Emily Coxhead & The Happy Newspaper

Hello, you! We need to talk about the wonderful lady and incredible designer/ funky artist that is EMILY COXHEAD! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I repost a lot of Emily’s work because it’s all so cheery – her slogan is ‘sprinkling a tiny bit of happiness all over the planet’ and she definitely does that.   This is Emily – I’ve noticed she is always dressed like a rainbow and I am CHEERING for it.   Emily is the creator of The Happy Newspaper, a newspaper dedicated to sharing loads of the sparkly, GOOD news we rarely hear about on TV – from every day heroes to Sri Lanka being declared Malaria free; just bloody wonderful stuff. The newspaper first started in December 2015 when she opened a Kickstarter campaign to helped fund it and reached her target within two days, thanks to the generosity of 73 lovely people. At the minute, Emily designs, edits and packages the WHOLE thing herself from her tiny office at home in North West England – what a task. Perhaps one of the most incredible things about The Happy Newspaper is that since it started, it has been read by over… View Post

The Chronic Canceller

Hello, you!   We need to talk about the beauty of people who are understanding when you cancel plans. Having gone through extensive periods of illness in my life, I’ve had to cancel A LOT of plans, sometimes at the last minute. Living with a chronic pain syndrome means there’s no way of knowing how much pain I’m going to be in from one day to the next and in bouts of depression and anxiety, sometimes, you just don’t feel up to attending things you arranged on a good day. There are people that I absolutely DREAD having to cancel plans with, knowing full well that their reaction isn’t going to be a great one. In the past, people have said to me ‘Okay, I’m so done with this now’, ‘Really? You’re ill again?’, and ‘Don’t make plans if you’re not going to keep them’. Every one of those comments has been an absolute slap in the face. I don’t dispute for one minute that having plans cancelled at short notice is incredibly annoying, but imagine how it is for the person who has to cancel AND has to suffer with what’s preventing them from attending. I’ve noticed that people… View Post

We need to talk about… Soul Pancake

Hello, you! We need to talk about Soul Pancake. Soul Pancake create the most life affirming and uplifting content that never fails to cheer me up. Having been a subscriber to their YouTube channel for a good few years now, their videos always bring a smile to my face – no matter how rubbish I might be feeling. Their video ‘Take a Seat, Make a Friend’ is quite possibly my favourite thing on the internet. They invite strangers into a ball-pit (because why should it only be children that get the fun?) and ask them to talk about particular topics. It’s no good me explaining it, watch the video for yourself… Just bloody lovely, heartwarming stuff, right? The most important thing for me about Soul Pancake is how they tackle big issues and don’t shy away from them. Right now, they’re doing a series of videos called ‘How You See Me’ where people describe their experience of having a disability, coming from an Asian background and being a member of the LGBTQ community, to name only a few! Then, there is the legend that is, Kid President. Honestly, this kid has sass levels that could rival Beyonce’s. In the video ‘A Pep… View Post