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The following post, I am delighted to say, has been written by the exceptionally talented Sarah Garner. One of the best people I’ve met during my time at Durham University!! Like myself Sarah is currently a final year student at Durham University studying for a degree in English Literature and Education Studies. After reading this… Continue reading Are we actually losing our ‘best years? by Sarah Garner
If you’ve come here expecting to see a set of before/after pictures and lots of talk about my past/current body- you’ll not find it. Since 2018 when I left behind amateur dramatics and being a drama TA on weekends to do a degree…I just gave up on moving. I’m not exaggerating. I used to have… Continue reading I Did The Chloe Ting 2 Week Shred…
This article has been written by Charlotte Dawson. To read more from Charlotte, view her blog at http://www.writtenbycharlotte.com or contact her via Instagrams @writtenbycharlotte @copybycharlotte !! Have you found yourself working from home for what feels like forever? The novelty of making a coffee every morning and watching the sunrise has probably worn off and… Continue reading Working From Home- How To Quickly Boost Productivity by Charlotte Dawson.
My mind wanders frequently. My brain seems to be simultaneously reflecting on the past, stressing about the present and worrying about the future. I never seem to be able to ground myself within a moment, a habit I am trying my hardest to kill. In this post you can read about what I mean about… Continue reading Grounding My Mind
I will write again. My new mantra. After what’s been a good few months off, I’m back. Back to writing on my little baby, Navigating Twenties. In this post I give you a quick catch up on where i’ve been these past weeks and, set forth my plans going forward. I hope you have a… Continue reading we begin again…
Hello lovelies, wow it’s been a while. My life currently isn’t allowing for much spare time to sit down with a coffee and write to you all. I feel I’m surprisingly calm at the moment for someone who has a pretty lengthy list of final year deadlines fast approaching. Maybe that’s a side effect of… Continue reading a new year.
As I sat beside James last night, a glass of red in my hand, to watch Boris relay the news we all knew was coming I expected to be frustrated, angry, upset, worried, anxious. Yet, as I heard him say the words ‘Stay At Home’ honestly…I just felt a bit emotionless. There’s just an overwhelming… Continue reading lockdown 2.0, things you need to hear.
Hello, hello it’s been a GOOD while since i’ve sat down all cosy with my laptop and let myself write down all my thoughts for you all. Life is busy, life is weird. I thought I would sit down this gloomy halloween and update you all on the ins and outs as well as catching… Continue reading life update, october 2020
Hi you lovely lot, I hope you’re keeping well. This weeks chat is all about red flags in a friendship. It was a topic requested via my instagram and I’ve found it such an interesting one to write. One factor I hate about getting older is change. It’s inevitable, i’m well aware of that, but… Continue reading Red Flags In A Friendship
Before we dive in, let me introduce myself- I’m Ashlyn (@ashlynbaker.yt) from Liverpool, UK. I neverusally have to tell people I’m from Liverpool because they can guess from my accent. I don’t have an official title like ‘influencer’ that I align with so Content Creator will have to do for now. I create content for… Continue reading Reclaiming Your Identity After University by Ashlyn Baker
Every summer my ultimate goal is to read for pleasure. Doing an English Literature degree I can get swamped down by reading the classics so, love to take the time in summer to read anything I want. This summer, sadly, I swapped reading by a pool to reading before/after shifts at work. I didn’t get… Continue reading August Readings
Hey lovelies and welcome back to the Navigating Twenties Club. The prospect of entering into my final year at university brings on the sweats for me currently. My mind is constantly imagining so many nightmare scenarios that involve the last three years of my life being a huge waste. Graduating and entering into the ‘adult… Continue reading The Reality Of Being A Graduate by Steph Allman
Not to spoil the illusion but at the time this is being published to the world, I will not be sat with a coffee but rather with a pint of diet coke and a pizza with two of my best girlies in Sheffield City Centre. The last couple of weeks have been a little bit… Continue reading Coffee Chats | The Importance Of Saying NO
After a short break the Navigating Twenties Club is back and, it’s back with a bang. Amelia reached out to me asking to write a post for the blog and as an English Literature nerd myself I was delighted when I saw the five books Amelia has listed below. Amelia summarises each book with an… Continue reading ‘The Top Five Books Every Girl In Her Twenties Should Read’ by Amelia Haycock
Ah, hello loves- welcome to my new little series. ‘Coffee Chats’ is exactly what it sounds like, except i’m not forcing you to drink coffee. Tea, Hot Chocolate, Water, Wine- whatever tickles your fancy. Grab your beverage of choice and settle into a comfy spot. Picture in your head, we’re out in a cosy little… Continue reading Coffee Chats | Contraception
For those of you who may not know, I’m currently studying for a degree in English Literature and Education Studies at Durham University. I’ll be entering into my final year in October (hopefully physically not virtually) so, thought I would see if any of you have any questions! I chose to focus this Q and… Continue reading English Literature Q and A
Just like that we have our FIFTH member of the Navigating Twenties Club (guest-writers). I’m genuinely chuffed to bits over the response from readers of the blog or followers of my instagram. I am so happy you all want to help create this little blog of mine into a more collaborative space. Today’s writer is… Continue reading Finding My Place In The World by Indi Twigg.
