It’s safe to say I’ve not had the best few months. Life has definitely given me lemons since the start of September and it’s been a grim time. My heart is broken, and my life is suddenly not heading where I expected it would be. I’m also living alone in a city I moved to five months ago, where I know one person (although I’m working on that) and seeing the ghosts of the life I expected to lead here every single day. I wondered about writing something on my blog, or even just how to begin writing again at…

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So I’ve had a bit of a break from the blog. Cue lots of the usual being annoyed at myself, chastising myself and the like. Then I remembered the advice of being your own best friend, and asking myself what I’d say to a friend who gave themselves a break to focus on important life stuff, and do a bit of self-preservation. What would I say? I’d tell them they should cut themselves some slack, focus on what feels good, and come back to the non-essential stuff when the time is right. Which, thankfully, feels right about now. Why did…

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My third instalment of the So She Did Diaries is with Jenny Mustill, artist and founder of Ruby Ruth Dolls based in Brighton. It’s likely you’ll have seen these dolls somewhere, be it in a local independent shop, on an instagrammer’s social feeds or even in Madame Tussaud’s (thanks to Zoella’s love of Jenny’s creations, Ruby Ruth dolls reside next to Zoella’s wax work in London). If that’s not what success looks like, show me what does! Jenny started the business officially back in 2009, although she’s been creating for years before that. She even worked with Damien Hirst for…

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I have always been proud to be from Liverpool, I was born there, raised a few miles outside and I loved it so much I stayed and went to uni there too. It always raises a reaction, being from Liverpool. I’ve introduced myself in many countries, and in circumstances foreign to my own (a debating competition against kids from Eaton for example) and everyone knows the place I call ‘HOME home’. For the football, for the music, for the brilliant night out they had there once with the chatty cabby that took them home – whether they’ve been or not,…

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PART TWO  If you missed the first instalment of my interview with Katie Kirby, you can find it here. * I introduced a very old friend to your work who has just had her second baby and her first baby has had some health problems so it’s been a rollercoaster for her. I showed her one of your posts about sleep deprivation and she laughed and then she cried and she couldn’t stop crying! I’ve seen her cry about twice in my lifetime but it was so close to the bone for her. You do strike a massive chord, clearly.…

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