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I’m 27! So here’s my birthday bucket list

Birthday bucket list

I turned 27 a couple days ago. Between the realisation of getting older and often unmet expectations, birthdays can be quite bittersweet. That is why I’m putting a positive spin on this new chapter with a birthday bucket list! Read on for the 27 things I am going to do while I’m 27! Do some […]

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Happiness & success

Becoming a blogger: Creating an editorial calendar, or what and when to write

Editorial calendar, becoming a blogger

This is part three of the Becoming a blogger series, in which I cover how to decide what and when to write on your blog. Once you have brainstormed ideas, you can then commit to when you will work on those blog posts. Read on for the general principles of creating an editorial calendar, then […]

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People & places

A guide to making the most out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: what to do and what to see

What to do in Rio

Hi friends! In part one I went over how to prepare your trip to Rio de Janeiro. Today let’s talk about what to see and what to do once you’re there! I’ve linked most place names to Google Maps “pins” to help you plan your time in Rio. In no particular order, here are the […]

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Looking forward to November: energy, birthday and parties!

Yesterday we looked back on October, today we look forward to what November will bring! We’re still channeling Halloween here though, with a fancy dress party on Saturday. The Saturday after that there’s a big family party and at the end of the month I’m turning 27. With hopefully family comin’ in and friends comin’ […]

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What have I been up to? – October review

October was my first full month of being a PhD student! I obviously haven’t figured everything out (cue the dreaded “what’s your PhD about?” question) but I feel like I’m starting to get a hang of it. Read on for what I’ve learnt in the process, and please share what October meant to you in […]

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Happiness & success

Becoming a blogger: Developing blogging habits – or how to incorporate blogging into your life

Whether you’ve just created your website or you’ve been blogging for a while, developing certain habits will increase your chances of blogging success. Start working on the three following objectives, then pop back next week for a guide to coming up with ideas for blog posts and creating your editorial calendar. You’ll want to go […]

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Happiness & success

Becoming a blogger: How to create the website of your dreams

Create the blog of your dreams!

Hi everyone! I have been blogging for a year now, and self-hosting for a couple months. I thought it would be nice to take you on a little blogging journey with me, whether you’re just curious about what happens behind the scenes of a blog, or you’re thinking of starting your own. Not sure what […]

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Being good enough

Looking forward to October: diving in & enjoying the ride!

Looking forward to October

Tuesday we looked back on September, today we look forward to what October will bring! For me, this means trying to enjoy the changing colours and the run-up to Halloween, while working six days most weeks. It’s only a temporary arrangement while my job as a research assistant overlaps with my new role as a […]

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Looking back on September

September review

September brought its usual changes in the form of cold mornings and colourful leaves. It was also a big transition for me: I’ve started a PhD! Read on for other changes and constants; please share what September meant to you in the comments! This post contains Amazon affiliate links. I only recommend products that I […]

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Reading & randomness

Three ways to get into the mood for autumn

I was born in the south of France and often describe myself as a “Mediterranean baby”. I love swimming in the sea, sitting outside a coffee shop, and most of all, that feeling of sunshine warming my skin.   Fast-forward 26 years and I’m living in the UK, where September ain’t all sunny, but rather […]

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Food & fitness

Easy plant-based meals: three vegan breakfast recipes

Are you new to veganism? Or just trying to be healthier and do your little bit for the planet? Creating vegan meals can seem quite daunting at first: what do vegans actually eat? Do I need to stock up on quinoa and seaweed? Well, the answers to those questions are: more than you think and […]

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What’s coming up in September: blog posts & personal goals

What's coming up in September

Thank you to those who read Tuesday’s August recap. Today we look forward to the month ahead! While there aren’t any crunchy leaves underfoot just yet, the evenings are getting darker and there’s an autumnal chill in the air… For some reason I get really excited at this time of year. And now it’s intensified […]

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What I’ve been up to in August

What have been up to in August?

