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Whisky Glasses
Recreation
Laura Billingham

Editor’s Choice: Third Edition

Whisky and women; they’re not words many people put together. Whisky conjures up images of men with cigars in dusty rooms with open fires. We know it’s a stereotype, yet people still gravitate to my husband when talking about whisky. To be fair, his knowledge is pretty decent; he’s a good student! He hangs in well before politely passing them on to me, much to their surprise. They haven’t realised the world of whisky is no longer just a man’s game.

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lady with umbrella
Health
Laura Billingham

Editors Choice: Second Edition

The soft feeling of newly cut grass beneath my feet. The smell of brightly coloured flowers around me. I find myself in a beautiful garden. Birds singing gently. I feel very safe and comfortable. There are people around me smiling and laughing at the jokes I am telling them. A sense of confidence fills my entire being, and suddenly being surrounded by people and speaking to them is something I feel very comfortable with. The sympathy is overwhelming, and pride in my confidence bubbles up through my core. A wave of gratitude washes over me as I realise that my cheeks hurt from the strain of smiling. Then, suddenly, I am snapped back to my living room.

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Don't Give Up You Are Not Alone You Matter
Health
Laura Billingham

Editor’s Choice: Inaugural Edition

As I stood on the balcony watching colourful fireworks ushering in 2020, I did not shed a tear as usual. I watched silently wondering what my 50th year would bring. What do most people do when life throws them tsunamis and earthquakes? It had been 10 years, and I missed my forties. It had been doctor after doctor and the diagnoses: depression, fibromyalgia and mid-summer 2019, lupus. On the back of the mind were the rumours of COVID 19 and my vulnerability.

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Anxiety
Social
Laura Billingham

The Unspoken Anxiety of Social Media

Social Media is a minefield of different personalities so is it any wonder that we feel anxious highlighting our opinions to a worldwide audience at times? We hear about Social Media Anxiety Disorder which is an addiction to social media, but we don’t hear too much about the other anxiety we can feel through sharing our own opinions. We all fear being judged and if it’s going to happen anywhere, social media is the place!

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