Everyday Champion: The Happy Chappo

Hello, you! When I started blogging, I wanted to try to use my space to highlight the amazing, everyday people who are doing wonderful and positive things. This week, I want to introduce you to The Happy Chappo. The Happy Chappo is a small business that produces unique and funky art that encourages people to be themselves – Steven (The Original Chappo) is non-binary and their work shines with the message ‘it’s cool to be different’! Their instagram is a zesty place whilst also being filled with honest posts about difficulties with mental and physical health. Steven inspires me on a regular basis and deserves more recognition – I wanted to introduce you to them so they can shine some light onto your life too! Here’s what they had to say… ✦ Basic Chappo info:  Hello, my name is Steven! I’m a Non-Binary illustrator living in the countryside in West Yorkshire. I have 4 cats and one of them is named after my favourite biscuit (Figgs).   Origins of The Happy Chappo: My nanna used to buy me those big, colouring in cards where all the black was made of felt – you  couldn’t go outside the lines and you… View Post

Back and Blogging Again

Hello, you! It really has been a while – the laughable thing is, I think I actually started my last post in January 2019 saying that, so ‘while’ might be a bit of an understatement for my two year absence. Don’t put on a brave face, I know you’ve been lost without me… BUT I’M BACK AND BLOGGING AGAIN! It’s hard to know where to start and how to talk about everything that’s gone on, especially given the horrendous things we’ve all had to endure over the past year or so with COVID. No number of words I could write would do justice to everyone’s suffering and my heart truly goes out to everyone who has struggled with the global crisis. I’m not even going to try and address how tragic it’s been, I think we’ve all exhausted ourselves reading about it and I can’t even begin to fathom what some people have been through. I wanted to acknowledge this before I proceed to ramble on about myself and my life for the next few hundred words… But please know, my thoughts are with all of you, whether you’ve suffered massive losses or whether you’ve just missed your coffee trips… View Post

Chronic Body Confidence

Hello, you! I hope you’ve been doing well and being your sassy self! I’m finally back, after not posting for AGES. I’ve set myself the goal of blogging at least once a month but we’ll see how that goes!;) Today, I want to talk to you about CHRONIC BODY CONFIDENCE (my term for body confidence with a chronic illness – quippy, I know;)). I know for so many people, feeling body confident can be a struggle. I consider myself lucky because, until recently, I’ve always been a confident person (sometimes, maybe too confident). However, over the past year, my body confidence has absolutely PLUMMETED. I’ve put on a fair bit of weight as a result of having multiple surgeries in the past 18 months or so, and the pain means I haven’t been able to exercise much at all. Also, I don’t know about you but I’ve found I often can’t be bothered to eat healthily when I’m in pain and very much enter a ‘fuck it, have a burger’ mindset. Of course, nothing’s wrong with this when you’re treating yourself but I have been banqueting like Henry VIII a lot of the days. Something I really struggle with is… View Post

#MakeupAndASmile

Hello, you!   It’s been a while since my last blog post – my usual opening sentence – I’m not even going to beat around the bush with my usual ‘back again’ performance, I’m just going to dive straight into it. I haven’t been blogging because I’ve felt like utter shit since I got back from Thailand (posts coming soon about that crazy adventure though – I’m sure you’re tempted to return to my blog after that sparkling opening ;)). The truth is, I’ve been more depressed than ever before and I’ve not been in my usual mood for spreading joy – however, I had a eureka moment as I sat drying my hair this morning. It starts like this… I’m really tired of telling people I feel rubbish and hearing things like ‘oh but you don’t look ill’ or ‘but you look great!!!!’ in return  – thanks, I know, I’m a naturally gifted beauty, what can I say?;) I’m just kidding, but I am really tired of hearing these things – I’ve heard them for YEARS, be that with my chronic pain or my mental health. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people are truly well meaning and… View Post

Happy Notes

Hello, you!   Hope you’re well, please do excuse my month long absence – clearly my ‘twice weekly’ posting schedule is just not something I roll with, ALAS, here I am – surprise! Over the last month, I have developed the habit of writing happy notes and leaving them in places, like books, for people to find. If you don’t know what a happy note is, essentially all it is is a bit of paper/post-it note/you name it, with a positive message written on it. I left these notes around a couple of times when I was sixteen but then the misery of life got the better of me and there was no more joy to spread, STOP YOUR TEARS, I’M KIDDING – I don’t know why I stopped doing it, to be honest, so here I am, back at it again, aged 21.   You may have seen these on Instagram   I regularly get into the habit of collecting things for a ‘creative project’… Sometimes I won’t even have a project, I’ll just see something and think ‘this could be so cool for something one day’ – I blame my mum and her many creative ventures. Just over… View Post