The Roundup: Best of 2023

You’ve done the presents, had the enormous Christmas dinner and rolled yourself outside for a Boxing Day constitutional. What to do now besides watching Toy Story 4? How about a look back at this blog’s most-read posts of 2023?! Exciting isn’t it?

Yes, it’s the final round-up of the year, and quite a year it has been. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs but one of the highlights for me has been the engagement of my readers, knowing that you’re enjoying the blog and getting something from it keeps me going so a big thank you for reading!

I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule in the new year. In the meantime, here’s a big ol’ list of your favourite posts from this year (I can see your clicks. Not a euphemism).

Topics include the benefits of essential oils, natural soaps and IBS (Although don’t eat the soap- that’s not for IBS).

For the writers, we’ve got imposter syndrome, how to stay productive, avoid procrastination and musings on the best workspaces. Then there’s introversion and how we can all stay happily working together far, far away from each other.

Also, it seems I had a thing for dogs wearing glasses this year.

Oh well. It looks like there’s something for everyone, doesn’t it? On with the show…

Don't want to go back to the office? you're not alone

Don’t want to go back to the office? You’re not alone

Anxiety about going back to the office is real. Hybrid setups are gobbling up more days a week and the thought of returning to ‘normal’ is devastating for many. Going back in means saying goodbye to a newfound work-life balance and readjusting to a more rigid structure. Is it any wonder that most employees don’t want

Writer Imposter Syndrome I'm not an expert, here's why you shouldn't listen to me

Writer Imposter Syndrome: I’m Not an Expert Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Me

You know, that feeling you get when you’re trying to write something of value but you’re not an expert? The little voice that says you shouldn’t really be doing this because you’re not good enough? Today we’re talking about writer imposter syndrome.  When you’re not an expert in a niche or genre, you can’t help but think,

Do you really need more confidence

Quiet People, Do You Really Need More Confidence?

“Doing well but needs more confidence”. Anyone else remember this from old school reports? For me, it was the same in singing exams, during my Masters and at drama school as well. Being a very quiet person didn’t even get me points for being quietly confident. I tried to give them what they seemed to need.

Messy desks vs Neat The Writer's Workspce

Messy Desks vs Neat: The Writer’s Workspace

How often have we scrolled through generic productivity posts, hoping that organising our messy desks will somehow make us more productive writers? The idea of an untidy writer’s workspace as productivity’s nemesis has become ingrained. Thanks to a quote misattributed to Albert Einstein, we think that a messy desk is a sign of a cluttered

Procrastinating creative people

How to Stop Procrastinating; Advice for Creative People

Everybody puts things off, but for creative people, in particular, procrastination can be a big problem. When it all seems too big or too hard, motivation can vanish completely. Once you start procrastinating, it can send you into a tailspin trying to get the job done when deadlines loom. So though I’m no doctor of

Top Tips to Overcome Procrastination A writers guide

Top Tips to Overcome Procrastination: A Writer’s Guide

What’s your writing process? If like me you’ve truly mastered procrastination, you spend a large portion of your writing time doing a lot of non-writing. That is, discovering creative ways to avoid your own writing. 

Writing Burnout and Information Overload: How to Keep Calm and Carry on Blogging

Information Overload and Writing Burnout: How to Keep Calm and Carry on Blogging

You may have noticed that this blog went quiet for nearly two years. I disappeared for a lot of reasons. Mainly it was a mixture of writing burnout, imposter syndrome and blogging advice overload. Add a hefty dose of perfectionism and a full-time job and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an abandoned creative outlet. Maybe you

Good bacteria vs bad bacteria (2)

Good and bad bacteria in the gut: What’s the difference?

Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria, but not all are created equal. Find out who’s who and how to balance the good and bad bacteria in the gut.

Gut healthy fruits, vegetables, water and coffee on a green background

How to know if you have a gut microbiome imbalance

Restoring the balance of your gut microbiome can be an ongoing battle. An imbalanced gut, where bad bacteria run the show, can lead to skin issues (e.g. Rosacea, Eczema), autoimmune diseases, and allergies. Poor gut health is also linked to endocrine disorders, endometriosis, candida, and everyone’s favourite the incurably irritable, IBS.
Discover the key culprits of gut microbiome imbalance and regain digestive harmony. Learn how to restore the balance to your gut naturally.

The awkward intersection of IBS and Social Situations

The Awkward Intersection of IBS and Social Situations

People with IBS will tell you they take note of where the bathrooms are in any given social situation. Blunt but true. I do this as well but for a different reason. I keep a tally of nice plush bathrooms as if I’m doing a survey upon arrival. Seashell? check. Dispenser that puffs random cloying perfume

3 Quick Natural Remedies to Calm IBS Flare Ups

3 Quick Natural Remedies to Calm IBS Flare Ups

Unexpected flare ups are a fact of life for those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. You’ll be eating ‘normally’, busy but not overdoing it and getting enough sleep when surprise! you react to something. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell what set you off in the first place so you can stop doing it. As

Frankincense essential oil benefits for hair

Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits for Hair, Skin & Health

Ever had a cinnamon latte and thought it smelled like Christmas in a cup? The olfactory sense is an incredibly powerful thing. One sniff of cinnamon, nutmeg or zesty orange and we’re transported back to childhood, ready to dive under the Christmas tree to start opening presents. Likewise, there’s something magical about frankincense essential oil.

12 Amazing benefits and uses of Amber essential oil

12 Amazing Benefits and Uses of Amber Essential Oil

In the world of essential oils, one stands out: the “Gold of the North” – Baltic Amber. Why were ancient civilizations so fascinated by it? Was the amber stone just a pretty trinket for them, or did they know something we’re only catching onto now? Today, dear reader, we’re taking a closer look at the

Gardenia essential oil benefits and uses

16 Ways Pure Gardenia Essential Oil Benefits Your Health

I’ve been spending a lot of time gardening lately. Watching plants grow and change through the seasons has a way of putting life in perspective. Flowers take time to grow but the results are worth it. Plus, you can indulge in the numerous health perks, fragrances, and essential oils that plants have to offer.  In

Violet Essential Oil 6 amazing benefits and uses

Violet Essential Oil: 6 Amazing Benefits and Uses 

Ever heard of violet essential oil? often overlooked in the world of essential oils, it offers tons of benefits and uses that are frequently eclipsed by scents like peppermint, tea tree and Lavender. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at this simple garden violet oil, delving into its historical roots, possible uses and

6 Moringa Soap Benefits for naturally healthy skin

6 Moringa Soap Benefits for naturally healthy skin

I love a natural, non-toxic skincare product. One ingredient that’s been on my radar lately is moringa. As I’m sure you know, it’s not new. People have been reaping the benefits of moringa’s medicinal powers since it was discovered in northern India around 2000 BC. I first came across it in the early ’00s when

Wrap up

If there’s anything in particular you’d like to read about, you know how to reach me. In the meantime happy reading and a blessed 2024. Stay tuned for more in the new year!

Nicole x

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