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5 Things We Can Learn From Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

In case you’ve been living under a rock over the past weekend, everyone’s favourite ginger Prince Harry has married the American Suits actress Meghan Markle. And whether you love the royals or loathe them, you have to admit that Harry and Meghan make a pretty damn amazing couple.

We can’t all marry a prince, but the latest royal love story can teach all of us a few lessons. So here are the main things we can all learn from Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind romance.

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27

There are 60 seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours in a day. The time it takes for the earth to rotate 360 degrees on its axis. There are 365 days in a year, or 366 if it’s a leap year. The time it takes for the earth to orbit around the sun. Once a year, it reaches the date of the day we were born, and we add a year to our age. We label ourselves by our years. We set ourselves deadlines; of what we want to achieve, and how old we want to be when we achieve it. But life doesn’t care about our deadlines.

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Golden

People blame dating apps for the bad behaviour we see on the dating scene today, but scoundrels have been around since the prehistoric era.

The year was 1959. Maureen had been engaged to marry John, but while serving in the air force, John had decided to pull a disappearing act. Or ghosted, as the term is now. He may not have been swiping elsewhere on Tinder, but shady behaviour has always been present.

It was Friday evening. Maureen went to visit John’s parents. John’s parents liked Maureen. She was petite and beautiful, with a heart of pure gold. What parents wouldn’t want their son to marry her? They expressed their condolences.

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A Recap Of 2017

It’s the final day of 2017. In addition to preparing for whatever New Year’s Eve shenanigans I have going on, for me the 31st of December is also a time of reflection. What happened this year? What did I do well? What could I have done better? What do I want from next year?

This one was an interesting year. I had high hopes for this year and a lot of aspirations, however I also had a lot of misfortunes which meant that that they didn’t quite go to plan. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot this year and, as cliche as it sounds, come out a stronger person. So as I get ready to turn the page and begin a new chapter, here’s a recap of my year.

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Top 5 Harry Potter Couples

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to go to the Harry Potter studios tour. It made me realise that despite how irritating JK Rowling has become with her political antics (18 spare bedrooms!) there’s no denying that she’s one hell of a writer. The character development, intricate details and plot twists of the Harry Potter series even had a chick lit reader like myself hooked.

But of course, where would the series be without romance. From Harry’s first kiss with Cho Chang under the nargle-infested mistletoe to the happy ending at Platform 9 and ¾ 19 years later (and the directors’ terrible ageing attempts), there’s no doubt that love is a key part of the tale.

So in order to celebrate the much-loved franchise, I thought I’d put together a list of my top 5 favourite Harry Potter couples (feel free to debate me).

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Balancing Friendships & Relationships

Who should come first- your friends or your partner? Is it OK to drop your friends for a guy? A question as old as the chicken or the egg dilemma, and one everyone will have a different answer to- that is likely to change with time.

When I was younger, I was very much in the “hoes before bros” camp. The combination of being very tall and very shy meant I was completely dateless throughout my teenage years; while others waltzed in and out of relationships, I was always the single friend. A couple of times, my friends would get into a more serious relationship, and I felt a shift.  We’d spend less time together. They’d bring their boyfriend along to events. I got “divorced” on Facebook so my friend could put herself as “in a relationship” with her boyfriend. I got, I suppose, downgraded in their list of priorities, which hurt because they still held the same place in mine. And I mean relationships come and go, but friends are there for life, so they should come first, right?

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Why You Should Be Picky

A week ago, I was shopping on ASOS. My profile pictures are looking a little tired, so to liven things up I was planning on doing a photoshoot with my photographer friend. I needed a new dress or skirt and top combo that would reflect my “brand”, as it were. Something pretty. Not to smart, not too casual. Feminine, fairly modest but still sexy. Modern traditional. I couldn’t seem to find anything that seemed right. Eventually I settled on one little number, but I just wasn’t sure. I wasn’t that enthusiastic. So I left it.

Later on, I took at look at the River Island website, and saw this gorgeous 1950s style tea dress. In 5 DIFFERENT COLOURS. So I bought my favourite, stuck the others on my Christmas list, and was so happy I didn’t buy the other one.

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The Modern Traditionalist

When browsing certain corners of the internet, I often hear not altogether supportive comments about female media personalities.

They usually go along the lines of:

“She preaches about traditionalism but she’s not married!”

“If she was really conservative, she’d be pushing a stroller by the age of 22!”

“She can’t be traditional, she goes on dates/ goes to bars!”

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Guest Post: How To Be A Keeper, Not A Pusher

Today I’m publishing my first ever (and what will hopefully be the first of many!) guest post on this blog. This one is by body and mind balance consultant Isabel Williams. Enjoy!

We live in a digital age and have constant internet access. Most of us have at least one social media account and we use it to post our thoughts online. Thanks to social media, we can reach out to our friends/followers and gain their approval by getting likes, comments and additional followers. It makes us feel as if we were celebrities because we have people reading about our dinner with friends or liking our new selfie.

But some people go as far as to associate that number of likes/retweets with how people see them, how people perceive their qualities and flaws. They start feeling insecure about their identities as soon as there is no positive reaction to their posts. So, they start obsessing with posting as much interesting content as they can think of just to make themselves appear more appealing, more interesting. More likes, more retweets, more comments, more reactions… ‘That means they like me.’

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The Three Layers Of Love

In my opinion at least, a successful relationship is made up of 3 main components.

Originally, I was going to call this post “The Three Components Of Love”, however, I realised there is a definite order in which we notice these qualities. From my experience, the first quality must be there for us to notice the second quality, and so on. In a way, love works a bit like an onion, where one layer must be peeled to access the next layer.

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