Let’s Talk about Being Alone AGAIN: BLOGNY 2018

I’ll admit I am not good at being by myself. I am a severe hypochondriac who is calmed by having someone nearby to help me. I am a horror story fanatic who is easily spooked by dark shadows. I also just love to talk to people. But being alone is important and I am terrified…

Unlearning Sleepless Nights: The Real Stuff

I was awake a lot in my first year of university. I would sleep between 3 and 4 in the morning and would wake up sometime between 8 and 10 depending on my class time (yeah attendance). I was constantly exhausted and struggled to concentrate on anything and honestly have no real idea of how…

10 things I have Learnt in the Last Six Months

1.New friends – who have met you the way you are now and who somehow like you like this (???) – can sometimes be the most important people in your life. Treasure them. Stay real with them. 2. There is fucking gluten in everything. 3. Be who you are.And not in the happy-hippy-flippy way, but…

Some Advice

Live with people who make you laugh. Cry laugh until there are streams rushing down your cheeks and your jaw aches and your head is crinkled inside and out and you can’t even breathe anymore because there is all laughter, no air. Live with people who make you ugly snort and curl up on the…

What’s In A Name

Zarrin-Taj. I like my name but it has always been heavy and conspicuous. Like lugging a suitcase through a party where everyone else is carrying discreet shoulder bags. The other day the amazing Vanessa linked me this article by Durga Chew-Bose and it resonated. Part of me was pleased, the way I always am when…

1 year & 3 Resolutions

It’s funny because I was so desperate to write for the first couple of days of this year – it had become routine, habit, easy. And now here I am two days late on my first weekly post – absolute disaster I tell ya! But even though I missed the day I am here now!…

Morning Routine: BLOGNY 2016

Welcome to the not-that-anticipated sequel to my night time routine. My day begins with my alarm. I am one of those people who sets about ten, which apparently is really bad for your sleep patterns & restfulness but I get a lot of genuine satisfaction out of getting woken up at 5am and realising that lo behold, i…

10 Things to Boost Your Mood: BLOGNY 2016

The last week of posts has been absolute shambles I am so sorry. Work is not a good enough excuse; tired is not a good enough excuse – all I can offer is that things are pretty rough at the moment. You know the mornings when you wake up and your chest is already aching…

Christmas Gift Guide: BLOGNY 2016

*A note at the start to say that I don’t know a lot about the situation in Aleppo but I know enough to know that it’s tragic and terrifying and incomprehensibly inhumane. Christmas is about giving and there are people who need you. Please take the money you would have spent on an extra Christmas gift or treat and donate…

Cutting Ties: BLOGNY 2016

So a less festive post, but I know that Christmas isn’t the cheeriest for all. I watched this video by Dodie (I’ve probably seen it about 100 times in the last few weeks) and it really got to me, because something we all have to do in life is cut ties with people that we care a…