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‘Girl on the Run’ by Jane Costello: Book Review

28-year old, Abby Rogers, cannot think of anything worse than exercise and running. Other than managing her own web-design business, Abby enjoys spending her free time hanging out with her best friend (and fitness fanatic!) Jess, and chilling out eating junk food with a glass of wine. Jess is eager to help Abby find a man, and eventually encourages Abby to join the running club after telling her about the hot new team captain, Oliver.

However, Abby’s first session didn’t exactly go to plan and she vows herself to never return. Not long after this, colleague Heidi turns up at work and announces some devastating news which would change her life forever. But what Abby doesn’t realise, is how much her life was about to change too.{02763850-115C-4B6E-B134-574FBF4E0FD5}Img100

I absolutely adored this book. Right from the very first page, I was hooked and wanted to find out what was going to happen next. Not only does it involve Abby finding love, but it involves her finding new passions, hobbies and realising the satisfaction of helping other people.

I really liked how all of the characters were very realistic and true to people you would meet in every day life. There is always one person who hates sport, one person who loves sport, another person who is a bit of a player, another who has no control over their life and future due to uncontrollable circumstances…. the list is endless. Abby was pretty loveable herself – she wasn’t afraid to admit her dislike for excersise to those who loved it, which was pretty brave of her; yet she was also funny, confident and somebody you’d love to be friends with. Continue reading

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Raising Money for Charity – How?

Have you ever read a book that has inspired you to do something?

I am currently reading ‘Girl on the Run’ by Jane Costello and am absolutely loving it. However, I am only 33% of the way through and it has already really inspired me to do something charitable.

I have so much respect for people who raise money for different charities, and I would absolutely love to do it myself. My family have taken part in Race For Life over the years, which I have sponsored them for, and I have done a sponsored silence a few years ago in which I helped raise money myself. Of course, I occasionally drop change into the little charity pots left by the tills in stores, but that doesn’t exactly add up to a huge amount. However, I haven’t done anything big for charity in which I can get sponsored for in a very long time, and now that I have finished university and have free time, I’d love to be able to work towards something. Continue reading

“Why I write” – Guest Post by Jo

Today, I have a lovely guest post written by Jo to share with you. Here, Jo is telling us about why she writes! I hope you enjoy this post, and please head over to her lovely blog after by here!


Hello! I’m Joana Sofia (but please call me Jo) and my little corner of the Internet is called “Darling, Oh My!” And today the lovely Jenny is allowing me to guest post on her blog. So, I’ve chosen to write about the reasons why I write.01

I write to clear my head. To leave space for new characters and new stories. I write. I write because writing is easier than speaking. The words come easier to me by holding a pen or having my fingers dancing in the keyboard. I write. I write so therefore I won’t explode. With emotions. I put down in a piece of paper what’s on my mind. Good or bad. I write it down. Most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it. Not the action itself. But the act of letting go.

The inspiration well, that comes everywhere. Those who know me know that I get inspired by everything. In a phrase read somewhere. In glances exchanged in the middle of nowhere. In strangers walking by. In songs I heard on the radio. Those who know me know I get inspired by a quote said by someone in a television show. In stories started by others but with wide opening endings leaving up to my imagination how that story would end. But what they don’t realize, what I myself sometimes don’t even do realize, it’s that I put into those characters, those that I create, a bit of myself. A bit of my past, of my present. My dreams for the future. Words that I could say out loud. But they came so easy I only notice when it’s all together. When all the pieces are put together. When I re-read the text that’s when it hits.

So, therefore I write. I write to escape. I write to dream. I write so I can keep my sanity sane. Emotions written out, lightness in my soul.