August flashed past, and now I feel quite “in between”. We escaped to Mykonos and Santorini at the start of the month (more information on our holiday and recommendations here). I miss swimming in the sea, but I’m also quite excited for the “back to school” season. Read on for what I’ve been up to […]

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People & places

Mykonos & Santorini: things to do (and not do)

Hello there! And sorry for being a bit quiet, I’ve been off to Greece from the 3rd to the 10th with the boyfriend, and then busy chilling the frick out (if that makes any sense). Read on to know what we got up to in Santorini and Mykonos, which destination was our favourite and how […]

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People & places

A guide to making the most of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – part one

Welcome to my first travel post – I chose to start with a place close to my heart: Rio de Janeiro! Many call Rio “the marvelous city” – even a short trip there will make it clear why! It offers a great combination of city and nature, with pockets of both calm and chaos. There […]

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What’s coming up in August

Thank you to those who read yesterday’s July recap. Today we’re looking forward to the month ahead! This post contains affiliate links (Amazon and Redbubble). I only recommend products and services that I like and either currently use or would use. By making a purchase, you support this blog: I earn a commission at no […]

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What have I been up to? – July 2017

As we were away for a week at the start of the month it seems like July has really sped past! Reflect with me on the month and share your July adventures/successes in the comments below. We were in Bordeaux from the 6th to the 13th for my mum’s birthday. The trip involved sleep-ins, sunburns (not […]

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Reading & randomness

This month’s simple treats

This simple treats post highlights a few tweeks I have made to make life run a little smoother, while also taking baby steps to reduce my impact on the environment. Reusable make-up removing pads While this doesn’t seem like a “treat” in the usual sense of the term, I am framing it that way because […]

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Happiness & success

How to do a digital detox: 5 steps to sanity

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master” – does that saying resonate with you? Do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through social media sites or apps? Are you overwhelmed by all the emails that clutter up your inbox? Do you claim to not have enough time to pursue big goals or to relax […]

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What’s coming up in July

Hello, hello! I won’t make the same mistake I made in June by over-promising posts and then struggling to get them out before the end of the month. In July I will be typing up guides to making the most of Rio de Janeiro and to giving yourself a digital detox, as well as writing […]

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What have I been up to? – June 2017

Despite what the grey skies out of my window imply, it’s already the end of June! Look back with me on the month and share your June adventures/successes in the comments below. The big news for me this month was being offered a full studentship to do a PhD at the University of Reading! I’m […]

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Happiness & success

Five simple ways to make the most of your summer

Do you feel like time is speeding past and you’re missing out on summer fun? Then read on for how to feel more “summery” and how to plan your next adventure (hint: it’s simpler than you think)! Enjoy the sunshine Stop looking at your friends’ sunset pictures on Instagram, head outside and go enjoy the […]

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Food & fitness

Challenge yourself physically: six ideas to spice things up and get moving!

Do your New Year’s resolutions to be a healthier you seem long gone now? Or do you struggle to set fitness goals in the first place? Read on for a few ideas to get out of your comfort zone and to challenge yourself physically. Your body (and mind!) will thank you for it! Focused challenges […]

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Hello June & website launch giveaway!

This month is a big one for me as I transition my blog from WordPress.com to self-hosting (with Bluehost) here at www.jessicagoodenough.com! For those who are interested in this kind of thing I may at some point do a “behind the scenes” post on the process of blogging and the things you need to set […]

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What have I been up to? May 2017

Welcome to June! Read on for my monthly recap of what I’ve been doing / reading / eating / being grateful for! May kicked off with my first Oxford May Morning – I may be a morning person, but that was definitely too early for me not to be grumpy! Another first for me this month […]

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Happiness & success

Six ways to fall in love with where you live

Six ways to fall in love with where you live

Whether you’ve just moved to a new town/city or have been living in the same place for a while, there are a few things you can do to feel (re)enchanted with where you live. Between bank holidays and the days getting longer, this is a great time to spice things up in your relationship with your surroundings. Read on for a few ideas and then share your own in the comments!

