My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, I thought I'd share the 10 most popular blog posts from this year, in case you missed them. It's been a strange old year but one positive to come out of 2020, is that I have had more time than ever to spend writing blog content. These are the top 10 posts I've written this year that have been read the most, in reverse order. Enjoy! 10. 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with...Read More
Merry Covid Christmas

Merry Covid Christmas

It's that time again... it's almost Christmas! As it's December, it's also time for me to take part in the monthly blogging link up with A Chronic Voice. The linkups are a monthly get together for anyone with a chronic illness or condition. This month, the prompts to write about are: Exhausting, Exciting, Socialising, Indulging and Cutting. I thought I'd use the prompts as an excuse to write about Christmas in light of the pandemic. It's going to be different,...Read More
2020: Things didn’t quite go to plan!

2020: Things didn’t quite go to plan!

So... 2020 was an "interesting" year to say the least wasn't it? When I wrote my goals for 2020 back in January, I definitely couldn't have predicted how this year would turn out. Reading them back now, it feels like a different life. I have always been very determined and in 2019, I crammed my year full of running, challenges and travel. To be honest, I had high hopes for 2020. As it marked 10 years since my scoliosis surgery,...Read More
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with scoliosis

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with scoliosis

As the festive season is upon us and it's nearly Christmas again (not sure where this year is going!), I thought I would share some of my favourite gift ideas for those with scoliosis. These are things that either I find helpful (to manage pain or feel more comfortable) or that I've seen and found inspiring. Please feel free to add your own ideas into the comments below. :) This post contains affiliate links. 10 Christmas gift ideas for those with...Read More
Blog Content Survey

Blog Content Survey

Hi everyone, Hope you are doing ok and staying safe. :) I've been using some of my extra time in lockdown to think about the direction of my blog and what's next. I'd really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete a quick survey, to help me improve my content and blog going forwards. I really want my content to be helpful and interesting to others and for my blog to be the best it can...Read More
Hello November – Link up with A Chronic Voice

Hello November – Link up with A Chronic Voice

Every month, I try to take part in the link up party with A Chronic Voice, where we get given writing prompts for a blog post. This months' prompts are: Incorporating, Experimenting, Sanitising, Launching and Writing. I like to take part, as it's a chance to reflect on my life, which I find therapeutic, whilst linking up with others' with chronic illnesses and discovering new blogs in the process. Incorporating It's been a strange year for us all, and I...Read More
Stress Awareness Week: The Effects of Covid-19

Stress Awareness Week: The Effects of Covid-19

It's Stress Awareness Week, which got me thinking about stress and how the current pandemic is affecting myself and others at the moment. I've always been a "stressy" person. I pretty much worry about everything, even things that others may class as trivial. I know worrying doesn't get me anywhere half the time but it's part of who I am. I have always been a worrier, even as a child. For people like myself, who worry about trivial things, when...Read More
Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

Did you know, that the 18th - 24th October is Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week? I wasn't aware of this until recently, but it really resonated with me, so I wanted to write a bit about my own experiences around this topic. What is an invisible disability? According to Scope, there are over 14 million disabled people in the UK. The majority of these are not "visible" to other people. Invisible disabilities may include conditions such as mental health conditions, hearing/vision...Read More
Be Kind To Yourself: 20 Positive Scoliosis Quotes

Be Kind To Yourself: 20 Positive Scoliosis Quotes

I personally love a good uplifting quote or affirmation. For this post, I have listed my favourite positive scoliosis quotes that I can apply to my own experiences with scoliosis. If I've learnt anything over the years when dealing with my scoliosis, it's this. Be Kind to Yourself. Scoliosis can be difficult to live with at times. It can be painful, uncomfortable and isolating. However, it's all about mindset. A positive mindset can do wonders for your self-esteem and self...Read More
Scoliosis and Mental Health: My Story

Scoliosis and Mental Health: My Story

It's World Mental Health Day on 10th October, which got me thinking about how scoliosis has impacted my own mental health. What many people don't realise, is that scoliosis is more than a back condition. Depending on severity and location of curve(s), scoliosis can cause physical deformity, pain, neurological issues, breathing, digestive problems, and more. It is also a chronic condition, meaning it cannot be cured and it can also be progressive in severe cases. All this is not to...Read More
Hello October – Linkup with A Chronic Voice

Hello October – Linkup with A Chronic Voice

Hello, lovely readers! I realise that I have neglected my blog a bit recently. Ever since the initial lockdown rules were relaxed the "new normal" (hate that phrase) life took over again. I'm still working from home but it's been super busy lately and I've been finding it difficult to find the time I'd like to focus on my blog. However, I wanted to write a bit about my life at the moment, and I thought what better way than...Read More
5 ways to look after your back when working from home

5 ways to look after your back when working from home

As more people are working from home amidst the COVID19 pandemic, looking after your back and minimising resultant back pain is more important than ever. Even if you don't have scoliosis or any pre-existing back conditions, sitting down at a desk all day can cause no end of aches and pains. I've been working from home since mid March and it really does not help my back sitting down all day. I thought I'd share 5 tips that I have...Read More
Hello July! Lockdown Diaries

Hello July! Lockdown Diaries

Well here we are in July. We've survived another month of lockdown in the UK. Month 3! Who'd have thought it? As these are strange yet interesting times, I wanted to write about how things are for me at the moment, whilst also taking part in the July Linkup from a Chronic Voice for a bit of inspiration. This involves writing my thoughts around several writing prompts. This month, the prompts are: Bothering, Demanding, Nourishing, Telecommunicating and Tolerating. Bothering I...Read More
Scoliosis Awareness Month: 10 Years Post op!

Scoliosis Awareness Month: 10 Years Post op!

I can't believe I'm writing this, but next month, I'm 10 years post scoliosis surgery! Where on earth did that time go? As it's Scoliosis Awareness month, I have made a YouTube video where I talk about how I'm feeling now at 10 years post op, as well as reflecting on some of the things I have managed to achieve post surgery. I honestly cannot believe how far I've come and all the things I've managed to achieve. To celebrate...Read More
Life with Scoliosis: YouTube channel!

Life with Scoliosis: YouTube channel!

Hello :-) Hope everyone is well. I just wanted to do a quick post to let you know that I'm now on YouTube! I have done my first video this afternoon, which is a quick intro about myself, this blog and my history with scoliosis. You can check this out below. I'm planning on adding regular videos going forwards about my journey with scoliosis and how I live my life post surgery, so please do subscribe to my channel so...Read More