R.A.P.E. – Recognise it. Analyse it. Publicise it. Escape it.

It’s a sad truth that rape happens every single day. In England and Wales alone it is said that around 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped every single year. This equates to roughly 11 rapes per hour and that’s only including the statistics for adults (RapeCrisis,2015).

Rape is something that can happen to anyone, anywhere in the world. However, travellers and in particular solo female travellers are arguably a group highly susceptible to rape.

Many countries still have limited exposure or socially/politically influenced perceptions

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Removing Judgement From “Failure”

With the expansion of the internet and social media use, it seems a lot of attention has been shown to the phenomenon of failure.

Failure to get a good job, failure to get educated, failure to be happy, failure to be there when your friends need you, failure to get married, failure to comply with mainstream social norms etc. etc. etc.

There sure seems to be a whole lot of failure going on!

Yet with more and more websites, articles and radio stations telling us all about the millions of choices we have, what it means to be “successful&#8221

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Love What You Do, Be Who You Love…

Mary-Jo Jacobi - WIS Awards

Mary-Jo Jacobi – Image by WIS Awards

Following an Executives in Residence meeting with Mary-Jo Jacobi Jephson at the University of Leeds a while back, I was left in a somewhat pensive mood.

Being a figure of quite some importance in the business world, I listened to Mrs. Jacobi Jephson with great respect. It would appear she had achieved much in her life and the fact that she took the time to speak to myself and others labelled as the “future generation of business” was commendable.

Yet I must admit that the longer she spoke, and the more she revealed about her life

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Words Are Powerful. Choose Them Well.

(Edited) Image by iNkMan_ / CC BY-NC 2.0

(Edited) Image by iNkMan_ / CC BY-NC 2.0

This post was inspired after I received a call today that left me literally speechless. A person who means the world to me was told in no few words, by their own flesh and blood no less, that they were a terrible person deserving not a single act of kindness.

This person is not flawless. This person is not perfect and yet this person is a person of immeasurable strength, infinite resilience and who exudes an exceptional loyalty, warmth and kindness only the few who look past the cracks will ever witness.

Experiencing this person’s heartbreaking

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Cancer Research UK #nomakeupselfie Time!

Post-run #nomakeupselfie plus a donation for a good cause? I'm in!

Post-run #nomakeupselfie plus a donation for a good cause? I’m in!

#nomakeupselfie is what again?

I’ll tell you straight, I’m not really a huge fan of taking pictures of myself. It’s not that I don’t like pictures, I actually don’t mind joining in on others’ picture taking fun, but I was just never big on taking pictures of myself… or at least not since I closed down my Myspace profile many many years ago!

For many girls I know, voluntarily presenting themselves to the world without make-up is not really an everyday occurrence, so when I started seeing a plethora of no makeup selfies floating around

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Being Rich…

…is not about how much you have, but how much you give.

These are the truly magnificent words spoken in the following Gift – Singapore Drama Short Film by Daniel Yam.

It depicts the heartbreaking but beautiful tale of a young boy who never appreciated how truly wonderful his father was until it was too late.

It carries a strong underlying message across to those watching that not everything is always as it seems and it is also a gentle reminder to all of us to appreciate our parents while we still have them. One day they will be gone

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C25K Challenge: Color Me Rad Leeds 2014

Image by Bahman / CC BY 2.0

Image by Bahman / CC BY 2.0

Sometimes you’ve just got to let go and be a little crazy to achieve the most out of this lifetime. – RJunkie

Some people let loose at parties, other people let loose in the streets and yet others don’t need any excuse and just let their wild side take over whenever and wherever they feel like it.

Whilst I don’t consider myself to be too crazy most of the time, I do have a bit of a thing for challenges and putting myself in for once-in-a-lifetime-if-i-don’t-do-it-now-i-probably-never-will type events. So, when my friend

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Making The Case For Lazy Days

I’m a huge fan of being active in life. Read books, explore the globe, drive fast cars, go for a run, shop for groceries, learn to knit. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something with a purpose…

“You only live once. Make the most of it!”

“Live every day as if it were your last!”

“Work hard, play harder”

Overused saying? Maybe. Should you believe in them?

I say… You bet!

Yet every once in a while, I’m sure you’ll know the feeling, you can have those days where your mind

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UNICEF Tap Project: Unplug, Unwind and Save Some Lives

unicef tap project

Screenshot of the UNICEF Tap Project website

I came across the UNICEF Tap Project yesterday and really thought it’s a super great idea for a really good cause, which is why I’m spreading the word and sharing it with you.

The idea behind it is to get people to put down something that really isn’t a necessity in this world (like a phone) for long enough to give something very necessary for life (water) to those on the very brink of survival.

When you participate in the UNICEF Tap Project, for every MINUTE you decide not to use your phone, UNICEF’s partners

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Winning and Keeping Friends

Regardless of whether you are constantly moving around or staying in one place, one of the most important forms of support you can have is a trusty circle of friends. However, especially if you’ve just landed in a new place and don’t know anyone around you, starting all over again can be somewhat daunting. Knowing how to make new friends in such situations can be a really useful skill to have, so here are a few things I’ve found helpful, which might just help you along the way too!

On Winning Friends

Find people

Before you can even think of making

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