Side By Side Refugees: Christmas Came Early

I have been meaning to write something for a really long time, or maybe it just feels like a really long time… I don’t know. What I do know is that I am physically and mentally exhausted whilst being simultaneously elated to the point of bouncing! One of my new roles has been Project Manager…

2013: A Year to Continue Good Habits

When thinking about what I might like to take up as a new years resolution I found myself struggling. I am still eating much healthier than I ever did before, and have lost a large amount of weight since the summer. This can only really continue on track and there’s no point putting more pressure…

8 Months Along

I thought I’d be as big as a house right now. I’d be finding it hard to get up and down our twisted steep steps. I would be making excuses at work about why I was wearing tracksuit trousers and stretchy tops instead of smart jeans and a shirt.. not that I’d need excuses.

Conversing With The Saints

So recently my work has been mostly about Saints. I have been researching St Chad of Mercia for a mural and icon, and I have decided to do a Christmas card design including a traditional representation of St Nicholas (otherwise known as Santa). Both have been interesting topics so far, and the style is definitely…

My Dark Days: Before

A really exciting opportunity has arisen in the form of an art exhibition called Piece of Mind. It is being set up by a group in St Andrews trying to raise awareness about mental wellbeing and health. It is to encourage self-expression and I felt that the piece I wanted to submit, might also raise…

An Idea of Home

There has been something I have been longing for. It had been there since the age of about 15 years and it’s building my own house one day. This dream has varied a little with each passing year and new idea but it has stayed strong.

Book Club: Damned

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison. I’m just now arrived here, in Hell, but it’s not my fault except maybe dying from an overdose of marijuana. Maybe I’m in Hell because I’m fat – a Real Porker. If you can go to Hell for having low self-esteem, that’s why I’m here. I wish I…