WHO THE HELL IS GOD?

WHO THE HELL IS GOD?

At fourteen I read Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion’ and memorised the key arguments ready to take into school and have it out with my R.E teacher. I was a angry kid who was unhappy with the word and all I saw from God was conflict, war, judgement and betrayal. I had no need for the rules, hypocrisy and judgement of religion. Funnily enough I still don’t. But what I soon found out was the articulate and smartly crafted words of Richard Dawkins held no comfort to a human being at a time of great distress and suffering. Mr Dawkins could shine no light in the darkness I had found myself in and offered no solution to the unavoidable realisation that something was missing.

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PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

“As for UNLIKELY DAD… I always knew I wanted to blog. I just didn’t know what about. I was never the coolest kid on the block with the hottest trends so fashion blogging wouldn’t work. I didn’t have many hobbies either. But then I became a dad and I found I had this voice. I didn’t feel represented in social media really. A young (ish) gay, adoptive dad. I saw the Instagram scene awash with mum and dad bloggers and I love that space. It felt so inclusive and like we were all in this together. But I wanted to make myself accessible and commercial. To be seen as a dad, just like anyone else. And I have worked damn hard. I write from my heart and all my photos are precious to me. I love what I do and hope by sharing what life as a gay dad looks like is actually just showing my followers we’re all the same!”

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Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

What inspires you? What books do you recommend? Baby number 2? Are you still sober? If so do you get urges to drink and how do you not give in? Do you and Ebony ever get 'hate' and how do you react?Do you have a routine that helps with anxiety? Do you think it's healthy for Daisy to be on social media and part of your job?


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HOW TO FORGIVE

HOW TO FORGIVE

For me, I have learnt to look past the person and into the pain. I have learnt the power of empathy. The power to see something from another point of view. It's not about me being right and them being wrong. It's not even about them being right and me being wrong. It's simply understanding the situation at a deeper level.

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TRAVEL: A TRIP TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS (IRELAND)

TRAVEL: A TRIP TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS (IRELAND)

Sometimes in life moments occur where you become aware that what is happening is special and you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. The sort of memory you can look back at when you are older and know you truly lived. Moments where you feel totally alive. We've just come back from staying at the incredible Skyros on the foothills of Mount Gabriel and I am without doubt that those few days will last forever.

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DAD UPDATE

DAD UPDATE

It's been nearly five months since our lives changed forever and it feel's like every single day we are learning and experiencing something totally new. I often think how best to describe the feeling of being a parent. I think the word that springs to mind is 'wonder'. Being a parent makes me see the world with wonder.

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MENTAL HEALTH: FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?...PLEASE READ.

MENTAL HEALTH: FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?...PLEASE READ.

If you woke up today with no hope left in your soul, instead of giving up or going back to bed I urge you to see this as a sign to change. Embrace it as the moment in time you decided to take back your life. There is so much hope and freedom in a life but when anxiety or depression is totally overpowering it’s too easy to lose sight of it. But it’s still there. Believe me. It's there.

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MUISIC: YUNGBLUD

MUISIC: YUNGBLUD

YUNGBLUD couldn't give a flying fuck about what the industry wants. YUNGBLUD want's to change the world with his music. He wants to give a voice to a generation of pissed off teenagers who are screaming to be heard. And the best thing about it all is that I really think he's got a chance to do it.

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TRAVEL: SLEEPING ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE BY THE SEA (UNIQUE GETAWAY)

TRAVEL: SLEEPING ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE BY THE SEA (UNIQUE GETAWAY)

I have just come back from a week away in Haying Island, we spent the week in the most incredible beach house made up of converted railway carriages. I fell asleep to the ocean and explored a ghost town of an amusement park. I chased Tilly through the beauty of a national park and played board games to the soundtrack of a storm. I laughed, smiled, walked, ate and loved, returning home happy, soulful and rested. Not bad for somewhere less than an hour away from our front door.

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MENTAL HEALTH: OVERTHINKING & HOW TO STOP

MENTAL HEALTH: OVERTHINKING & HOW TO STOP

Are you tired of thinking? If I told you I heard voices in my head I'm sure most of you would be worried. Some of you might even politely suggest I see a doctor or a psychiatrist. But it's the truth. Each and everyday I hear voices, continuous monologues or dialogues that follow me relentlessly from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. And do you wanna know something really scary? So do you. The only difference is you might not know it.

