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Birthday Post 2016: Being 27 And Doing A Few Big Things

Each year on my birthday for the last several years, I’ve sat down to make a list of all the things I’ve done over the last year. It’s a nice way of seeing how much I’ve achieved and what’s changed. Today’s my 28th birthday, so it’s time to make this year’s list....

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IVF Update: Embryo Number Two

Now that I’ve told everyone we’ve spent the last year doing IVF, I feel like I need to keep you all posted on what’s been happening recently. In my last post, I said we’d just done our second embryo transfer but that the embryo hadn’t stuck. Turns out we jumped the...

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This Is Not A Pregnancy Announcement

[Trigger warning: This post mentions miscarriage and stillbirth.] Almost a year ago, at the end of September 2015, my wife and I started the IVF process. If we’d been able to conceive naturally as soon as we started, as some couples can, we might have a two-month-old...

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I’ve Started A Podcast!

I haven’t been blogging as much as usual this summer (somehow my head still thinks we’re at the end of the summer), but I have been busy working on other projects. For the last few months I’ve been working on a podcast. I Heart Podcasts While I used to be a bit of a...

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Becoming Whole: A Christian’s Perspective On Identity

Note from Jo: This is a guest post by Thea van Diepen. It's pretty different from anything I've posted here before, mostly because it's from a Christian perspective and I'm not a Christian. But since I'm starting a podcast that's all about getting inside other...

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Birthday Post 2015: Being 26, Growing Up And Settling Down

Each year for the last few years, on my birthday I’ve taken the time to write down everything I can remember doing over the last year. It started out in a really bad year, when I was feeling pretty sucky about everything. Now I use it as a chance to see how far I’ve...

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The Song I Gave My Dad On My Wedding Day

One of the best parts of my wedding day was when I gave my family some presents, before we set off for the venue. My oldest (but still younger) sister got a memo board in the colours she's decorating her new house in. My second sister got a framed and...

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Free Personality Test Alert!

I love personality tests. You spend a few minutes answering some questions and then WHAM! You're told exactly who you are, and you realise all this stuff about yourself. It's a short cut to getting to know yourself and realising that you're different to other people...

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Are You A Multipotentialite?

I talk a lot about being a mutlipotentialite, working for Puttylike, and being a member of the Puttytribe. But I’m not sure I’ve ever stopped to properly explain what a multipotentialite is. Who knows, maybe you’re one too? What Is A Multipotentialite? Basically, a...

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My Favourite Podcasts

I’m definitely much more of a writing and reading type of person than a speaker or a listener, but over the last couple of years I’ve really got into listening to podcasts. I love being entertained while I’m doing boring and mindless tasks. I also love how much better...

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Suffer From Anxiety? Read This Book.

“I am not a psychologist, counsellor, therapist or philosopher. Sometimes I don’t even feel like a ‘professional sufferer of anxiety’, as if there’s some certificate I failed to get. Yes, somehow I am anxious about not being anxious enough to write about anxiety....

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Two Insightful Words

The other day I heard a question on a podcast that got me thinking: ‘If you could go back in time and give your past self two words of advice, what would they be?’ The idea is that, by keeping your advice to just two words, you force yourself to get to the point. To...

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The Things You Need To Feel Good

Almost two years ago now, I was on a month-long trip to America, first of all for a conference with a few friends, then to stay in Portland, Oregon along with one of my best friends, and then to travel to Seattle and Vancouver for a few days. By my second or third day...

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6 Things That Surprised Me About My Wedding

I’ve been banging on about my wedding and moaning about having to plan it for a few months now. Well, on Saturday 4th April, the time came to finally shut up and actually get married! And it turns out that all that time I was preparing for the day, I had no idea what...

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23 Thoughts On The Morning Of My Wedding

I’ve been waking up between 5 and 5.30 every day for a week or so now, no matter how late I go to bed. So I brought my laptop to my Grandma’s with me, to get my thoughts out of my head before everyone else wakes up. It’s currently 6.36am on my wedding day, and these...

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On Getting Married

I didn’t used to understand why people got cold feet before they got married. Surely if you’ve decided to get married, you’re 100% sure it’s a good idea? But I’ve been engaged for about six months now, and I can tell you that your feelings about getting married go...

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The Theme Of My Life

A few years ago, I had a coaching session with Emilie from Puttylike. At the time, I was hoping she could help me come up with or choose a business idea. The main thing she picked up on during our session, though, was an overarching theme that seemed to run through...

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I Know What Confidence Feels Like!

Last night I had to pick up our new car. I’m not a great driver at the best of times. I’m particularly bad when I’m getting used to a different car. And apparently I’m exceptionally bad when I’ve been driving an automatic car for a year and I have to switch back to...

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On Being Career-less

I work part-time hours for several small online businesses, as a virtual assistant/content manager/community manager-type person. I really enjoy both the work itself and the lifestyle that comes with it, but every now and then I wonder what the heck I’m doing. See, I...

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Which Level Are You Going for?

Back in the summer, I was having a bit of a crisis about how I always seem to be busy doing lots of things but I never actually seem to make any forward progress. So my girlfriend and I settled in for an evening of life-sorting and goal-setting. Siobhán (my...

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Are You An Artist or An Entrepreneur?

Almost a year ago to the day, I read an article called 10 Paradoxical Traits of Creative People and recognised myself in most of the ten points. It suddenly dawned on me that I’m a creative. This realisation kind of blew my mind. I’d always known I was good at and...

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When Society Teaches You That You Should Be Someone Else

Disclaimer* At school, it’s drummed into us that it’s good to be ambitious and to work hard. As a society, we value the achievers – Olympians, billionaires, and entrepreneurs. We admire the people who become ‘the best'. I don’t know about you, but I’ve really soaked...

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Birthday Post 2014: Being 25 and Learning To Like Myself

In 2011, I was having a particularly bad year, so on my birthday, to cheer myself up, I decided to make a list of all the things I’d done that year. I was surprised by how much I’d done and I enjoyed looking back over an entire year, so I’ve done the same thing around...

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