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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.

Thank you!

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!  

It’s me! Sometimes I do like to tell chapters of my own life too… and here I am in Bella sharing the not at all embarrassing story of the office Christmas party snog that led to a marriage… Nine years later and I can report that our office Christmas party kiss that turned into a relationship that turned into a marriage is going very well indeed. Hurrah for booze and Dutch courage!

We’re in full on Christmas mode at Phoenix Towers at the mo, so if you have a Christmassy story we’d love to hear it! Message me today and we’ll see what we can do.

WILLISpipBest (Large)My incredible sister Pip and I are having a bit of a moment… who’d have thought after 34 years as sisters and a decade of me writing about other people, now would be our time to shine! Here we are in Best Magazine. Pipsy is taking all this fame in her stride of course. When people tell her they’ve seen her in a magazine, her go-to response seems to be: ‘Did it make you cry? It usually makes people cry.’

Well she’s not wrong – we have been told a few tears have been shed. But how lucky we are to have this opportunity to share our bond with the world, to paint a picture of sibling relationships both as youngsters and now we’re getting on a bit…

Well where does the time go? A new week, a new raft of fascinating stories that make me proud to be a writer.

I’ve been writing about some amazing kids this week. One little girl certainly gets the bravery award, for she has a condition which has led to 70 broken bones already, and she’s only five. But she’s an absolute champ who loves nothing more than digging for worms in her garden and grilling her mother about the gravitational pull of the universe. She hasn’t got time to feel sorry for herself as she is too busy figuring out the world, and that’s something we could all learn from.

Also inspiring me to appreciate life this week are the three stories in my ‘you saved my life’ feature – three women who are saying a public thank you to the people who saved their lives. The world is full of wonderful people. And I get to write about them!

As always I’d love to hear your story, so please get in touch today!

iStock_000013663657SmallSpring is finally in the air, after a long, cold winter! And as spring invites us into its warm, gentle hug, we’re looking forwards toward summer. Summer is the time for stories about weddings, holidays and adventures. So, if you have a story with a summery vibe, please do get in touch. We’re always interested to hear what you have to say and will work hard to make your story a reality in the summer pages of your favourite magazine.

Did you lose lots of weight for your wedding? Maybe even had surgery especially for the big day? Or maybe your wedding went wrong? Wedding themed stories are always of interest!

As for holidays and adventures, we want to hear about your holidays of a lifetime – meeting the man of your dreams abroad, starting a new business in a hot, sunny country, going travelling to clear your head… Whatever your holiday story, we’re keen to hear it. Make sure you’ve got great pictures to help illustrate your story and get in touch today. Your holiday story could be worth it’s weight in gold…

Feature on stories that go viral

Here we put together two of the case studies featured in Woman’s Own lifestyle piece about women who’ve experienced the whirlwind craziness of ‘going viral’ – 15 minutes of fame around the world. 

Firstly we have Boudicca, from Cardiff, who’s innocently generous idea to help out a struggling family in her area led to her being interviewed for Australian TV, then we have Charlene, who’s First Dance during her wedding to hubby Nathan was so emotional it had thousands of hits on YouTube and led to Nathan appearing on Strictly Come Dancing…
Incredible stories – no wonder they went global. You can read all about them by clicking through to the full stories:

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