Friday, December 21, 2018


This year I have been trying to be a bit more creative with the gifts I give people, so I decided to bake my family a chocolate orange cheesecake as a sort of “present” for my sisters and parents! The recipe I used is again pulled from Tanya Burr’s “Tanya Bakes” baking book and is incredibly easy to make, there actually isn’t any baking involved in this recipe. This is by far my favourite cake and every time I make it, it goes down a treat with everyone who tries it! It isn’t a particularly festive treat, but chocolate orange always reminds me of Christmas, especially with a sprinkle of icing sugar on top. Here is how to make it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

CHINA! 2019 - 2020

14-year-old me would never have contemplated (let alone agreed to) getting on a plane by myself and travelling 11 hours, over 5,000 miles, to live and work for a year on the other side of the world, away from friends and family. 14-year-old me would have looked at this amazing opportunity and been so daunted by the idea of it, that it would have made me laugh. 14-year-old me was an anxious and quite fragile teenager who was just starting to have panic attacks every day. But 22-year-old me is braver and stronger and so ready for this adventure! 
In August this year I was offered a job to teach English in a Chinese school in Chengdu for a year. It took me a while to decide if I really wanted to do this, but after encouragement from my friends and family and doing my own research, I accepted the offer and have been preparing for it since then. Besides organising documents that need to be sorted before I go, I have been trying to mentally prepare myself for the massive shock to my system that going to China will cause! I think it is safe to say that my anxiety will try to ruin parts of my trip and my panic attacks may even return. As much as I hate the idea of that, I can’t really be surprised if that happens, and I am much better at handling my mental health than I have been in the past.
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