Ex-Conservative Voter Not Voting Conservative

NOTE: I know you’re likely fed up of reading political articles and posts, but with the vote tomorrow and one of the largest decisions of our generation’s lifetime ahead of us, I wanted to talk about the buyer’s remorse I’ve felt following the one time I voted for the Conservative party…

In the 2010 election, at the age of 20, I voted for the Conservative party. Today, this is not something I’m proud of in any way but, at the time, I was a finance and economics student who only really understood the macroeconomic policies being laid out by the parties, so voted with what (to my mind at the time) sounded like the most logical economic policies. The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition was formed as a result of that election and the rest, as they say, is history. I regretted my decision almost immediately after voting as tuition fees increased, the NHS de-stabilised and poverty grew. In the 2015 election I voted Green because I actually read through policies and tried to look through the “political jargon”. Then Brexit happened and I voted Remain, yet again I was dismayed to see my future being pulled away from me, and the guilt from my decision in 2010 grew. View Post

Negative Body Image 1

We are our harshest critics, especially when left alone with our own thoughts…

There are those moments when you first stand in front of a mirror and immediately cast a cynical eye over your body. Your mind races to areas you feel insecure about and your negative internal monologue kicks off.

“This doesn’t look toned enough.”

“I wish there were fewer blemishes here.”

“I hate the way that looks.”

It’s incredibly easy to find yourself in a shame spiral, sinking into your own self-doubt and fear, which ultimately leads to you developing an inaccurate perspective about the way you look. Everyone goes through this, for some it’s a daily struggle and for others it’s a less regular occurrence. Either way it has a massive impact on your confidence and how you hold yourself. Today, I want to talk about 5 methods to help stop these thoughts in their tracks and prevent a negative body-image mentality from taking hold of you. View Post

Barber Therapist - 1

A few weeks back, I was invited by Drakes of London to go in for a haircut and to sample their services. Traditionally, I tend to review these places based on the decor, atmosphere, service and pricing as well as extras like staff friendliness and grooming ranges. However, during this appointment I had an experience that I had never come across before, one that forced me to reflect on my own achievements, insecurities and future plans. It wasn’t so much a haircut with a smile, as a haircut with a friend and it got me thinking about how often men can turn to barbers to vent their emotions and frustrations… View Post

Mexico 1

In late February my brothers, our respective partners and I all packed up and set off for Mexico on a 2 week adventure/holiday around the Yucatan Peninsula. After years of planning, saving and excitement we left Heathrow with snow falling and 6 degrees celsius to set off for the warmer climates of the Caribbean. Throughout our stay we travelled to Merida, Progresso, Pisté, Chichen Itza and Akumal, 5 vastly different areas of the Yucatan but each with their own charm. View Post

Beardless Man - 1As anyone who has read my blog or follows me on social media has seen, I am always sporting a clean-shaven look. Now, it’s important to note that this is not strictly through choice, but also because I simply am unable to grow any reasonable amount of facial hair. For some context, I’m 27, I eat a healthy diet, maintain a regular exercise routine and sleep as well as keeping a keeping my skin clear and moisturised. Despite this, however, I can’t seem to grow any more than a little peach fuzz around my chin and upper lip. So what’s it like being in a society where beards are widely seen as a sign of style, strength and masculinity, yet you’re incapable of growing one. View Post