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What have I been up to? April 2017

Welcome to May! Hopefully the start of this new month means that there’s many sunny days ahead… But in the meantime, a “quick” look back at April! I gave a nerve-wracking presentation at the Trees, People and the Built Environment conference on the 5th, and rolled my ankle leaving the venue (the University of Birmingham) […]

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Food & fitness

Fuel your day: refreshing berries, carrot & greens smoothie

Here’s the second recipe in the fuel your day series: it’s another smoothie and it stems from the desire for something refreshing after experiencing post-Easter-chocolate-overdose-nausea! Read on for how to make this easy healthy smoothie… Ingredients: Half a cup’s worth of berries (around 125ml) – I buy frozen berries to be able to enjoy them […]

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What have I been up to? March 2017

Time for my March monthly recap – read on for lots of lists! Please share what you have been up to this month in the comments. I spent the first third of the month alone in the flat as my hairier half was away, which was quite a strange experience. One of the positives is […]

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Food & fitness

Fuel your day: coffee, oats & banana smoothie

Hello everyone! I have been thinking of sharing yummy-healthy plant-based recipes for a while so… Here’s my first shot at it. There will probably be other ‘fuel your day‘ posts so keep your eyes peeled! A while ago I walked past a sign advertising coffee and oats smoothies outside a well-known coffee chain; and as […]

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Common good

Celebrate women, but remember to respect them too

Confused? Here are ten easy steps. (Trigger warning: some people might find some of the content in this post difficult.) Protect yourself Stop consuming toxic information. Don’t buy magazines that compare women’s levels of cellulite, then advertise pills and creams to make you skinnier. Skip songs where so-called artists label women whores and bitches and glorify assault. Unfollow […]

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Being good enough

What have I been up to? February 2017

February really sped by! But it’s time for my monthly recap again… So here goes! Goals Apply for at least three scholarships / sources of funding – not so much Book flights for summer in Bordeaux – done 26/02/17 Post at least once a week on blog – not at all Wins and accomplishments Embracing […]

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What have I been up to? – January 2017

I can’t believe January’s behind us – eek! Anyway, read on for my monthly check-in on what I’ve been up to. Despite the cold weather and political turmoil, January has been a rather good month for me. I like to use a review system close to Jeff Sanders‘s to track my progress. So here are my goals, wins, […]

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Common good

Friday Five

Friday Five is your weekly list of things to check out while taking a break at work or enjoying a hot drink over the weekend. I hope the following links will make you think and/or smile!

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What have I been up to? – November 2016

These monthly posts are mainly an exercise to encourage myself to reflect on the past month and hold myself accountable. But if you are curious about what I have been up to, read on – and hopefully you might be encouraged to do something similar! The joy from spending time with people, especially outdoors, is […]

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Common good

Turn your anger into action

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a sexist, racist and generally horrid man has been elected president of the United States of America. This is bad. Very bad. I had to take quite a few deep breaths Wednesday morning and I don’t even live in the US. Everyone and anyone has voiced […]

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Happiness & success

Friday five: Fall in love with autumn!

My last top five article was well received, so here’s a shorter and sweeter list of ideas you can implement this weekend! Just keep brambling… The time is now to enjoy the last few blackberries (their name is still up for debate: my mum and I refer to the fruit as brambles). Keep your eye out for them […]

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Common good

Five ways to reduce your environmental footprint AND enhance your lifestyle

A couple weeks ago I read an article called “5 easy ways to help fight climate change without changing your lifestyle“. There are several good ideas – I particularly like the meatless Monday one – and it got me thinking about other steps that can help reducing one’s environmental footprint while also making life more enjoyable. Read on for […]

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Happiness & success

Waiting… We’re just not that good at it anymore

If you also have a blog with WordPress, you might have heard of their daily prompts: one-word tidbits of inspiration to help you fight writer’s block (blogger’s block?). Today’s prompt is waiting (click to see what others are writing on the topic!). Waiting… It’s just something we aren’t very good at anymore. As a child of the […]

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Common good

Trump & Co.: go take a walk

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few days, you probably know that Donald Trump has attracted a lot of controversy (and rightly so!) for vile things he has said about women. But in case you missed it, the object of the media frenzy is a video from 2005 that was shared by […]

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Common good

Three resources to start thinking critically about your lifestyle choices

I am currently being quite intentional about the information I consume: no more aimless scrolling down my Facebook or Twitter feeds waiting for my time to be clickbaited away. Instead I am doing things like listening to podcasts on a daily basis and reading at least a chapter a day. I choose to listen to podcasts about personal development, entrepreneurship […]

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Common good

Potential for citizen science initiatives in Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to my blog! I am not yet sure which direction it will head in, but this is what has been on my mind recently. Earlier this month I attended a one-day conference about “Enthusiasm for Citizen Science: Taking stock of motivations, costs and benefits” at the University of Reading. First of all, I would like […]

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