As it was World Book Day yesterday, I thought I would share with you a little book review on an awesome book I’ve been reading this last month. I read Gloria Steinem’s book as part of Emma Watson’s feminist book club ‘Our Shared Shelf‘ and I have to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. For one, I have never enjoyed autobiographies before and two, I’m a crime/thriller book lovers so wasn’t sure this politics based book would be something I’d enjoy – for fear it would too closely remind me of all of my readings and textbooks for my degree!

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Going through a tough break-up can be so hard and painful, especially if you weren’t the one to call it off. I see so often articles on ‘How to get a revenge body’ and how to make your ex jealous with these top fitness tips. For me, if you really are the type of person that loves a bit of sweet revenge, endless hours in the gym and painful dieting isn’t the way to go about it. Being confident is the most attractive thing so if you can find self-love in this tough time, you’ll feel so much better.

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Yoga was hugely fundamental in my self-love journey. It allowed me to really open myself up and become more connected with the world. For those that think this already sounds like a load of mumbo-jumbo, I ask you to bare with me because I too thought the same before starting yoga.

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How To Deal With Hate

Unfortunately, I think the vast majority of people have at some point in their lives experienced some form of negativity towards themselves from other people. This really saddens me, not only because I’ve been a victim to it myself but because I don’t understand why it happens. It can be really hard to hear your peers say harsh things about yourself, especially untrue things. I have been named many things in my life and if I were to listen to every single one of them I wouldn’t be the confident person I am today. Dealing with this hate and bullying is so hard to do and can take a lot of guts, so I thought I would share my top 5 tips on how to pick yourself up and become even stronger!

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A subject that has caused many debates for me is the idea of sexuality, specifically homosexuality and transgender. Personally, I am a huge supporter of people being free and able to express their sexuality in whatever way they please. I can’t understand why certain people oppose gay marriage or transgenders, why people can’t except something natural and normal is beyond me.

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We’re all guilty of a selfie. It would be lying to deny that at one point in our lives we haven’t posed for a picture we’ve taken ourselves. I’ve done it. I’ve done it, but I don’t feel comfortable doing it often. Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I’m like ‘Wow I really look amazing today!’ and want to take a picture to document this image. But for all of the thousands of times I’ve looked at myself and thought those words, only a handful of times have I actually taken the photo.

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I saw something today that inspired me to write this post. I was reading The Times online and an article by Alexandra Frean caught my eye. It was titled “Sorry, but women don’t need to be told how to write’, this title intrigued me so I had a look. The article was about a new computer programme that was teaching women how to write emails in the workplace. Specifically to eliminate the use of certain words like ‘just’ and ’sorry’. This sounds ridiculous as women should be allowed to write the way they want just as anybody else can. The article was powerful and well written, however, it was the comments on it that sparked this post.

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