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MENTAL HEALTH: BEING DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES

MENTAL HEALTH: BEING DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES

If you are struggling, feeling overwhelmed or angry then please don't worry. I have felt the same way. Life is more than our diabetes though. It's more than glucose monitors and insulin pens. Life is an adventure so go and live it. We are all behind you.

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PARENTHOOD: WITH DANIEL FROM 'THE YOUNGS' (Fear, labour + playing Xbox)

PARENTHOOD: WITH DANIEL FROM 'THE YOUNGS' (Fear, labour  + playing Xbox)

Daniel Young: "As far as the first few moments go, all I can say is that it is one of the most powerful and memorable moments in my life. I do regret one thing though. My wife was rushed away for surgery pretty quickly which meant I was left on my own with this brand new baby girl. I was in awe of her, but I was too scared to pick her up on my own in case I dropped her or hurt her!

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MENTAL HEALTH: YOU CAN BE HAPPY TODAY. (The Theory Of Happiness)

MENTAL HEALTH: YOU CAN BE HAPPY TODAY. (The Theory Of Happiness)

I have spent half my life looking for happiness in the wrong places. I think most of us are like that. I don't think it's our fault, we live in a society that is constantly reinforcing the idea that if we only get this or get that then we will be happy. Happiness is sold to us as a destination. A result of hard work and careful planning and sacrifice. This is wrong and our fruitless pursuit has ended with a generation feeling empty, frustrated and alone. It doesn't have to be like that.

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PARENTHOOD: HONEST UPDATE FROM A DAD

PARENTHOOD: HONEST UPDATE FROM A DAD

Wow. To say the last two months has been a whirlwind would be an absolute understatement. We've been rushed into emergency theatre and given our little one her first bath, we've watched her smile for the first time and heard her screaming in the back of an ambulance. We've seen, done and felt more than we have ever felt in our entire lives and you know the crazy thing? We wouldn't change it for the world. If someone is reading this article in the first few months I want them to know something. It's all worth it. Every single second of it.

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MUSIC: ETHAM

MUSIC: ETHAM

Sometimes a song just connects. Sure, as someone who works predominately in marketing and digital this can be definitely be helped by clever strategies but the truth of the matter is, if a song is really good it takes on a life of it's own entirely. Forget the strategy, the networking and the cool association. Every so often a song comes along that has the ability to encapsulate a complex human emotion in under four minutes and cuts through the noise. This is what is happening for young star Etham's Better Now.

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PARENTHOOD: BABY BIG BUYS + COMPETITION!!!!

PARENTHOOD: BABY BIG BUYS + COMPETITION!!!!

Being a new parent is scary right?! There is so much to bloody think about as first time parents we just didn't know what type of things we needed or what were going to become our essentials. As it got closer to our little ones arrival I panic watched hundreds of 'Big Baby Buys' videos and they really helped. I thought I'd pass on some of what I learnt, both from watching the videos and surviving the first ten weeks!!

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PARENTHOOD: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ( + VIDEO)

PARENTHOOD: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER ( + VIDEO)

You amaze me in ways I only thought your mother could. You've got her eyes and that's worth more than you could ever know. One day I hope to sit and tell your stories of how we met and how we feel in love. Until then, just know that you are part something too strong to ever break apart.   

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Q&A #1 - Depression, Passion & Trying For A Baby.

Q&A #1 - Depression, Passion & Trying For A Baby.

Depression, passion & trying for a baby. Thanks so much for everyone who sent in questions for the first Q&A. I thought it was a good opportunity to get to know each other better on the blog! I have picked a few to answer here and I hope they are useful in some way. I want to do these Q&A's every so often so make sure you comment below anything else you'd like answered.

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TRAVEL: THE MOST INCREDIBLE WEEKEND AWAY (CORNWALL)

TRAVEL: THE MOST INCREDIBLE WEEKEND AWAY (CORNWALL)

Cornwall is my favourite place in the world. I'm pretty sure I have visited every single year since I was a child and I can't help but smile when I think back to rainy July days by the beach, soggy fish and chips by the harbour and the thrill of catching my first wave. It will always have a special place in my heart. 

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