Consumerism and Black Friday go hand in hand. Businesses drop their prices through the floor, cover their costs and rely on huge sales to drive profit. Small businesses and Black Friday, however, are not on such great terms. I follow a lot of independent sellers and small businesses on Instagram, where I’ve seen many apologise … Continue reading To Black Friday or not to Black Friday? A freelancer’s dilemma
I’ve written before about the perks of freelancing and self-employment, and even included some serious points aside from working in pyjamas, but things have changed for me in the last year or so, and I felt like it was a good time to re-evaluate. I’m about to mark my third anniversary of being a freelance … Continue reading Why I love being a freelancer, and why that might end
“What discount can I get on that then?” “Nothing until you admit Hull is cool!” This was the embarrassing exchange my ears witnessed today. It followed a fairly lengthy debate between a sales assistant in a city centre jeweller and a guy from Denmark, who was fairly adamant in his opinion that the sight that … Continue reading Hull isn’t cool, and that’s OK
This is a guest post by Gary Barratt that I wanted to share for Mental Health Awareness Day. Because sometimes telling others that they're stronger than they think just isn't quite right, and also because he's written about it better than I ever could. You can find his blog at http://www.medium.com/@gsbarratt I have depression. That’s … Continue reading I am weak and that’s okay.
Nobody ever won any awards for playing, or did they? Chess players win tournaments, football teams win trophies, and World of Warcraft gamers win the respect of those around them. Strip away the rules and formality and what you’re left with is free, organic play. Fun. Nestled among the world’s greatest thinkers, are arguably the … Continue reading Review: State of Play, Humber St Gallery
Shamefully, it is already September in 2017, which means eight whole months have passed since Hull began its City of Culture status and I’d been to only a handful of exhibitions. Thanks to having a tiny person at home, making out of the house at night is near impossible, and making it out anywhere during … Continue reading A weekend of culture, finally
I’ve tried to become a bit more money-conscious lately. Thanks to some handy online banking tools I was able to see how much difference overpayments make to the length of a mortgage, and how much you can save if you up your monthly contributions (hint: lots!). Knowing we could be paying more than a year’s … Continue reading Free days out in Hull and East Yorkshire for babies and toddlers
Five years ago, I wrote the blog post, ‘Don’t rush into clearing straight away’ as a response to A Level results day. It is consistently my most read post at this time of year, but since then tuition fees have spiked and people’s reasons for going to university or not going to university have changed, … Continue reading To go to university or not to go? An A Level results guide
I’m not sure what led me to read this book; it’s not the sort of thing I’d usually pick up, and probably the first time I’ve read anything from the self-help genre, but I’m glad I did. For a quick review, I rated the book four stars and I’m happy to have come across some … Continue reading Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck
Life has been a bit hectic lately. It’s something that sounds incredibly cliche because so many of us seem to say it all the time. But it’s so. Damn. True. Every day work seems to get busier or throw another curveball for one of us, and the weekends become one long to-do list of all … Continue reading Best time, not free time?