I don’t think this is a book I ever would have chosen for myself - it was in a goody bag I got from a Ted Talk. Whilst Pankhurst has always had my respect that respect was built on passive knowledge from tweets, movies and my Year 9 History class. I’ve never been drawn to reading about the Suffragette movement.
February - the shortest month of the year. Here’s how it went down.
In celebration of International Women’s Day I wanted to share a list of Female Creators, Entrepreneurs and Owned Brands and general Fierce Females doing special things who I think deserve a follow.
Ilé La Wà is Yoruba for We Are Home and perfectly describes the homely, welcoming vibe of this East London pop-up shop. Run by the a talented duo - Dorcas Magbadelo of Dorcas Creates and Chanelle Joseph of Studio Nelle - this shop was set up to celebrate, promote and sell the work of Black British creators.
We are not spa people. I didn’t grow up having lunch dates with mum, or getting our nails done at the salon. You’d sooner find us in the kitchen with a cup of tea; waxing lyrical, singing lyrics to our favorite tunes and retuning the chords of our lives with realism and wisdom.
Line & Honey is the artist who draws these elegant yet simple illustrations depicting black women inall their curvy and curly glory. As well as art prints, you can get the drawings on tote bags make-up pouches and purses.
I’m not sure what made me pick up this book. The name Audre Lorde was familiar to me, yet her work was not, but when I saw this book and it’s intriguing cover I picked it up immediately. It was the last one. That was a sign. I held it close and sprinted to the checkout in a race against my conscious as I wasn’t supposed to be buying anything that day and had only just started reading another book. Here’s what I thought
This has got to have been my best January ever. I stayed in for New Years eve, so started the year neither drunk nor broke. I spent New Years Day doing a bit of shopping, finishing off my Year Compass planner, and meeting friends for a New Years cheers. This combined with having my 2019 goals all planned out meant the month went pretty smoothly and didn’t feel too long. Here’s how I got on.
Me and the Nike Training Club first got acquainted in January 2018. I’ve clearly got form for the whole ‘new year, new you’ thang. It was recommended to me by a colleague who was a total gym bunny so I downloaded it and got stuck in. Here’s what I think of the app.
The Multi-Hypen Method by Emma Gannon aims to demistify and celebrate the current trend for people of all ages to be and do more than one thing. The strap line tells us to ‘work less, create more, and design a career that works for you.’ Here’s what I thought:
I basically came up with this recipe because I found a cute jar for £2 in Asda and wanted to buy it. Yep, I’m that ridiculous, I bought the jar first, then forced myself to think of something useful to fill it with in order to justify the purchase.
Black is The New Black. I was sold on the title of this exhibition alone. The popular influence of black culture on mainstream entertainment and consumables - whether it be music, fashion, beauty or food - is on the rise and it ain’t stopping,
I wasn’t playing! Nourish bowls really will be my meal M.O for the month of January, maybe beyond if I can keep it up. I cooked, packed and carried this into work on Monday and was good to go for 3 days.
What’s the first thing you usually do when you pay off a debt? For me, I usually celebrate/pat myself on the back, which is GREAT. Then I start calculating what I’m gonna do with the ‘spare cash’, which is BAD. In months one and two I tend to use that cash to treat myself to something that I don’t really need.
Other than being a social media fad, Nourish Bowls are actually pretty damn useful when you’re trying to eat a balanced diet. When made correctly, they tick all the food group boxes whilst giving you an Instagram worthy rainbow bowl of food to be proud of.
Last week I visited New Beacon Books for the first time and I am ashamed of myself. This is shameful. It’s shameful because I have walked up and down Stroud Green road 1000 times.
For me Christmas is all about family, friends and food. I don’t do gifts. But I will feed you and be fed. I will nourish my soul in the presence of people I love and hope that I give them some spiritual sustenance to help end their year on a high.
I won’t start this post with a drawn out explanation about the importance of goal setting. They fact that you’ve made it to this page means that you probably already know how valuable it is to set goals, make them actionable and track your progress