Overnight oats: countless combinations to try

Posted in Food
on November 21, 2017

I used to hate the idea of overnight oats. I thought they’d just be horrible, cold, soggy, mush in the morning. I was so wrong! They’re now my favourite thing to have for breakfast. I love to make a big batch of oats to last me a few days, and it saves so much effort in the morning which is great because I am NOT a morning person!

I wanted to share my favourite combinations of ingredients to make great overnight oats, but I never follow a recipe, so it’s more of a ‘chuck everything in, hope for the best’ situation. Hope that’s cool with you.

I’ve included approximate measurements next to each ingredient but, like I said, I never measure or use a recipe, so it’s just down to you and how much of each ingredient you think you’ll like. Continue reading

How to care for someone with depression

Posted in Wellbeing
on November 19, 2017

Depression is an absolute horror of an illness. 1 in 4 of you will know that first hand. I want to talk about it. A lot.

It’s terribly sad to read the stories of sufferers on blogs and social media; although it is encouraging that people feel they can safely share these stories to reach out for themselves, and to help others.

I know that it’s also incredibly difficult to watch someone you care about struggle, and fight, and give in, and come back with depression on a daily basis. We all need a support network from time to time, to help us through the difficulties that life can bring; however, that is especially true of someone with a depressive illness. But, how do you actually go about creating that supportive atmosphere for someone?

It can be difficult to know what to do for the best.

Therefore, I’ve compiled a few things I’ve learned about trying to help someone with depression, in the hope that it might help some of you, too.  Continue reading

CV, cover letters and applications: help from a real HR Professional.

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 16, 2017

Something a bit different for you, today.

There’s no doubt about it….the job market is a bit confusing and frustrating atm. I know, for a lot of people, even applying for jobs can feel like a bit of a stab in the dark. And, actually, how are you even supposed to get to interview stage if there are like 7585949 people applying for 1 job?

 

I’m excited to have Sophie as a guest on The North Left today! She’s a very experienced HR professional, who has helpfully provided honest answers to some common questions all about writing CVs, cover letters, and applications.

Sophie has amassed experience in her professional life of all things HR, including recruitment, and is an expert on employment law, so she’s an absolute gem of a person to know if I have a question about anything work-related.

My personal highlight from this is learning about the ‘anchorman’ test. Truly excellent.


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