How joining a choir made me happy

In bleak old January, I finally took the plunge and joined a choir. My friend Rob had been telling me I should join for a good couple of years, and I knew I had a relatively free few months, and popped along to the taster session for Soul of the City choir in Brighton with…

Win a hygge hamper this winter!

HOW HOW HOW have we reached this point in the year?! As I write this post, it’s grey, misty and murky outside, and I love it. I’m so much happier in this weather than in the oppressive heat. Today I wanted to do something to say thank you to everyone who’s read my blog this…

World Mental Health Day: it’s never just you

It’s World Mental Health Day 2018, and I am BIG on supporting mental health. It’s something that most of us have issues with at least some of the time, but it’s so easy to feel isolated or like it’s just you when you’re standing in the street with a racing heart and mind and you…

30 reasons I love September

It’s here! I know we shouldn’t wish the year away, but… autumn! I can already feel my energy levels rising, and the world just feels more ‘right’. The -ber months are my favourites by far, but in this post, I’m focusing on the first -ber. So, one reason for every day of this beautiful month…

Hygge and Jante Law

Have you ever heard of Jante Law before? If not, you’re far from alone. Jante Law, put simply, is a set of rules underpinning (certain parts of) Scandinavian society. It’s named after the fictional Danish town of Jante in Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose’s novel, A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks. Jante Law is all about equality,…

Capturing everyday hygge

I see a lot of articles these days decrying millennials for not living in the moment and being too glued to our various screens to look up and experience life. I agree that while spending an entire gig watching the band on stage through an Instagram filter is no way to live (and it’s not…

Where the wild roses grow

Last weekend, I went to Preston Park. It’s two minutes away from my new flat and my favourite park in Brighton, and I wanted to show a friend the roses, so off we went on Saturday evening. It’s not big, but there are hundreds and hundreds of pink and peach and white and yellow roses….

Little ways to give something back

I’ll be honest: my monthly direct debit to The Brooke came about after I saw a TV advert featuring lots of sad donkeys and horses when I was EXTREMELY DRUNK one night. I came home from a night out, flicked on a show and then clearly felt so deeply upset about our four-legged friends that…

Making memories

When you’re remembering things from your life, which are the memories that jump out to you? Are they times of sadness, grief, stress, worry? Or are they happy times – childhood trips to the beach, your first (legal) night out, your wedding day? Memories are funny things, aren’t they? The mere act of thinking about…

Danes apply for UNESCO status for hygge

Did you know that our Danish friends have applied for UNESCO status for hygge as ‘intangible cultural heritage’? I must admit, I was pretty surprised about this when the press release dropped into my inbox. I always thought UNESCO was for physical sites of cultural heritage – I had no idea that an intangible concept…

Hygge gift guide: Merry and bright

Welcome to my final hygge gift guide for this festive season! This time we’re focusing on the fun side of hygge – not just languishing in front of a log fire, but the laughter and merriment that is so integral to Christmas. If the idea of parlour games or the endless game of Monopoly which…

Hygge gift guide: Eat, drink and be merry

Oh, the best part of the festive season is the food and drink isn’t it? If we’re completely honest? Guys? Anyone with me here? Of COURSE you are – I’d bathe in mulled wine if I could, and I would happily eat yule log for breakfast every day. Eggnog before bed? Sure, why not. For…