the ups and downs of my globetrotting to date, and show how I developed from a child who thought travelling without the support of his family would be impossible, to a 21 year old who set off for Australia without them.

Finding Peace

Laura Humphreys | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Humphreys

One of my favourite places to go and visit is the local graveyard. We live on a square block, the streets conveniently named North, East, South and West, and the cemetery is on the North side of the square. I have no relatives or friends buried there, in fact, I have no connection to anyone there. But there's something about the ambience, the peace and the love that has gone into that patch of land that permeates the air and is hard to find anywhere else.

Travel Makes Me Happy: What about You?

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Travelling makes me happy because it blesses me with some of the best and funniest memories I have in my life so far. Singing Grease Medley on a rooftop in Palermo (those poor locals), paragliding off a cliff in Turkey, falling over inside a pyramid in Egypt, and falling in a lake when visiting relatives in Germany all make for great stories, but even better memories.

Good Versus Good: A New Way of Exploring Business Problems

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

The concept of "Good versus Good" is not just a way of approaching business. The Goods allow us to get to the root of our thinking and behavior quickly. They allow us to understand where people are coming from. This allows us to transform our differences into common ground, and make better business. That's when grey becomes a beautiful color. That's when it's all good.

Youth Will Not Define Adulthood

Maliha Reza | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

Youth is a time for experimentation. To make mistakes and suffer the consequences, but then to do it again because it was just as thrilling as the first time. I'm not saying your youth is meant for recklessness but it is one of the few times you can be reckless and have no serious repercussions; depending on the context of course.

How to Increase Happiness and What Really Matters

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

When it comes to aims and ambitions in life, most people admit that their main aim in life is to be happy. This will mean different things for different people, but when you feel happy, you are relaxed, you are content and you are more confident.

The 'Work/Life Merge'- It's Official. Friend or Foe?

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

Our work and home life are no longer two separate entities. This merging of worlds has been made possible due to mobile technologies and portable WiFi, so whilst we may be out of the office in body, we're still there in mind.

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

Fast Food Worker's Act Of Kindness Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Over his five and a half years of working at a fast food restaurant, Ridge Quarles has got to know one of his customers pretty well. So when the wo...

The Unfolding Self

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

We Brits are probably the best in the world at talking about the weather because we so hope the sun will finally break through the clouds and when it does, we are literally over the moon with happiness.

I Want It All, and I Want It Now

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leeanne Boulton

I don't have time to exercise. I've got fat. I'm constantly wired from mainlining diet coke instead of lunch. My phone beeps constantly from the SIX Twitter accounts, four Facebook accounts, instagram and pinterest accounts that I manage from the iphone I'm enslaved to.