I had a foot operation a few weeks ago hence the radio silence on the blog. It’s been a weird month, not in a bad way despite the agony of the first few weeks post-op, but because sitting still gives you a lot of time to think, to plan, and to consider how you’d cope if being dependent on others (like so many are) was your life. I have been royally looked after by H and the parentals but still, it’s an odd thing being basically inside for a couple of months. The first two weeks I had to sit…

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I haven’t written a blog post for 12 days and I’ve not done my weekly Seven Things On A Sunday post since the end of July. I’d got into such a routine (especially with #STOAS) and it’s tempting to feel like I’ve let myself down or I’ve somehow ‘blown it’. But I’ve decided that that’s destructive inner dialogue and I’m giving it up. So I haven’t blogged for a bit. Who cares? I might care a bit (or a lot if I let myself) but what have I been doing instead? I’ve been working reeeally hard, at pace, every day…

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There are two kinds of friendship break-ups. The first is a gradual drifting away that happens over a series of months, sometimes years. It’s usually situational – you used to work together, now you don’t, you used to live near each other, now you don’t. Often based around things you have in common that no longer bind you. They can hurt, I’ve had a few like that in recent years and sometimes they can be baffling: “I thought we were stronger than that?”, but it’s the second kind of break up I want to talk about. This kind is much…

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When I started this blog I never, ever intended to write about politics. Not because it’s unimportant, or because it’s something I don’t care about but because this wasn’t the place and, if I’m honest, it’s totally out of my comfort zone to discuss it here so publically. But since Friday I’m starting to think maybe this is the place. actualanna began as a (very public) corner of the internet to talk about things I care about, be it trivial (new favourite restaurant) or more serious (getting over illness). And this week I can’t think of anything else I care…

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I started this project last month, inspired by the coaching powerhouse that is Rachel Gadiel. Last month I committed to taking more supplements (I now take them every night although I took a lot of chivvying to get into the habit!), taking up netball (done), walking through the Kent countryside (which I did and ended up in this gorgeous pub), reading Smarter, Faster, Better (half way through – working on it!), writing to my lovely uncle in Spain (done), working my way through Madeline Shaw’s book Get The Glow (done, although I had a healthy banana bread disaster! :-I) and…

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