Author name: Karen

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Books I read in 2020

Here are (almost) all the books I read in 2020! I had a lot of fun taking this photo and seeing the books all stacked up. I didn’t realise how many I’d read until I saw them piled up like this! I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’m reading, you can connect with me over

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New Year, New Me?

It’s 11pm on New Year’s Eve and I wanted to take a few minutes to write about the year that was 2020. It was a year full of challenges, but I don’t hold any ill will towards it. I know how fortunate I am to have escaped the worst of those challenges and I’m grateful

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Shouldn’t you be better by now?

‘Shouldn’t you be better by now?’ On World Mental Health Day I want to address the idea of ‘overcoming’ a mental health issue. Some may be aware that I’ve experienced depression, anxiety and stress in the past. Yep, all three. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes a combination of two at once. At times my

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It’s April 2020. There’s a pandemic happening. Many people are working from home. Others have lost their jobs. Others still have to go out into the world to earn a living or serve their purpose, a strange new world different to any they’ve known. Most of us are staying in except when we have to


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It’s a Tuesday. I work from home, and reconcile credit card receipts from a colleague’s trip interstate. It’s bizarre. It’s from another time. A time where people could freely travel. Where they could eat out in restaurants and cafes, and wander through galleries. It seems surreal. It seems so long ago, but it was only


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Tough times

☆ T O U G H   T I M E S ☆⁣⁣I’ve really struggled over the past week. The passing of Kobe Bryant, along with bushfires, Brexit, and bastards in the world has hit me hard. And with the perpetrator of the crime against me being sentenced on Friday, I think this week will be

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It’s a Sunday night. It’s late. I can’t sleep. I’m physically tired from a pretty busy day, but my brain is wired. I lie in bed watching repeats of Buffy, and as the Mayor of Sunnydale ascends I struggle to keep my eyes open, but sleep still eludes me.☆At first I couldn’t work out why.

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2019 Recap

It feels like I’ve been away from social media and my blog for such a long time. I had a busy end to 2019 and I’m only just finding time to sit down and comprehend everything that’s happened. It was a pretty big year for me as a whole. Here are the three big things

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You are the master of your fate

Ahh, social media. I see things that frustrate me and make me sad and I often want to say something, but I mostly just scroll on by.⏩So here’s a post for me to get something off my chest.👀I see people who post about how much they hate their job, their financial situation, or some other

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