Please Connect

I had a vivid dream the other night. I’d entered a competition to perform in a show, which (to cut a long story short) resulted in me becoming a stagehand. My subconscious is cruel; it wasn’t the role I was aiming for!

Anyway, as I stood at the side of the stage, I watched the two lead characters performing a dramatic scene. The actress arranged her face so that it looked Continue reading

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Is Crossfit Unfeminine?

‘I would lift weights, but I don’t want to get big.’

‘I want to be strong…as long as I don’t “look” strong, if you know what I mean.’

‘Aren’t you worried that you might become…ya know…bulky?’

The last question always makes me laugh. I usually joke that becoming bulky takes a lot of hard work and I’m far too lazy! I’m not bulky (and neither are my Crossfit friends), but if I was, I’d wear my muscles as if they were medals.

Women want to be respected for their Continue reading

Run for Your Life from Excuses

Running. It’s on today’s to-do list. Running.

You’re sleepy, Hannah, stay in bed.

Yes, I certainly am, Excuses. But I’m always sleepy in the morning…for a good 2-12 hours!

Ha. Is that a headache you’ve got? A little pain in your right temple. Don’t go. Running with a headache is a bad idea and you won’t want it to get worse…

Shh, I just need to stretch my neck.

Eww, that rain isn’t going to be nice to run in, Hannah. Listen to the pitter-patter on your skylight. There, you might be able to sit up and yawn, but I see those anxious eyes. Continue reading

Healthy Diet: Lessons from Minimalism?

I was watching lifestyle videos the other day and I noticed parallels between minimalism and my attitude to food. There are two questions that minimalists often seem to ask when deciding whether to keep something: Does it serve a purpose? Does it spark joy? Items that don’t do either of these things don’t deserve a place in our homes. I’ve only just realised that I use a similar approach for a ‘healthy diet’.

Food that Continue reading

And Thus Endeth 2017

At this time two years ago, I started my blog. I had been thinking about it for a while, waiting for the ‘right’ time, and it basically came down to just do it. I’m so glad I did!

I started off not having a clue what I would write about, but I optimistically aimed to post twice a week. It quickly changed to once a week. Pretty soon, I struggled to do even that and went for the whole of June without posting anything. Still, I finished 2016 with forty blog posts, covering a variety of subjects.

I started 2017 knowing it would be a busy year. I didn’t want to make any goals for my blog schedule that would inevitably lead to failure. Instead, I decided to only post every two weeks. If I had the time or inclination to write more than that, then I would post them anyway, or hold them back for another time.

I surprised myself Continue reading

When She Wrote on a Whim…

Mon 23rd Oct: My MA Forum Moderator posted about an opportunity for young people: Electric Read’s Young Writers’ Fiction Anthology 2017. They feature twenty-five of ‘the best young writers in Britain’. I saw that it was a free, email-entry competition, and within five minutes I had submitted a story – the final assignment of my degree Creative Writing module.

I told no one; not even Mum, who I would normally consult and call on for editing advice! I’d only entered one short story competition previously, and didn’t get anywhere – the judge’s comments showed that they weren’t interested in realist fiction. I had no expectations this time.

Tue 14th Nov: I was Continue reading

The Psychology Thread

I have a broad range of interests. It used to bother me that I didn’t have time for them all and that I couldn’t settle on one for long. I discussed this in ‘Too Many Interests’. However, I’ve recently noticed that the ones I’ve stuck with have something in common: they have a strong psychological element.

At Crossfit, I often reflect on the thoughts behind a workout, the things we tell ourselves, the way we interact with each other, and the inextricable link between the physical and psychological parts of our being.

The musical side of band-conducting and one-to-one teaching is key (pun not intended!), and yet I’m probably more drawn-in by the Continue reading