Although in 2020 I read more fiction – probably as a way to escape from the doom of real life – memoirs are one of my favourite genres. Unlike biographies or autobiographies, in memoirs the author only details a particular event or a number of significant events that have shaped their lives thus far.
For the first time in your adult life, you are willingly asleep long before the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. 2020 moves into 2021, passing you by because you are snuggly tucked up in bed.
TW: disorderly eating and bulimia.
I, like so many of us put on weight this year. It felt like one day I woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed what looked to me like huge, red, blotchy stretch marks, surrounding my hips and thighs.
Lack of sleep is my number one enemy. I also have a habit of getting hangry but this is easily solved. I am not however, someone who miraculously manages to function on a few hours shut eye; sleep brings out the best in me.
Christmas is going to look very different for everyone this year; with Christmas parties over Zoom, empty markets whilst everyone shops online and many of us not being able to see loved ones. And, yet I haven’t felt this full of festive joy in years. Like so many others, festivities have offered a welcome distraction from the ongoing bleak news of the world.
November saw England go into lockdown 2.0 and I decided to document this bizarre time in most of our lives with a very public diary! You can read part 1 here.
On How to Fail podcast, Elizabeth Day asks interviewees about three of their failures, what they have learnt from them…
Day 1: Half way through day one and I’ve already disabled Instagram. The presidential election has left me angry, anxious…
With little else to keep me occupied, I’m using whats on the box to keep track of the days of the week. Tuesday and Saturday evenings actually have plans! Granted, these ‘plans’ are sat on the sofa with the telly on but it’s about the closest thing to scheduled activity I’m going to get in the lead up to Christmas.
I have been looking at ways to be more gentle with myself and really identify what helps to ease my anxiety. With a global pandemic along for the ride, it has a been a great un-learn and re-learn situation. In the last few days I have been thinking about what I can use to help me through lockdown 2.0.