• Reflective & Topical

    The Elusive Middle-Ground

    It’s refreshing to see anti-*insert variable* movements gaining traction over recent years thanks to social media providing an outlet to the once lesser heard voice. Just look at the array of body positive, confident (or perhaps not) people of all shapes, sizes, abilities and genders sharing their bits and bobs on your insta feed – a rebellion against the perfect, pouting supermodel of the 90’s. As is the tendency with the swinging pendulum of the social spiritus mundi, humanity has an unfortunate propensity to over compensate for past societal transgressions by over zealously pushing the balance-wheel from the wrongful, judgemental, intolerant position quite far beyond the happy middle ground. We…

  • Planning & Productivity

    Custom Bullet Journals

    I am very excited to announce the arrival of completely custom, hand-drawn bullet journals to the Sophie Writes repertoire. As much as I bang the hobby drum with the important caveat to pursue whatever idol pastime may interest you without the need to perfect the art, it is still a nice feeling when something you take up out of enjoyments makes way to bigger things. My entire writing career is testament to that. And, in a moment that would make Bob Ross proud, I recently had a happy little (artsy) accident when creating a gift for a dear friend. I adore handmade, thoughtful gifts with a personal touch that you…

  • Planning & Productivity

    Functional Bullet Journal – March 2022

    It’s not too often I share my own monthly spreads as they are quite the personal insight into my world, but I do so enjoy the peak into other peoples journals that I occasion indulge the voyeur in all of us and open that door. This month is no different to the usual busy, not-enough-hours-in-the-day, perpetually over tired and under motivated sort of month that most of us seem to wade through. I’ve a number of goals to tick off in the coming weeks and a few projects that are gaining momentum and, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, journaling not only helps me reflect but also organise and plan.…

  • Lifestyle & Wellness

    How To Read More Books

    I’ve said in previous posts that I’m not one for setting huge goals at the beginning of a New Year. 20 years of resolutions later and I’m still not running marathons, boasting rock hard abs, eating organic lawnmower clippings, or greeting 5am with a green tea and a smile. So, at almost 35, I’ve finally realised my personal goals need to be smaller, manageable and, importantly, something I actually WANT to do, not just something that looked a bit fancy on Instagram. One of my goals this year is to make more time for reading. I have an idea of how many books I’d like to get through before the…

  • Career & Money

    5 Genuine Ways to Make Money Online

    If there’s one thing the internet isn’t short of (no, not that!) it’s an abundance of get-rich-quick schemes, money making ventures and the promise of making a quick buck with minimal effort. I’m here to tell you that not all of these seemingly too good to be true offers are the scams you might think they are and there are, in fact, many legitimate online ventures that can bring in the pounds. Here I’ve ranked my top 5 – all avenues I’ve explored myself over the years whenever I’ve wanted to make money flexibly and from home on my own terms. This time next year, and all that… Matched Betting…

  • Planning & Productivity

    5 Reasons to Start a Journal in 2022

    In a world filled with smart phones, virtual social lives, digital currency and self driving cars of all things, I think we’ve become somewhat tech-fatigued. It’s no surprise that vintage crafts, arts and past-times are returning to the zeitgeist with an absolute vengeance! As a form of mindfulness, expression and creativity (whether or not you are naturally gifted), any hobby that can momentarily transport you to a calm and peaceful place is most definitely to be cultivated. Of all the expressive outlets I’ve tried over the years (I went through quite a few at a rate of knots pretty recently, thanks lockdown(!)), I’ve always kept going with journaling in one…