Jon Greenaway: TheLitCritGuy

Strangely the first time I met Jon must have been through Bear, although I knew of him through friends, friends of friends, and church. Stranger still was despite sharing these circles at least in part for at least a few years, it was only really when I was moving hundreds of miles away, and most contact…

Happy 2015!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR! I haven’t written a post in a really long time, but it’s a new year and so I thought I’d start off with a look at the last year, what I managed, and what I didn’t, and what my plans are this year. My child is asleep next to me and so…

News: Again To The Books!

I have news! I think it’s exciting, good news, however, it does come with the disclaimer of: “Well, of course I’m crazy. But life’s more interesting that way!” Today plenty of students across the UK are excitedly finding their results, and then with whatever they find, hoping or searching for a place in their chosen…

New Year & Resolutions For 2014

This is the time of year that the internet fills with resolutions, challenges, advice, and leftovers from the feasts enjoyed previously. Although I don’t want to bore you all silly I thought I would think over, and write about, the lessons from 2013 and my hopes for 2014.

Splitting My Thesis: Overwhelming Subjects Need Breaking Down

Over the last few months, as well as reasons like packing and moving, being pregnant, and the ridiculousness that is life, I have found it very difficult to contemplate the breadth of the concept I was hoping to work on. Some of my many questions/queries/issues included: Do “flaws” get airbrushed out in images of women…

Five Year Plan & Beyond

I have always been a planner; even if things don’t work out exactly as hoped I tend to have done hours of research on whatever the subject might be and thought out as many options as possible as well as costs, savings, etc. Even as a teenager working up to my GCSEs, I was already…

Life Goals; A Revelation

I have thought a lot recently about what is important to me and attempted to figure out what I really want to achieve in my life. I have hopefully taken a small step towards one by jumping into Ceilidh & Cwtch – my attempt at making my art a source of income. This is scary…

Teaching: Things I've Learnt So Far

My mother-in-law told me before I started teaching that firstly I would love it, but secondly I could blag it and do it easily. I’m not sure she was completely right. I have enjoyed it in some ways, and been overwhelmed by stress in other ways. I also did not in anyway blag it –…

Working Through Levels of Fear

On Monday I started my new job and I started to plan out the two classes that I’ve been asked to teach come September. Both of these are/were a little bit… quite a lot terrifying. Although I know the people will be lovely, and I have been asked to do these things because at least…

Moving To A New Home

On Tuesday, 2nd July, I arrived a day later than my husband to my new home. After moving a stupid amount of boxes I found myself in a quaint but rather large loft conversion with views stretching over the rest of Birmingham to the north. That view is spectacular and I have hugely enjoyed waking…