The importance of a relationship in the good life…
…depends on how healthy the relationship is – so many relationships can be toxic and can make your life a lot harder. So that is the first thing; your relationship with yourself in terms of a wholeness in that sense. Then you tend to have better relationships in general and are better at setting boundaries or realising when people are taking too much from you. It all emanates from the relationship with you.
Ingredients for a good life
There are tiny things you need to allow yourself – any kind of luxury. I got into marmalade recently – there is something about it that is so decadent, and it is just really orange jam. But there is something about those tiny pleasures of taking 5 minutes for oneself.
The world’s obsession of the Scandi mind-set
If I were to say one word it would be “Simplicity”. Scandinavians like things to be simple and straight-forward. In these busy times, I think we all long for a bit of simplicity in our lives and a few rules maybe as well.
The definition of a good life
There are so many things that make up a good life…. time to be, time to reflect and time to be with your family and those you love has to be number one. You also need time to reflect, to be yourself and Hygge, the feeling you have when you appreciate the moment when you are in it.
For more on our Hygge and our MV interview with Bronte read here.
Journalist and Author
On pitching her first column at the age of 12
As a child, I had more confidence in myself, as I had been less knocked about by life. I grew up knowing I wanted to write. I met a real life journalist and she advised me that the best thing I could do is get experience. I took this very literally and wrote to editors at the local papers saying “what you really need is a children’s columnist”, and an editor actually wrote to me saying “that is a very interesting idea, why don’t you come and meet me?”
My mother had to drive me and take me to this man’s house. He was lovely and gave me a chance, and from the age of 12, I had a fortnightly column for about a year.
Sense of Achievement
My sense of achievement comes from the fact that I rent my own one-bedroom apartment and I have done that through my own work and words I write. It is a culmination of two things, being a professional writer and also to have a place I can feel safe and call my own.
On her recent discovery
I have this pink satin bomber jacket with text reading “I don’t care”. I bought this because I recently discovered the power of saying no and setting boundaries. I hope I am a very empathetic and compassionate person, but lately, I have learnt that sometimes you need to put your foot down.
Choosing what to wear
Whenever I am choosing things to wear I look for something that has a visual sense of humour or something innovative about it, in terms of the fabric and technology used to manufacture it, if it makes an ethical or political statement. I think clothes can really speak volumes very instantly. I genuinely dress in the way I feel comfortable and reflects my personality.
The elements in life for it to feel good
Friendship – material things be damned! It’s the people you need most. And also as I am Northern it would be the simplest joy in a cup of tea. The smell of the tea is so comforting to me!
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