Early morning walk in Ireland

How to become a morning person

My plan to become a morning person was hatched over the Christmas holidays. As I always do when the new year is looming, I put pen to paper and was plotting my grand plans for 2022. The only problem was: where would I find the time? Over the festive break, I took a long, hard look at how I was spending my days and quickly realised my night owl habits were no longer serving me or my precious time. Getting up early, now that would change everything! Who knew?! The only problem was…I’m not, and never have been, a morning person. Morning monster maybe.

Since then, I’ve slowly, slowly, slowly become less of a gremlin in the AM. As I write this, I’ve been naturally waking up around 5.30am and – the biggest shocker of all – I love it. This eyes-open-at-the-crack-of-dawn phase has coincided with the brighter mornings and the dawn chorus, so we’ll see if I’m still up and at ‘em when the darker mornings of winter roll around. For now, I love my new routine and can’t believe I used to feel the rage when I had to wake up before 7. If you also want to get more out of your day, and/or be less of a grouch before you’ve had your coffee, here’s how I have become a morning person.

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6 things I learned during lockdown

Number one: fluent Russian. Just kidding! Don’t worry, this list of “lockdown lessons” won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Despite my occasional Oprah-inspired moments of insight, my lockdown achievements are less “valuable skills” and more the product of too much time in my own head. Nonetheless, I wanted to share what I got up to and things I realised during this time. Continue reading “6 things I learned during lockdown”

Living more sustainably in 5 small steps

True story: I joined Greenpeace when I was 8. I still have an envelope full of literature and stickers about the Ozone layer, Save the Whale and the dangers of pollution. Let’s just say I was a precocious, super sensitive little Sally Draper who was very obsessed with saving the planet. Plus, I’d read The Baby-sitters Club ‘Dawn Saves the Planet’ that summer and well, just about everything in my life can be traced back to The Baby-sitters Club books. Continue reading “Living more sustainably in 5 small steps”

How to deal with negative self-talk

This week I wanted to don my Oprah hat and write about something I think we all experience: negative thoughts and self-doubt. I’m told that self-doubt is as much a part of a writer’s DNA as coffee dependency, narcissism and nosiness. To be honest, that doesn’t really give me much comfort when I’m hunched over my laptop, paralysed with fear and self-loathing, as though the assignment I’m working on is the first thing I’ve ever written and wondering why the editor gave it to me of all people. So how do you stop that niggling negativity from completely taking over? Continue reading “How to deal with negative self-talk”

Money saving tips for vegetarians & vegans

One of the most common gripes I hear is that eating more healthily is expensive. If I received a bean for every time someone suggested to me that you need to be flush to go vegetarian or vegan, well, I’m sure I could make a very nice dip with it.

The truth is, convenience foods ARE cheaper than healthier items, but there’s plenty of ways you can adopt a plant-based diet without needing to take out a bank loan. Being smarter about key ingredients, prepping your meals in advance, and getting creative in the kitchen are just a few ways you can eat healthily on a budget. Continue reading “Money saving tips for vegetarians & vegans”