2016 in Review

2016 has not been my worst year. 2014 was the year that truly taught me how to deal with feeling small. Finals, heartbreak, losing family, losing myself. As I look back on these trying times, I share what I’ve learned about practising gratitude and keeping hope alive.

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Why I Am Proud to Be a Hufflepuff

As a self-identifying Ravenclaw, when my colleagues first drew attention to my Hufflepuffly qualities, I was a little – well, deflated. Then I took the Pottermore test (which everyone knows is LAW), and by Merlin’s Beard, it came up with the same results. Hufflepuff. The blooming badger, for crying out loud.

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Long Time, No Oversharing

As anyone with chronic pain will tell you, sometimes the huge effort it takes to do little things, like make a cup of tea or shower, really grinds you down. So when something big comes up, it can really knock you for six. Like, for example, having to make the significant decision to quit your Master’s degree because you’re not well enough to finish it.

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Ain’t Nothing But a Membrane…

WARNING. DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH ABOUT FEMALE BODIES AND/OR DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MINE AND/OR ARE MY DAD.

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They Weren’t Kidding When They Called Me Uptight

In my first meeting with the Women’s Health Physiotherapist, there was a lot of talk about bowel movements, and then she proceeded to give me an internal examination. In the second meeting, she forgot my name. This wouldn’t have been so bad if it hadn’t been such an intimate introduction. No, she couldn’t remember my name, but she’d had her fingers inside my vaginal tract. Usually, name-knowing is a bit of a deal-breaker when it comes to access to that particular area.

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Warning: May Cause…

It’s like the worst Blind Date episode ever. I don’t want any one of the three mystery bachelor drugs, you can all get in the sea.

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Someone Understands!

Finding solace in Paula Kamen’s ‘All In My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache: A Memoir’

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REVIEW – Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf

Simply put, this is a stonking addition to modern feminist literature. Wolf provides a sweeping biography of female sexuality and how it has been perceived, feared, subjugated, and embraced, throughout the centuries of civilisation. In this age of Pornography as Teacher, we have never needed Wolf’s perspective more.

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If Only the Doctor Would See Me Now

Do you ever wish you could just be admitted to hospital? Not for anything urgent or life-threatening… But wouldn’t it be great if you were able to say, ‘Credit to myself, I have kept going for longer than I thought I could, but I cannot live like this for one. more. day,‘ and you up and admit yourself to your local Fix Factory?

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