It’s Okay If You’ve Dropped Your New Year’s Resolutions Already

Published 10th January 2021 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “You don’t need a new you. You don’t need replacing every year like another iPhone. Don’t throw yourself away like another piece of plastic trash. Love the old you. Improve, evolve, do better, but head towards yourself, not away. Be gentle with your mind.” … Continue reading It’s Okay If You’ve Dropped Your New Year’s Resolutions Already

Theatre Review: Twenties // Online@theSpaceUK

Published 9th January 2021 by The Indiependent Trigger warning: this performance and review of Twenties contains references to sexual assault. A humorous, heart-warming production from Online@theSpaceUK’s Season 2 line-up, Charlotte Anne-Tilley plaits together many of the difficulties that come with leaving home for the first time in her production Twenties. As she waves goodbye to her family home in order to “get the hell out … Continue reading Theatre Review: Twenties // Online@theSpaceUK

Obsessive Perfectionism at Christmas

Published 24th December 2020 by The Insecure Girl’s Club My family have always (both silently and rather vocally) shunned me for my insane love of Christmas. The look of confusion in their eyes as I gleefully wrestle with my Dad’s suit jackets to collect everyone’s presents from the back of his wardrobe, squealing “Don’t worry! I’ll wrap everyone’s presents!” with all of the joy of … Continue reading Obsessive Perfectionism at Christmas

21 Things I’ve Learned As I Enter My 21st Year

Published 13th December 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties. “Suddenly, you’re 21 and you’re screaming along in the car to all the songs you listened to when you were sad in middle school, and everything is different- but everything is good.” – Unknown. On Wednesday, I turned the big 21. I spent the … Continue reading 21 Things I’ve Learned As I Enter My 21st Year

Platonic Love Can Be The Greatest Love Of All

Published 29th November 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “Nearly everything I know about love, I’ve learned from my long-term friendships with women.” – Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love. It’s so easy to walk through life tunnel-visioned when you’re in a new, romantic relationship; you don’t seem to see your friends as much, … Continue reading Platonic Love Can Be The Greatest Love Of All

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

Published 15th November 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “The acute paranoia and dread in the sober hours of the following day become a common feature of your mid-twenties. The gap between who you were on a Saturday night, commandeering an entire pub garden by shouting obnoxiously about how you’ve always felt you … Continue reading One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

Learning To Love The Mundane

Published 1st November 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “But if we are to find real and lasting happiness in our lives, we need to abandon our obsession with hunting the highs and resisting the lows, and discover the hidden secrets of the ‘calm’.” – Fearne Cotton, Happy. Is it just me who … Continue reading Learning To Love The Mundane

I’m From Wigan, Me: A Love Letter To My Home Town

Published 14th October 2020 by The Hysteria Collective On the main road, the buzz of suburban, school-run traffic makes for a polite yet incessant accompaniment to my uphill walk. I squint my eyes, fighting against the sun, and see the corner shop on the horizon. My strides get longer and faster. Pushing the door open, a sharp bell rings and the thick scent of the … Continue reading I’m From Wigan, Me: A Love Letter To My Home Town

Family Is A Privilege, Not A Right

Published 4th October 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “It’s important to keep in mind that we decide the value people have in our lives, which means we can significantly control how much they affect us. It also means we can decide how much space they can take up in our minds.” – Chidera Eggerue, How To … Continue reading Family Is A Privilege, Not A Right

The Art Of The Panic Masters: How Do I Graduate?

Published 20th September 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “‘Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future,’ noted the writer Kahlil Gibran, ‘but from wanting to control it.’” – Pandora Sykes, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? Ah, Masters degrees. Filled with a confusing concoction of intelligent go-getters with mood boards, perfectly … Continue reading The Art Of The Panic Masters: How Do I Graduate?