What Injury Has Taught Me

My injury story:
Last year I began practicing yoga. I have always been intrigued by yoga and I finally just said “what the hell”, signed up for a beginners course and fell totally in love with it!  The trouble is I didn’t understand what yoga could do to my body. Sure, it made me stronger, leaner, helped my back pain and headaches, centred and grounded me, but it also caused me great agony. I am hyper-mobile, which basically means my joints are very fluid and can often move further than my muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making me prone to injury and pain. However, it can also make me look super capable and flexible on the mat – I could seemingly go further and deeper into postures that only way more experienced yogis could. It also fills me with a false sense of capability and even superiority – “look how far...
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What’s In My Carry-On

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my 13 Air Travel Rules. Since I am gearing up to board my flight to Greece tonight (tonight?! WOOP!), I thought I would share what I take on the plane with me to get me through the 24 hours of pressurised atmosphere, recycled air, dodgy food, cramp-inducing economy seats, and the generally crap environment that is a plane. Plane travel can be uncomfortable at the best of times, but for someone with chronic pain it can quickly turn into a torturous nightmare of not only being trapped inside your body but trapped in a tiny seat in a metal tube in the sky. It is therefore best to be prepared and, in fact, all my "essentials" are useful for everyone, not just those with chronic pain. The idea...
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My 13 Air Travel Rules

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The countdown is officially on!! In less than three weeks I will be a few kilometres up in the air on my way to the sun, sea and sand of Mykonos! As always, when I get close to flying, I get jittery with excitement. Travel is by far my favourite thing to do in the entire world. In fact, it is one of the only things that encompasses all three tenets of this blog: eat, seek, AND play! I will write more about travel, Greece, and what to take on a plane later, but for now, I thought I would share my rules for plane travel. I have been travelling all my life - I was only a few weeks old when I went on my first plane and have been lucky enough to travel widely ever since. As...
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Operation: Heal My Body

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If you have been reading my blog in the past couple of months, you will know that my body and I haven't been seeing eye-to-eye lately. In fact, we have been stuck in a bit of a cold war; "stuck" being the operative word. On 28th April, I woke up feeling not-quite-right. I had a raging headache for the previous three or so weeks, and that morning it was particularly bad. My neck seized up, I couldn't focus my eyes properly, and the pain continued and developed across my whole back and then into my limbs. I was in a full blown "flare up". I called in sick to work and set about my regular routine of trying to alleviate the pain so that it would hopefully get better within a...
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Why Fantasy Isn’t Just For Nerds

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All my life I have been a massive fantasy fan. When I was five-years-old I taught myself to read by labouring over a Fisher-Price version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The first full novel I ever read was Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree at age six. As a kid, I was a voracious reader and obsessed with anything to do with fairies or mystical lands beyond the mirror/wardrobe/chocolate factory. As I grew older I got into "teen fantasy" books by the likes of Tamora Pierce, J.K. Rowling and, yes, even Stephenie Meyer (Twilight was a guilty "trash" pleasure of mine for a few months around my 21st birthday...I put it down to my panic at turning into a real "adult"!). The_Magic_Faraway_Tree_1st_edition After a decade long obsession with historical fiction, in the last...
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