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Everything You Need To Know About Anxiety and Overthinking

Everything You Need To Know About Anxiety and Overthinking Anxiety and overthinking.  They’re two sides of the same, horrible coin. If you’re anything like me, you know that this is a tough subject to navigate.  The very nature of anxiety is something that leaves you with a sense of unease, dread, even panic. […]

15 Amazing Instagrams For Writers To Follow

15 Amazing Instagrams For Writers To Follow

When you think about Instagram, your first thought isn’t usually of a place to find quality writing. Instagram is by nature image-based, so you wouldn’t expect it to be a great source of writing content, right? Wrong. Instagram is a veritable hotbed of writing talent. […]

Ten Things To Love About September

Ten Things To Love About September

September is here and with it comes the change of the seasons. It’s hard to believe we’re back at the beginning of another school year already. But time moves on whether we like it or not, and while some of us are looking forward to the cooler autumn nights, many of us are mourning the loss of an uncharacteristically hot British summer.

I’m no good with change, so to stave off any feelings of sadness at the seasonal downturn to come, I’ve compiled a list of things to love about September. Every cloud, and all that. 

September is awesome because…


The kids are back at school.

I know, it sounds mean being reason number one. However, there’s been six whole weeks of summer indulgence for them and a fair few weeks of stress for us parents to contend with. The routine of school is a welcome change right now for many of us, even though it is lovely to have our little darlings at home with us all the time. Honestly.

It’s time to start fresh.

For some reason, September always feels like more of a new start than the actual turn of a year does. It’s probably because of the academic year restarting, but it’s a time to refocus and get back into a pattern of ‘doing’. Plus, September is the best time to get hold of new stationery, and who doesn’t love doing that?!

Cooler temperatures.

For someone who loathes being cold, this isn’t exactly ideal, but after the baking heatwave we’ve experienced in the UK this year, I’m actually glad of a cooling off period. That’s not to say come the dark nights of November I won’t be moaning about being frozen through, but still, a break from the heat is welcomed right now.

Ten Things To Love About September

Autumn fashion.

Ok, so it’s not quite jumpers and scarves weather just yet, but September marks the official transition into Autumn and that means it’s time for some new styles. Time to dig out the cardigans and get ready for boots season.

End of Summer sales.

Now is the time to go and buy all the summer clothes that are being reduced to clear! I love picking through the sale rails in September and stocking up on summer essentials that have been slashed down to like £3 from £20. Get out there and go nuts.

Start of the rugby season.

After a long summer break the rugby season restarts in September, which means a return to fitness and league games for me and my teammates. It’s also a great time for anyone who’s been thinking about giving it a go to come along and get started. Check out my guide on how to get involved here.

Time to review the finances.

August can be a really hard month financially, so September brings about some calm in the budget. Time to reevaluate where the spending has been taking you and start to save up those pounds again, because we all know it’ll be Christmas before we’ve turned around and we’ll need every penny.


I’ve come to realise that my life needs structure, and September brings that in spades. Although it might seem like leaving the summer days behind is a sad thing, the chance to get some structure back into my day is pretty appealing to be honest. 

New stuff on Netflix.

I don’t know about you but I have been waiting for what seems like forever for American Horror Story: Cult to come onto my screen. A whole year after it was broadcast wherever it actually gets broadcast, it’s being put onto Netflix. At last. Check out the full list of what’s coming out in September here.

There’s never been a better time to listen to this:

There really hasn’t.

So there you have it, a definitive and not at all vague list of ten things that we should all love about September. Now, I’ve got to go and finish labelling a whole load of school uniform before the morning, but I’d love to hear what you enjoy about the coming of autumn. 

Drop me a comment in the box below, or you can find me over on Twitter. And if you can’t get enough of the autumnal vibes, check out my Autumn-themed Pinterest board for some September based inspiration.

What Is Burning Man?

What Is Burning Man?

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The Attic

The Attic

The flecks of dust began to gleam in the morning light. Laura glanced across at the moth-eaten sheets that draped across the old wooden bed frame. No one could have been up the stairs of the attic in at least ten years, she thought to […]




It’s been a busy few weeks here. What with the start of the summer holidays and the adjustment to the once in a lifetime heatwave we’ve been experiencing this summer, things have taken a bit of a left turn, writing wise. I’d forgotten how time consuming being on parent duty full time can actually be, and while I love my little girl dearly, I’m struggling to find the time to write or do work of any other kind!

I’ve also just been through the process of SSL renewal and other assorted revamps, so my website has been in a state of flux for the last couple of weeks – apologies.

Time To Sort Things Out

Anyway, as discussed in my last post, things have been getting a bit much. The spinning of plates in my life needs to stop, so it’s time to start streamlining. My love of writing and design need to start working in sweet harmony, not in ragged opposition to one another. It’s too much for me, the juggling act is getting overwhelming.

So with that in mind I’m going to be linking up my design business Rosarts with my writing work here at Actual Ar. My first love of writing runs only slightly ahead of my love of art and design. I setup my design business a few years ago, but soon realised that it wasn’t a place for my writing to coexist. So I separated everything out and ended up giving myself an unmanageable workload in the process.

I can’t keep operating in two different capacities so I’m going to finally unmask myself a little through Rosarts, which I have always done fairly anonymously. If you’d like to check out the kind of design and illustration work I do as well as my writing here then it’d be much appreciated. I’m still in the process of streamlining that website though, so be warned, it’s also a bit potholed at the moment too.

Hopefully this streamlining process will alleviate my work headaches so that I can fully focus 100% on my writing and design work. I need them to live together in peace, for my own productivity and well-being more than anything else!

Looking Ahead

On the plus side, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and bought myself the new computer I’ve been lusting over for the past few years! This means that I can at last upgrade my work output both design and writing wise. I had some fun trying to put it together when it arrived, but I’m absolutely loving it now!

With a bit of luck and some major streamlining efforts, I’ll be able to post here with greater regularity and establish my design site more firmly too as I take on more of the work I love to do. I’m also planning to take part in a creative blogger’s challenge over at Gesso – more on that shortly.

I’ll also be posting an update on my July Vocabulary Challenge too, now we’re at the last day of this most sunny of months and the time has come to check in on my own goals.

Enough about me though, How have you been spending the past couple of weeks? I really do love to hear from you so please let me know in the comments below, or you can drop me a tweet over on Twitter!