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November 19, 2020

View this post on Instagram A post shared by OUTSIDER [Sophie McKeand] (@sophiemckeand_outsider) A old poem and one I’ve been thinking about a lot this past month. Also wanted to do something to celebrate finishing this beautiful jumper: pattern by @camillavaddk. #feminism …

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Inter-species zero-waste kitchen

November 8, 2020

This is a lengthy heading! But it’s explains what I’m doing so I’m gonna stick with it. If you’re thinking of switching to home-cooked food for your hound(s) the most difficult aspect is probably finding the time. Part of our slow-living vanlife is that I have more headspace for things like this, but I still don’t to want to spend all my days cooking. I’ve found the easiest way is for us all to eat different variations of the same food…

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creating family feature feminism poetry

On histories and storytelling

November 6, 2020

View this post on Instagram I’ve been working on letting go of expectation, both my own, and the expectations of others. Sometimes I get lost in all the rushing and the fuss and forget that a huge part of slowing down and minimising our lives was that I have the time and space to create exactly what I want, how I want, without worrying about how it’s received or having eleventybillionlikes. This online space, and the OUTSIDER blog were always…

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Taking it slow together

October 26, 2020

When all’s said and done living together in a small space will only work if you both practice acceptance – of the self, and each other. You need to grow a deeper awareness of your own faults, and perhaps less of an awareness of your partner’s 😂. These days, arguments are short, sometimes sharp, always forgotten quickly. We’ve learned to move in synch, although this does mean that we manage #accidentalcouplewear more often than we’d like to admit.A old African…

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Breaking it down

October 24, 2020

Lazy van mornings. Cooking breakfast for the hounds. Being back in Wales is making lockdown more real, perhaps because we’re more tuned into the cultural thinking here. Half of me feels totally disassociated from it all, the other half feels as if I’m absorbing too much of the worry and the anger and the stress. This can lead to catastrophising about future things I have no control over. When this happens I have a series of questions to ask myself:…

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What am I aiming for?

October 21, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what kind of artist I am. Which seems ridiculous really – I’m a poet and novelist, a writer. But part of this is understanding how I network (fyi- I don’t); how I cope with rejection, and success; and also who engages with my work, who likes and feels an affinity with what I do.Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in chasing other people’s dreams of success without really questioning why I’m doing it,…

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Keep on failing

October 9, 2020

I spent hours yesterday evening starting this jumper and then before bed, I unravelled it all. I know where I went wrong, and expected it to be difficult as this is teaching me a number of techniques I haven’t used before. I’ve learned to build a few false starts into a new project like this so I don’t get too disappointed.Failure is such an important part of creation, it allows us to ask questions without knowing what the answers will…

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On boundaries and saying no

October 8, 2020

Kit: gimme the stick. Bonnie: nope. Have you ever stopped yourself in the middle of a situation and just asked: what do I want from this? It’s only in recent years I’ve become comfortable with putting boundaries in place, with saying no, but also saying ‘I want that’ and learning to be ok with the outcome whether I get what I want or not. The point is I’m not sure I ever used to ask myself what I really wanted,…

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What’s the use in worrying?

October 6, 2020

I worry. All the time. That I’m not doing enough. Or that my output is too much and off-putting to some. I worry that if I post too much on Instagram people won’t take my novels seriously. I worry that when people like my food posts and say I should do a recipe book that they think my writing is no good and I should stick to cooking. I worry that when people say they love my vanlife posts it…

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The 30 days of books challenge

September 3, 2020

Back from mainland Europe, in quarantine for 14 days. Decided to set a #30daysofbooks challenge over in my Instastories to keep the inspirstion flowing when I can’t get outdoors. If you fancy joining in, tag me and I’ll share yours too. 🧡🧡🧡 #booklover #bookstagram #poetlife #homeiswhereyouparkit #quarantine…

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