My Shop Is Live!

Is it possible to be dead and alive at the same time?     This is the question I find myself asking myself (because we’re all totally guilty of talking to ourselves amirite?) as I lay in the bath soaking away the stress of a weeks worth of 2am bedtimes, and as I lay there […]

An Ode To Blogger Boyfriends

We don’t take advantage of you as much as the internet says we do but you are our handbag-holding, angle-finding photo-taking saviours. You’re more than an assistant but do way less work than a business partner. You listen to us talk about flat lays, SEO, WordPress themes, helpful plugins and ERMAGEEEEHD SO AND SO JUST LEFT […]

Get Ready…

“2017 is going to be my year” Is a sentence I’ve muttered to myself more over these past twelve days than I should probably admit. But 2017 is already off to a pretty solid start so I really don’t care how cliche I am. I spent the first week of the year bed-bound and full of flu which […]

My First Tattoo

Think before you ink.     It’s a mantra I have been repeating to myself for years. Not because I’m particularly afraid of committing to having something which will be on me for the rest of my life, but more because when you choose to get something which will be on you for the rest […]

A New Year

  As the car door slammed and the stones grinded beneath my feet as I made my way out of the carpark I took a deep breath. For today was the day I would finally make it to the top of Kingley Vale.   I probably should have picked a better day for it to […]

Focus

As I sit here writing this I’m laying on my bed cocooned in a duvet burrito and a feeling of utter bliss. There will be no pictures of that because with the exception of all the fucking swearing I do, this is a (relatively) family friendly blog, but the reason for those happy feelings of contentedness is not because […]

Perception

Perception is a funny thing. If you’re new here you may have missed this post which I wrote back when it wasn’t minus ridiculous degrees. If you don’t have time to read it, it was a personal post I wrote about being vulnerable, growing up and the emotions which accompany both and I honestly didn’t expect […]

Body Confidence

Words can heal, words can inspire, words can defend, and words can unite. But when the words you are hearing are; “You alright there fried eggs” “You’d look so pretty if you didn’t have that wonky tooth” “Wheyyy, check out those thunder thighs” Words can hurt. Words hurt so much more than people realise, and […]

Back In Bangkok

  From the moment my feet stepped outside of the airport doors I knew I was in trouble. The sound of traffic grew louder, the smell of hot concrete grew stronger and the familiar heat swaddled me in its ever-sticky embrace. I had landed in Bangkok and I was in trouble because in mere minutes […]

When Are You Having Kids?

If I had a pound for every time somebody asked me when I was going to have children, I’d have enough money to settle the lawsuits which came from stitching their mouths shut. It’s a funny old question isn’t it? One that seems harmless enough yet is such a personal pry into somebody’s life. I […]

Growing Up

Growing up is difficult, because it’s so easy to let other people dictate who you are.     Growing up I was always told that I was “too” much. I was “too loud”, “too muscly”, “too opinionated”, ‘too confident”. Basically I was “too” anything if I had a characteristic that another person didn’t like, and for an […]

Why ‘Toothbrush Travels’?

If you’re reading this and you write a blog then you already know that naming a blog is bladdy difficult… But if you’re reading this as somebody who doesn’t blog, then I’m going to tell you this: Naming a blog is harder than naming a baby. I know, I know, bold claim. The thing is, when […]

Three Year Bloggiversary

If you told me three years ago that I’d be able to sit here and say “HEY YOU GUYS TODAY IS MY THREE YEAR BLOGGIVERSARY!” I’d tell you you were mad and then laugh you out of the room because everybody who knew me knows that my interests used to change quicker than the English weather. Yet […]

100 Points of Happy

As I was driving to work today, all happy, singing along to my favourite tunes on the radio, I realised that it’s so easy to get consumed by all of the negativity in the world (for example people whom drive 20mph in a 50 *SMH*) and negativity is shared so often that sometimes it can be […]

Why So Smear-ious?

Time flies doesn’t it? I mean one minute you’re going to school with your skirt folded over itself like fifteen times so that it doesn’t reach your knees and you’re wearing footless tights (because hahahah who actually wore leggings back then) and your eyes are covered in ALL the Barry M dazzle dust, and then […]

Chance And Courage

Everything goes through a cycle of life; relationships, humans and jobs. And a natural stage of the cycle of life is the end. If you’re a regular reader of Toothbrush Travels you may remember that in this post I mentioned that I handed in my resignation at work, and on the 26th of February I walked out […]

Trust

It’s incredibly hard to trust yourself.     So often your instinct will tell you something far before it actually turns into a reality, yet so many of us struggle to listen to ourselves and trust that what our instinct is saying is a direct correlation of what we are feeling. So often we wait for physical confirmation of […]

Sometimes Labels Are Important

  Every year at Christmas the blogosphere goes crazy. Webpages are filled with Christmas baking inspiration, Christmas markets, Christmas gift guides and Pinterest blows up with a great big puff of icing sugar. Then come January everybody wants to tell you about what they got for Christmas, which is fine, but not something I like to personally […]

Seven

When I woke up this morning I planned to write a post about our winter escape. I planned to write about the purity of snow. I planned to write about ice-caves and skiing and the crunch that accompanies each snowy footstep. But then I went to work. And I had a manic (and not in […]

New Beginnings

Last month I promised an announcement on my birthday. As you can probably tell… I’m not the most punctual person when it comes to my blog, because my birthday was on the 27th and that date has been and gone and there has been no declaration of exciting news, and for that darling blog readers, […]

Renewed

Sometimes things change before you even realise.   I was adding category tags to my old posts just now when I stumbled across this post. It was only 8 months ago but I can still remember how totally and utterly defeated I felt at the time of writing it. I knew I needed to make changes, I […]