I really enjoyed reading this post written by Jo. Not only is she sharing with us the reason she writes, but she is also inspiring us to write. Well, she has certainly inspired me anyway! 🙂 Please remember to head over to Jo’s lovely blog – http://darlingohmy.blogspot.pt/
Lastly, I would like to say thank you so much to Jo for writing such a thoughtful guest post for my blog! 🙂 xxx

 

“My journey into the blogging world” – Guest Post by Jenny

Today, I am honoured to be sharing with you a very inspirational guest post written by Jenny from ‘Jenny In Neverland’. Jenny is a fantastic book blogger and has even set up her own blog touring business. I hope you enjoy this post, and please head over to Jenny’s blog afterwards here! 🙂


I started blogging in March 2013 and the reason? I was bored. That’s right, there’s no deep, meaningful reason why I started up my blog. I wasn’t overly concerned if anyone read it or if I was going to gain a following. In fact, I didn’t understand where followers came from! I simply came across another book blog, thought it was a good idea and started up my own out of pure boredom. I had previously quit my college course and 1509659_10203337791435838_7431774155389775404_n2my job – I was training to be a teaching assistant in a Primary school and was going to college one night a week to learn the theory side of it and then working voluntarily in a school 3 mornings a week to gain experience. I was on my course for a few months and every day I went into work I realised more and more that it wasn’t for me. I just simply was not cut out to deal with 30 odd school children every day. One day I went into work and I snapped at this boy. I can’t remember what he done but it wasn’t anything bad but I really shouted at him and that was the moment I realised it was time to go. I was also suffering from bad anxiety at the time and being stuck doing something I hated only made it worse.

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“An insight to my blog” – Guest Post by Dorey

Today, I have a great guest post written by Dorey to share with you. Here, Dorey is giving you a brief insight into her blog, and sharing an extract from a post of hers with you! Hope you enjoy reading it, and be sure to check out her blog afterwards – here!


So I saw the opportunity to be able to reach a wider audience by doing a guest blog. So hello there fellow bloggers. 

I just wanted to give a little insight into my blog. I blog about anything and everything, from visiting the gym to discussing the annoying kids on the train.  I’m also in the first year of living with my Boyfriend which is a first for me and I like the idea of documenting our lives together (the good and the bad)
 
He is bugging me to read this blog and I’ve been denying him access as some of the stuff is very personal which is crazy as you guys are strangers and you know some inner thoughts that I could never tell anyone. But I like that! Plus I can bitch and vent about him occasionally! Hahaha so keep it between us!!! :))
 So here is an extract from my blog. Check it out I’m just starting out… But I’m loving it I hope you do too!!! Enjoy! 😉

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“In the name of James Dean” – Guest Post by Claudia

Today, I have a very insightful guest post written by Claudia. Here, Claudia is sharing with us a very important message about sharing love and living life to the full. I hope you enjoy it! Please head over to Claudia’s lovely blog afterwards here!


I don’t know if it ever happens to you but sometimes I found myself trapped into Wikipedia reading famous people biographies. (Maybe) Creepy but true!

I don’t know how, the other day I ended up reading James Dean biography. A lot of you maybe don’t even know who James Dean was. Fair. I wasn’t born and my mom was a baby when he died (you should Google him anyway and maybe watch Rebel Without a Cause, such a beautiful movie).

Why am I telling you that? Well, I felt inspired by James Dean. He was a beautiful soul, strong and terribly weak at the same time. Strikingly handsome but tormented.

He made me realize once again how short life is. DEAN2
As far as we know, it’s the only life we get and sometimes we forget about it, especially when we’re young.
I’d like to remember more often that life is short and we should take advantage of it.
We should celebrate life everyday, trying to do the best for ourselves and people all around us.
What goes around, comes around.
And I’m talking about kindness.

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“Love Is All You Need” – Putting life into perspective

I came across this video on You Tube a while ago and was really touched by it. Infact, I was so touched by it that I cried. Yes okay, I cry at a lot of things. But there was so much emotion I felt watching the video that it really put life into perspective and touched my heart.

The short film is made by an extremely talented person to say the least. It deals with the controversy around issues of homophobia, homosexuality and bullying. However, there is a huge twist.

What if homosexuality was the norm, and heterosexuality was wrong and illegal?

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