UK Lifestyle

An Open Letter To Any Woman Recently Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

Plenty of people will tell you that you're 'strong' and 'brave,' that 'you have to get on and kick cancer's butt'. But underneath all this fighting talk, you might be just plain scared. We want you to know that we didn't feel brave. We felt there was never any choice but to go on.

I Always Hated Exercise, But Now I'm Part Of The 'This Girl Can' Campaign

Lydia Scott | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Sport
Lydia Scott

all women everywhereSeven years ago I watched a friend play roller derby and decided to have a go. I fully expected that I would try it out, then promptly give it up and chuck my skates into the cupboard with discarded musical instruments. But somehow I found myself hooked.

Learning To Live With Uncertainty

Christopher Dines | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher Dines

The cardinal principle with respect to addressing uncertainty is to consciously and emotionally let go of trying to control results and to anchor oneself in the present. It is by bathing oneself in the present moment that one can access infinite potential and creativity

#Adulting: Looking Behind The Hashtag

Becky Morris | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Morris

As a millennial, the reality of reaching what we consider to be adulthood feels a world away from what was promised. We believed that working hard, educating ourselves and managing our money would lead to success.

A Filth Peddler Talks TV

Jacquie Lawrence | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jacquie Lawrence

all women everywhere In today's political climate we need, more than ever, to get our stories out there. We need a forum where we can normalize our lifestyle without fear of erasure or dilution, because if we don't exist on in visual media then how can we promote, propel and prioritise our very existence in real life?

Mother's Day Without A Child

Sharron Phillips | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

Deleting the day from my calendar and staying in bed is appealing, but it isn't real life. I am finally at a point now that I can face these days with at least some kind of composure. Processing the grief of losing my babies and accepting that we would not have children has been a slow and heart-breaking process.

Why We Must All Find A Way To 'Pay It Forward'

Jackie Scully | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Scully

How do you thank people for going out of their way to be kind when you face huge challenges in your life? For someone who likes to give, it was a question that plagued me as my living room was turned into a garden centre and my shelves filled with beautiful cards and messages during treatment for breast cancer.

I Love You Mum, But This Is Stressful

Olivia Cox | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

Mother's Day is one of those annual events that sends me into crisis mode. First comes the uncertainty - a bit like when the clocks go back (which way is it this time, and is that the good way or the bad way? Does anyone really ever know?)

Wind Beneath My Wings

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

My dad and I are so much alike; we don't give in. That's why our arguments last so long. I must raise my hat to Dad for he has stayed in the picture through this all. Not many men can handle this situation, and it wasn't easy for him.

When My Kidneys Failed Me My Sense Of Humour Thrived

Jess Bancroft | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Jess Bancroft

life less ordinary banner The whole experience is a bit like climbing a mountain on which un-foretold difficulties continue to arise. These can be as small as stubbing a metaphorical toe, or as big as a ten-tonne boulder hurtling it's unforgivingly stony way towards you, Indiana Jones style, just as you are reaching for your hat.

Imperfectly Recovering From Anorexia

Jordana Hargreaves | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jordana Hargreaves

I'm still not cured, I'm far from where I thought I'd be by now but it's a necessary pit stop for the final place; to live a life where my mood is not controlled by food, exercise and mostly, my dress size.

Project Teen: Six Things I'd Say To My Teenage Self

Samantha Walsh | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Walsh

Don't be ashamed of your USP. (That's Unique Selling Point, kiddo). Yes, you do have one. Several, in fact. You're a six foot natural blonde with brains, for Christ's sake. Instead of hunching your shoulders and mooching about like Herman Munster, push your shoulders back, stand tall and be proud.

Why Work Doesn't Have To Suck

Malcolm White | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm White

If you believe that the work you are doing is worth doing, then the much bandied about, supposedly aspirational attainment of a 'work/life balance' is irrelevant; in fact it actually gets in the way of the desired state of being fully absorbed in the work worth doing. 

My Dad. My Hero

Danni Tresadern | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Danni Tresadern

Over the past four years we've watched how the dementia has really started to affect him. He is still Dad and in my mind he always will be. No illness is going to take that away from me. We take each day as it comes. We adapt and we cherish the moments, and the memories of good days.

Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

I routinely get between 7 and 8 hours sleep a night, but is it good sleep? You know, the kind that refreshes and restores, because to be frank, I don't always bounce out of bed each morning feeling fully rested and powered up ready to go.

Shopping For Food Online - The Game Changer We Need In The Fight Against Food Waste At Home?

James McGowan | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James McGowan

Having given this some thought, I concluded that shopping for food online has enabled me to adopt three relatively simple but hugely important new behaviours that I was previously failing to perform when shopping for food in the supermarket, after work and without a plan. These are:

This Teen Proves Down's Syndrome Doesn't Stop You Living Life To The Full

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Stanley Palmer is a spritely 15-year-old with a cheeky grin. He loves going to the cinema, grabbing a bite at Nando’s and looks forward to the day w...

Why More People Are Choosing To Live Minimally - The Month Long Challenge

Lyndsay Weir | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lyndsay Weir

Ten emails filled with free next day deliveries and 10% off today only. Eight different social media sponsored posts with free trials, hot new trends and more. Two bus stop banners, one in store point of sale display and a mail-drop brochure through the door. Two magazine covers promising that if I wear 'x' I will get a promotion or feel more confident.

Why Transitioning Is About So Much More Than Just Genitals

Lee Hurley | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Hurley

I often hear people describing being transgender as feeling like you are in the wrong body, but it's not like that for me. I'm not in the wrong body, it's just that my body was wrong. A subtle difference, but an important one.

Window To The Soul

Caragh Little | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So, somewhere in Australia, there's a bird staring at its own reflection in a window.

Abort Foetuses On Grounds Of 'Wrong Sex'?

Rhys Wyn Evans | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Rhys Wyn Evans

But I do know this, as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March: Doc Savage is so incontestably right that she is totally wrong; Iceland is wrong; the abortive uses that NIPT will lead to in the UK and the Netherlands are wrong.

Go Barefoot This Spring to Awaken Your Highest Potential

Jayne Morris | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

I hadn't taken my shoes off and walked barefoot since last summer. But, a couple of weeks ago the sun was shining, the first signs of spring had emerged and I decided to indulge in being barefoot, my favourite method for bringing mind and body present, so that it is possible to hear the deeper stirrings of the soul.

Mindful Money - What I Learned When I Lost My Credit Card

Juliet Simmons | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Simmons

We don't need to have "real" cash in our hands or our pockets so we spend without thinking with just a tap on a machine. I realised that now I was in a situation where I could only spend the cash that was in my wallet I was thinking more about what I was buying and was more aware of what I had spent.

Dealing With An Epilepsy Diagnosis

Katy Mann | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

So the purpose of this blog is to see the funny side of life. Life may be very difficult right now but I still have my sense of humour. I can only compare my life at the moment to one of a slug. I spend most of my time horizontal and moving slowly from room to room. The difference is I have arms so while I may feel as useless as a slug right now I still have the ability to type.

To Hijab Or De-jab?

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing which has been central to me writing it; I don't know if I want to continue wearing the hijab.