• Olive Front Cover
    Books

    My Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

    I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a bookworm and I love to read. Today I thought I would share my most anticipated reads of 2020 with you. I love to track my reading on Goodreads so that I have a clear picture of where I’m at in terms of meeting my reading goals. In 2020 I have set myself the goal of reading 50 books in the year. Last year I managed 42 books so it seems manageable. As I’m writing this at the start of March, I have currently read 12 books so I’m on track to meet my goal. There are lots of exciting books due…

  • How to support small businesses and freelancers
    Intentional Living

    How To Support Small Businesses and Freelancers

    Today I thought I would put together a list of ways you can support small businesses and freelancers from your home during this difficult time. I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that we are nearing a full lock down, and this time looks uncertain for businesses. Unfortunately, for lots of small businesses and freelancers it will be very difficult to survive financially in the current climate. However there are things you can do to support independents to keep their business ticking over. Buy a Gift Voucher from a Small Business This situation is really taking it’s toll on the leisure and hospitality industries and it will be difficult for…

  • Picture of stack of books
    Books

    My Favourite Books of 2019

    Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite books of 2019. It was a big reading year for me, I managed to read 42 books, so it seemed only right to share my favourites to give you some inspiration if you’re looking for something new to read.  My 10 Favourite Books of 2019 Normal People- Sally Rooney I think I can safely say this is my ultimate favourite from last year. I actually listened to this book on Audible but I enjoyed it so much I went out and bought the paperback to keep as well. The story follows Marrianne and Connell as they grow up and navigate an…

  • Reasons to stay alive bank of bad days
    Intentional Living,  Uncategorized

    Reasons To Stay Alive Play Review |AD

    *Please note the subjects discussed in this blog post/ book and play may be triggering for some audiences* The Book That Started It All Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. So last week when I was invited down to The Crucible by Sheffield Theatres to see the stage adaptation, I jumped at the chance.* For those of you that don’t know, Matt Haig is a successful author who has written many novels and also self help/ guide books. Reasons To Stay Alive falls into the latter category. When Matt was 24 he suffered a breakdown in Ibiza during the 90’s…

  • feminists don't wear pink
    Books,  Intentional Living

    Feminists Don’t Wear Pink Review | AD

    Feminists Don’t Wear Pink. How many times have you heard ridiculous statements like these? Even in 2019 there are still sweeping statements thrown about which suggests feminism is just about burning your bra and hating men. However it’s about much more than that. We’re over a 100 years on from women getting the vote and we may not have suffragettes anymore, but feminism is no less important, as there is still inequality in various forms throughout society. Luckily for us, women like Scarlett Curtis are here to pave the way for every modern day feminist. The Book That Started It All Feminists Don’t Wear Pink And Other Lies is the…