Author: Lauren

Quotes Taken From: The Virgin Suicides

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I remember watching the movie The Virgin Suicides (1999) as a teenager, maybe at 14 years old. I couldn’t resist the movie poster of it – the beautiful Kirsten Dunst who seems to be looking at you and through you at the same time. And of course, there was the title – how was I …

Winning The Lottery

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I’ve been wondering about the lottery recently – wondering whether winning would make me any happier. My SO and I often talk about how we would spend it, how we would give a lot away to family, friends and charities, how we would be sensible with it (but perhaps not on the first few days).

A Pinch Of Salt

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Thanks to our friend social media, we can constantly compare our lives to the lives of others; whether that’s the girl you went to school with for seven years or that Instagram influencer you’ve been obsessing over for the past few weeks. We look at those beautiful photos or that LinkedIn post and think; “Why …

Waking Up Feels Different

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I used to wake up with a routine that was ready to begin. I would go out for a run, earlier than I needed to just to make sure the streets were a little bit emptier. I would run in the dark winter mornings, those icy cold days that made my fingers feel like they …

A Letter To My Unborn Baby

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Violet, Your movements in my belly mean a lot to me. They’re a signal that you’re okay, maybe even better than okay. You’re stretching, moving your tiny muscles, getting stronger. I’m amazed that you will soon begin to turn yourself so that your head is down, getting your body ready to come out of mine. …

An Origin Story

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I had a blonde crop of hair, chubby cheeks that made me look like my granddad, and a rosy complexion. I would sit at our kitchen breakfast bar in our first family home for hours, drawing and colouring in pictures of people I knew, characters I made up. I went through a phase of making …