As is custom for the guest edits here on Navigating Twenties, it’s Alice here to introduce our fourth member of the Navigating Twenties Club. I’m really excited about this one because I know Little Miss Yorkshire, aka Molly Winton, personally! Molly launched her blog only last month and, it’s incredible. I’ve loved reading her posts… Continue reading Little Miss Yorkshire’s Advice For Your Twenties
When I envisioned 2020…let’s just say it looked the complete opposite of what it’s turned out to be, as I’m sure is the case for every single one of you reading this. I welcomed in 2020 from the comfort of my own home with a tummy full of buffet food and, prosecco. I daydreamed of… Continue reading Six Months In
Guest Edit | Three. Hi lovelies, Alice here to introduce this post !! I was beyond excited when Irene contacted me a few weeks ago to ask whether she could share her writing on this platform. I was touched that such a talented writer wanted to feature on Navigating Twenties. When Irene sent me this… Continue reading Navigating Mental Health in my Twenties by Irene Stoppoloni.
After my last post you may have been worried I was edging close to a minor mental breakdown- I definitely thought I was close. To recap you- over the last few weeks I became completely crippled by this overwhelming feeling of being lost. I didn’t feel confident in myself or my future and felt at… Continue reading How I’m Figuring Out A Career Path.
Often, I feel like i’m just falling through my life. An apt imagery would be likening myself to Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice’. I try to reach out to grasp hold of things to stable me or break my fall but they only offer momentary relief. At the moment lots of things don’t seem certain. I’m coming… Continue reading Feeling Lost
Guest Edit | 2 Hi lovelies, I hope this blog post finds you all well and tanned after days of glorious sunshine !! Today’s post is the second guest edit on Navigating Twenties and it’s been put together by the beautiful Maddie who runs the blog and instagram ‘Mind The Gap Graduates’. Entering into my… Continue reading The Importance of Loving Yourself by Maddie Astle
(this is your warning that there are some spoilers contained within, best to read after you’ve read or watched !!) I believe in soul mates. I don’t think soul mates necessarily have to be romantic and I don’t necessarily believe they have to be the people you spend all of your days with. I think… Continue reading Comments on Sally Rooney’s Normal People
This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness’ week within the UK. This years overarching theme is kindness and, over on my instagram i’m sharing a little act of kindness i’ve done each day– i challenge you to do something kind for yourself or someone else today and for the rest of the week. Alongside this I… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. Day 2 | Grief.
(Alice here) I just wanted to quickly introduce the piece you’re about to read. Since I started ‘Navigating Twenties’ I wanted to aim to make it a collaborative space where I could build up a little community. I reached out to a few people back in December when I first began this venture and, only… Continue reading ‘Travel In Your Twenties’ by Phoebe Shepherd.
One thing i’ve really loved doing over the past month is taking part in the ‘thirty songs’ challenge on my instagram stories. I’ve genuinely started each day looking forward to going through my phone to find the perfect fit for the day and, i’ve loved getting an insight into everyone else’s music taste. It’s been… Continue reading my thirty songs
April 26th 2020, 5 weeks into lockdown. How are we all doing? I imagine that, like me, you’re just a little bit fed up now and wishing that we’re over the worst of it. I’m quite happy with putting off eating out or dancing in a bar for a bit longer but, I just need… Continue reading let’s have a catch up
My love for skin-care came long before my love for makeup. I’ve always wanted to just have clear skin. Luckily, so far in my life, i’ve been blessed with pretty good skin. I only ever tend to have spots when I’m due on and, the only real issue I ever face is my skin getting… Continue reading My ‘Goodnight’ Skin Care Favourites
2015 onwards I began to find myself becoming increasingly anxious, specifically in social situations. It’s still something I grapple with. Despite an outing being with some of my bestest friends, I still sometimes find myself sobbing at the door struggling to get out. Our current global situation can be a little tricky to comprehend, especially… Continue reading Coping Strategies For Anxious Moments
When I reached out to ask what sort of content you guys wanted it was of no surprise, given current circumstances, that lot’s of you wanted my ultimate guide of things to watch during the time all of us are being forced to stay in. I’ve tried to cover all the bases so that you’re… Continue reading We’re NOT going out: a guide on what to watch and listen to right now
Didn’t expect to be writing a sum-up of my second year at Durham in APRIL but, here we are. I’m gutted I won’t be back up for third term, I adored third term last year. Revising by the river in the sun, all the celebrations, rowing up and down the river with James, cocktails at… Continue reading Second Year In Photos
