House of pain


Pain comes in many shapes and sizes. Or is that carrots? I always confuse the two. When I set up my Year of Fear challenge, I fully intended to just cover myself in cabbage and take my chances with a hungry porcupine, but instead life threw me a way to tackle my childhood fear of pain that couldn’t be soothed … Read More

The Year of Fear

Do it scared!

Failure can be a very hard pill to swallow; particularly when that pill is coated in sea water and wrapped in thirty years of social anxiety. When I failed to finish – or even properly start – The Big, Mad Swim Around Britain there were consequences, of course. There was still a six-month plan to completely dismantle, a team to … Read More

Making a splash!


There’s something to be said for just being yourself. And a smarter girl than me would say it. Instead, I’ll say something about being a mermaid. Yes, that’s right, a mermaid. I’m all about being my own person – it’s the only way any of us can be truly happy in the world – but when the opportunity arises to … Read More

All at sea


There’s nothing worse than letting people down. Except drowning them. And, for the last few weeks – since starting The Big, Mad Swim Around Britain on April 24th – those have pretty much been my options. Option One: Continue with the plan (bear in mind, the plan was a year in the making, involved five people and all available savings). … Read More