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In Best Magazine this week, we delve into the debate around normalising obesity. This was an interesting report to write, taking in comments from a GP and a nutrition expert and looking at how dangerous it is to be severely overweight OR underweight. Ultimately, the most important lesson is to look after ourselves and that includes being mindful about what we eat and how active we are.

Out in Best! now…

Next month, kids go Back To School – and to mark the occasion we worked with Prima Magazine to celebrate four women who also went back to school, taking an adult learning course, hobby or lesson to improve their skillset as adults. I loved working with these women and their stories look fantastic and inspiring. Estelle’s photography class led to a new career, Sally’s DIY skills course gave her confidence to do her own odd-jobs around the house, Sally is becoming a whizz with the saxaphone and Sian has tried so many cookery classes that I’d very much like to have dinner at her house!

A wonderful medley of skills. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby! Out now in Prima.

Here’s the wonderful Paula and her wonderful escapades! While other children were dreaming of becoming an astronaut, fireman or race car driver, Paula was suffering severe anxiety. By her own admission, she missed out on a childhood. It was only when a chance photo on her 30th birthday made her realise she was living life in hiding that something changed in her soul. With the support of her husband, Paula overcame her anxieties and started making up for lost time.

All those childhood dreams other kids had? Paula’s tried them all now. She’s a testament to what you can achieve when you refuse to let anything hold you back and she’s also an absolute dream to work with and write about.

If you’ve had some wild adventures, get in touch today, we love adventures here at Phoenix…

Paula is out in this week’s Best. An aptly named title for her new life!

ZeldaGrazia (Large)While I’d never be brave or bold enough to lapdance myself, it was incredibly enlightening and interesting to work on this story. Kristine kept a diary throughout her time as a stripper (while studying for a degree at the same time) and her observations flipped between amusing and heartbreaking.

But with mounting debt, more students are turning to strip clubs as a means to get through university. As Kristine explains, it does no favours for your self-esteem but is hard to give up because the money is easy and plentiful.

Out in this week’s Grazia. If you’d like to share your secret way of avoiding debt, please get in touch today.

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williskimmindfulmebest-largeIt’s me! Here I am in Best magazine having a go at mindfulness. Results varied, depending how well I was remembering that I was supposed to be mindful… but I can report that I have actually become a much more mindful person on the whole in the weeks since I wrote this feature. I now eat slowly and think about each mouthful – begone days of wolfing down my meal! I take the time to enjoy my day because really, what’s the rush?

I really enjoyed 100 Mindfulness Meditations by Neil Seligman, who served as my guide through this journey. It’s a great introduction to mindfulness and allows you to have a little fun with the concept. Available on Amazon here!  

Blogger, vlogger, podcast host, public speaker, student and London Fashion Week reporter – Emily is many things. Many incredible things. She’s also registered blind, as a condition left her blind in her right eye and with just 10% vision in her left. With guide dog Unity by her side, Emily is on a mission to show the world that her visual impairment doesn’t stop her living her life or loving her fashions. The way she describes what fashion means to her is so beautiful – it’s not just about colours. For Emily, fashion is about the smell of a vintage shop or a swoosh of a maxi skirt.

She’s a lovely young lady and I was thrilled to write about her for Reveal magazine. Out this week!

If you have an inspiring story like Emily’s that you’d like to share with the world, please get in touch today.

In this week’s Best magazine, the feel-good story of three women refusing to let naysayers stand in their way, crush their dreams or dampen their spirit. I love this kind of story, it makes me want to fist-bump the air and say YEAH! I’m particularly inspired by Kathy, because I’m going grey at a rate of knots and despise society’s expectation for women to hide and dye every grey strand, lest we embrace our age!

If you have an inspiring story about how you defied the critics, I’d love to hear it – get in touch today!

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TammyGrazia (Medium)Here’s the poignant story of Tammy Cousins, exploring society’s obsession with looks and her relationship with her own reflection. Tammy speaks eloquently about attractiveness and the advantages and disadvantages of beauty.

We initially shared the story in Grazia UK, but here it is translated into Chinese and Dutch for Grazia China and Grazia Holland. Always fascinating to see your work in a language you don’t speak!

BRATTjay1Well it’s a very exciting time in the world of journalism. For years rumours have swirled that no one reads print journalism anymore and indeed we’ve seen some of our favourite titles disappear. Remember Zest? More? She? Great magazines, gone to magazine heaven in the sky. Then there was the News of the World – bad times.

But now? Now there’s the New Day – a brand new newspaper from the team who bring us the Mirror and the People. It’s a gorgeous newspaper, the stories are laid out in a clean, crisp way. Reading it feels all exciting. I’m honoured to see one of my stories in today’s issue, one of the very first issues of the paper. (It’s been on sale for about a fortnight now)

There’s also a new fitness magazine out called Fit and Well. How apt – perhaps the world of print journalism is indeed fit and well. I do hope so – I love to write and don’t ever want to stop!

Men don’t get much of a look in when it comes to ‘real life stories’. We tend to focus almost entirely on women, so it was refreshing to work on this report for Reveal magazine. Nathan (main photo) opened up about how he started taking diet pills and steroids in a bid to boost his size because he felt pressure to look a certain way. It’s easy to forget men feel pressure to look good too! And perhaps not as easy for men to open up about it, so huge thank you to Nathan for doing so.

If you’d like to share your experiences of taking diet pills or steroids, we’d love to hear from you. Thank you!