We’ve all currently stepped into the script of a twisted, dark, sci-fi movie that is affecting all of us in ways we never thought would ever have even been possible. Our world, in terms of how we know it and how we live on a day to day basis, (for now) has come to a… Continue reading The Importance of Not Being A (enter explicit of choice) to Yourself or Others
Over the past couple of weeks, every Tuesday i’ve been so excited to settle down with a cup of tea and pop SU2C Bake Off on the telly. I bloody love bake off and every time it’s on I fancy myself a star baker. The other day (cannot remember what day, life is currently just… Continue reading Chocolate Orange Cookies
My boyfriend and I are currently attempting to submit all our final deadlines and sit our second/third year exams within the comfort of my family home. We’re STRESSED and there’s limited wine and NO McDonalds to get us through. It’s very likely, with our current lockdown, that you’re finding yourself in a very similar situation.… Continue reading Working From Home
For James’ 21st birthday I booked for us to spend a weekend listening to Irish music and drinking pints of guinness in Dublin. We both adored Dublin and can’t wait to go back- although, I’m hoping our next visit will be in a slightly warmer month!! I’ve put together our itinerary of the weekend chucking… Continue reading Dublin, January 2020
Hey, it’s been a little while. I’ve finally found a moment to sit at my desk with a coffee and write a blog post so, thought i’d use this one to update you on the last month. February managed to feel like it was a year packed into 29 days whilst also feeling like my… Continue reading Burnout
I don’t care what anyone says, i’m a big fan of valentines day. Yeah yeah you should show the ones you love that you love them every day but who doesn’t want a day where even more effort than usual is made. Everybody loves being spoilt, even just a little tiny bit. I’ve tried to… Continue reading the ultimate guide to your valentines day 2020
We’ve made it guys. Jesus, Lord WEPT has it been 5 years or 31 days? I genuinely cannot cope with how long this month has dragged on for, worst month of the year I’m certain. Happy to have gotten through it but wanted to have a quick look back on my favourite moments, listens, reads… Continue reading January 20′ Round Up
‘Fuck Off Hitler’ Ten minutes in, I knew this film had worked its way into being one of my favourite films of all time. From the trailer I thought I’d pretty much worked out the entirety of the plot and that I wouldn’t be that surprised. My GOD, how wrong I was. The film just… Continue reading ‘JOJO RABBIT, An Anti-Hate Satire’ Review
4th of January 2020, Evening Showing. Oh my. What a SHOW. I think, like most, I was first introduced to Dear Evan Hansen via the Broadway soundtrack that was released in 2017. When listening to a musical soundtrack, i have a rule. If I fall in love with the songs and the storyline that I… Continue reading Dear Evan Hansen
First adventure of the year | 4th of January – 5th of January 2020 GETTING THERE EEEEK I just adore London, the buzz of the city and the amount of history surrounding you just makes me so giddy. Unfortunately travelling from Sheffield to the Capital is never going to be cheap so, if we do… Continue reading 12 HOURS IN COVENT GARDENS
Hey 2020, it’s nice to finally meet you. I have a little flurry of butterflies in my belly thinking about you and the decade ahead. There’s something so beautifully refreshing about it being a start to a new decade. A new decade and the biggest decade, in my eyes. I’ve reached the age when I… Continue reading I Got Twenty Twenty Vision
CHRISTMAS 2019 For the last few years my mum has bought me the No 7 beauty advent calendar as an early birthday treat. This year, she treated me to a brand new advent calendar which I believe is in it’s first ever year of production: the Macmillan Cancer Beauty Advent Calendar. It retails at £40… Continue reading the best advent calendar
We’ve officially entered into the red zone- those last few panic stricken days before Christmas. Whether you’ve been so swamped with deadlines you’ve not been able to give a thought to the festive season yet or, you’ve been actively putting off hitting the shops- here’s a few top last minute gift ideas that you could… Continue reading LAST MINUTE D.I.Y CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
Klaus | ‘all I know is that once a year, I get to see my friend’ Our first family christmas watch of 2019!! We always like to try new christmas films and see if any of them can sneak onto our favourites list. This one has most definitely worked its way up there. It’s an… Continue reading NETFLIX TOP PICKS | DECEMBER 2019
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My top nine christmas films to see you through until December 25th!! film | favourite scene POLAR EXPRESS | When Christmas Comes To Town, makes me cry every time man. The first film I ever saw in the cinema, every time I hear that opening music I get butterflies in my stomach. The animation borderlines… Continue reading MY CHRISTMAS FILM CLASSICS