Her Guide To Life

An Unofficial Guide to Staying Sane(ish) in your 20s

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Blogtober #14: Here's to growing up, and growing apart


Some of you might have seen on Twitter last week that I had a certain... falling out, shall we say, with an old school friend over WhatsApp. For those of you that missed the drama, here are the screenshots of the conversation to get you up to speed (name has been omitted for privacy):

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Blogtober #13: The Autumn Reading Tag



First of all, I just want to say thanks to the lovely Emma from Howling Reviews for tagging me to do this post. I've never done a tagged post before, and talking about my autumn TBR pile is DEFINITELY a good way to start! 

However, I will admit that recently, I've definitely been slacking on the reading front. I started this year with the idea (and the Goodreads challenge) to read 100 book in 2016. Right? I know. But at the time, it honestly didn't seem too much of an ask. I read pretty fast and was getting through two or three books a week (because I was unemployed) and I just thought, hey, why not. 

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Blogtober #12: Is being 'in love' enough to save your relationship?


I've been thinking recently about what I want this blog to be to me. I think I want it to be like an online diary, where I can talk frankly and honestly about my life, my opinions, and my take on subjects and topics that life throws at us. Part of the reason I want to write all of this down is because recently I've been thinking about how our stance and opinions on things can change over time, and why it's actually totally fine if you don't think about something the same way when you're 23 as you did when you were 16. That's why my blog's called 'Her Guide to Life' - these are just my experiences, and I am just one person, talking about how I see the world, trying to be as honest as I can.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Blogtober #11: Three recent evenings out in London


I wanted to write these down because I didn't take any photos and I like to remember the really great evenings in my life for a long time. I'm also seriously spoilt because I've had three Really Great Evenings within the space of three weeks, and when life inevitably gets more boring than it has been recently I want to be able to look back and be like, hey, it's okay, you used to do cool things. 

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Blogtober #10: Working in Publishing Q+A | #askHBP


Hey y'all. So, I know I said that this would be up yesterday. The truth is, me and my boyfriend bought Thai takeaway and wine and started watching The Cabin in the Woods, and I kind of forgot all about it.
Thank you to everybody who asked me questions on Twitter, and for making my first Q+A so much fun! I'm not planning on doing any more Q+A's right now, but I know that this is something that lots of my online and IRL friends are interested in and that I could help out with.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Blogtober #9: A Scrap of A Poem I Wrote on The Bus


It's going to be a short one today, because I have a pizza and cinema date to get to in half an hour (yes, I'm seeing Bridget Jones' Baby again. Don't judge me).

Anyway, like the title says, this is a very short poem that I wrote on my bus home from work after reading the amazing Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Blogtober #8: The Best Mid-Week Autumn Soup Recipes


I don't know about anybody else, but to me, autumn = soup. Nothing makes me feel as cosy and domestic as a big bowl of soup and some crusty bread on a cold October evening. I used to be a firm tinned soup fan, but in the last year, my boyfriend has proved to me multiple times just how easy making your own soup is (and how snooty and proud you feel afterwards). These are my favourite soup recipes, all that I've made several times, and all that look ugly as hell, but taste delicious (which everybody knows is the test of a good homemade soup).

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Blogtober #7: My New Favourite Feminist TV Show


I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a good TV series to binge on. After I finally got over finishing Stranger Things, I thought I'd have to wait a long time to fall properly in love with a series again. I was definitely wrong. 
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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Blogtober #6: Why I Pretty Much HATE Sundays



I can't explain it. I just really, really don't like Sundays. Even if the Sun is shining, the birds are cheeping, and I've waken up mercifully hangover-free, they just always feel kinda grey to me.

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Blogtober #5: 23 Painfully Honest And Not Always Pretty Facts About Me


It sometimes feels as though we live our lives basically online these days.We chat to people every single day, but how well do we actually know these people? Do we know what they're scared of? What their favourite sound is? Which book last made them cry?
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Friday, 7 October 2016

Blogtober #4: Why We Need To Celebrate The Good Days


So yesterday was my 23rd birthday. Thank you SO much to anybody who wished me a happy birthday on Twitter, you honestly made my day, and I’m so sorry that I don’t know more of you in person (yet).

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Monday, 3 October 2016

BLOGTOBER #3: The First Chapter (And Maybe The Only)

This is Past (Healthy) Me, feeling super sorry for Present (Flu-ey) Me
Hey, everybody. As you may or may not know, I've been down with the flu for a few days now, and I haven't really had the energy to do anything other than to hunker down on my sofa in a blanket and rewatch The Office for the millionth time on Netflix. I'm going to heat up some chicken soup, put my PJs on, and write tomorrow's post later on tonight, but for today's? I thought you might like to read something I wrote a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if I'll carry on with it yet, but damn, it felt good to write some fiction again. Bring on NaNoWriMo next month... (?)

Happy October 3rd!


(Very Ill) Hannah x

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

BLOGTOBER #2: Goodbye Sugar, Bliss, and Pre-Teen Innocence


Remember the teen magazine Mizz? Course you do. How about Sugar? Bliss? Well, guess what? They're all gone. None of them are being printed anymore. 

I don't know how many people this will come as a surprise to. Maybe I missed the grand Internet farewell that sent these magazines off, but I was genuinely shocked and more than a bit upset when I found out a few days ago that the magazines that I had loved as a preteen and early teen were... kaput.

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BLOGTOBER #1: Hello, I'm Hannah



Hey, lovely people. It's Hannah here. Are you okay? I hope you're okay.

I had a big ol' chat with my friend Mariam yesterday over coffee. It was glorious. During the three hours that we were sat in Costa, we covered a lot of topics: books, publishing, social media, writing... Okay, those all do sound pretty similar now that I read it back, but what can I say? We have a lot in common.
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