Trigger warning: eating disorders, weight, anxiety.
I haven’t written about this topic in a while, because it hasn’t really been on my mind. I’ve worked hard to overcome my past eating difficulties, so I know this time of year is challenging for many. As the January dieting onslaught arrives, I want to share the advice I wish I’d received a long time ago.
I’ve spent the past couple of weeks studying, seeing family and friends, watching festive TV, reading and resting. Imagine me covered in highlighter marks and mince pie crumbs if you like.
Here’s what I’ve been creating and enjoying this month. In January I’ll be starting a new monthly series featuring a selection of my favourite things in more depth.
Now that Christmas and the new year are very much in sight, I’ve put together a list of my personal highlights from 2017. This year included difficulties, like losing our wonderful Grandad in September and our darling dog just a few days ago. But reflecting on positive experiences doesn’t take away their significance.
I’d love to hear about the best parts of your year too. Here are mine:
How many times a day do you say sorry? Once? Five times? More?
Perhaps ‘sorry’ is verbal padding, part of the way you string sentences together. It can, as writer Sloane Crosley observes, be ‘an entry point to basic affirmative sentences’. For an excessive apologiser, even simple questions or requests are accompanied by that short yet weighty word.
‘At last we’ve arrived at the season in which we are all given license to be unremarkable.’
This piece on why autumn is boring and great resonated with me.
November has been pleasantly familiar. Bright, crisp and suddenly dark.
As we enter the final stretch of 2017, I’m sharing a mini gluten free Christmas guide.
Rather than advice about preventing cross contamination, here are some festive food and gift suggestions for coeliacs.
For sixteen days each year, my older sister and I are the same age. Today she turns twenty-five.
Family members often exclaim, ‘How did we get two girls so incredibly different?’
It’s easy to laugh about the broad categories we fall into.
In this age of email overload, it may seem odd – even ridiculous – to invite more updates to your inbox.
But carefully picked newsletters deliver convenient and curated writing, podcasts and articles that you might not otherwise find. I’ve discovered that I prefer subscribing to scrolling through Twitter.
October brought grey skies that turned pink at dinner time. Crunching leaves. Meals shared with family.
It meant catching up with friends over mugs of tea after too many months, and smiling at thoughtful cards. Enjoying the scent of candles and the sweetness of the last bite of birthday cake. Anticipating what’s next.