Hello 2023

Hello 2023

This time last year, I was waking up at home after a long night spent in A&E. A cyst on my left ovary had ruptured and I’d nearly passed out from the pain, the like of which I’d never experienced. A few weeks later, still recovering, still feeling fragile, I wrote the...

Q4 2022 in Review

Q4 2022 in Review

I doubt anybody noticed, but Q3 in Review never made it on to the blog. A few days into October, when I should have been working on the first draft, I finally succumbed to Covid. I'd had a good run, managing to avoid the virus for two years, even when the rest of my...

Notes From a Summer Sabbatical {Part 2}

Notes From a Summer Sabbatical {Part 2}

In case you’re new around here {or somehow managed to miss my incessant social media updates while I was away}, last month I returned from six weeks in Australia. Before I departed, I had a vague plan to work ON my business rather than IN it while I was away....

Notes From a Summer Sabbatical {Part 1}

Notes From a Summer Sabbatical {Part 1}

Taking a 'summer sabbatical' had been a goal of mine for a long time. I think I first said it out loud in 2017. It felt like a real possibility at the beginning of 2020, but, well... we all know how that turned out. Even when we booked our flights to Australia earlier...

Q2 2022 in Review

Q2 2022 in Review

Clearly, I'm a little late posting my review of Q2. I had grand plans to write and share this while I was in Australia at the beginning of July, but I really leaned into the whole 'summer sabbatical' thing {more on this in a future post}. Apart from the odd Instagram...

My Evening Rhythm

My Evening Rhythm

May was a chaotic month in the Love Audrey household. We navigated another burst ovarian cyst {me}, Covid Round Two {Izzy and Carl}, an emergency dental situation {Carl}, a cancelled trip to Norway and half term. Then, on the first day of June, our car broke down near...

My Life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

My Life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 12th May was World ME Day, a day to focus on learning about, raising awareness of and campaigning around Myalgic Encephalomyeltitis {ME}, sometimes called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome {CFS}. The theme this year was #LearnFromME. Why should you learn from ME?  ...

Q1 2022 in Review

Q1 2022 in Review

The first quarter of 2022 was bookended by trips to A&E and filled with multiple periods of ill health. I started the year with a ruptured ovarian cyst, my CFS flared a lot and I managed to hurt my back badly at some point in the middle of March. Then Jesse caught a...

How I Rekindled My Love of Letter Writing

How I Rekindled My Love of Letter Writing

Since the end of last year, I’ve gained five pen pals and started writing multiple letters a month. In an overwhelming, fast-paced digital world, putting pen to paper has become one of my favourite ways to slow down. Here’s how I rekindled my love of letter writing…...

Hello 2022

Hello 2022

I usually have my first blog post of the year written and published by January 3rd. After the chaos of Christmas, I love shutting myself away to reflect on the previous 12 months and document my plans for the year ahead. The words flow readily. I always enjoy...

3 Creative Lessons From a Christmas Wreath Workshop

3 Creative Lessons From a Christmas Wreath Workshop

At the beginning of December, my mum and I drove to nearby Nailsea to attend a Christmas wreath workshop hosted by Sarah from The Petal Emporium. With fairy lights strung from the rafters, and tea and mince pies waiting for us upon arrival, the Tithe Barn provided a...

Why I’m Picking Up a New Hobby This Winter

Why I’m Picking Up a New Hobby This Winter

If you read my last post, or watched the saga unfold via Instagram, you'll know I spent a large chunk of the summer playing nurse. Jesse tested positive for COVID in July and Carl and Izzy quickly followed suit. It was an intense, exhausting time and definitely not...

Our Summer Bucket List 2021

Our Summer Bucket List 2021

The weather forecast may be sending mixed messages, but summer is finally upon us here in the UK. Jesse is due to break up from school in a couple of weeks and the calendar is the busiest it’s been in over a year. Despite being fully vaccinated, we’re feeling fairly...

12 Things I’ve Learned from 12 Years Writing Online

12 Things I’ve Learned from 12 Years Writing Online

At the end of this month, it’ll be 12 years since I published my first blog post. At the time, I was simply picking up a new hobby. Writing for fun after three years of academic writing for my undergraduate degree. I was also eight months pregnant with my second...

How to Write When You Feel Like You Can’t

How to Write When You Feel Like You Can’t

Don't take this personally, but I really didn't want to write this blog post. I've been putting it off for ages. First, I ignored the task on last week's to-do list and let it spill over into this week's. Now it's a few days before it's due to be pubilshed and I'm...

The Meals I Cook the Most {Vegan Recipes, Tips and More}

The Meals I Cook the Most {Vegan Recipes, Tips and More}

It’s a long time since I’ve written a blog post about food. Four years, to be precise {I checked}. Without going off on too much of a tangent, I often struggle to figure out whether I’m ‘allowed’ to post things like this anymore. Sharing the kind of content I enjoy...

Hello 2021

Hello 2021

I’ve been writing a version of this post every January since 2010. There have been highs and lows, years filled with countless happy memories and some peppered with pain and heartache. But none of them have been anything like 2020. In many ways, there's not much to...

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