Top 10 Quarantine Songs

So, I was mooching around, looking for some inspiration, and I came across’s post, Ten Songs I Am Loving Right Now. I enjoyed reading it so much that I decided to write my own version – Top 10 Quarantine Songs.

At the moment, I am working from home and listening to music as I work, mainly on Spotify and Radio X; in particular, Chris Moyles, Toby Tarrant, and Dan O’Connell. I love Radio X as it plays my kind of music, which is indie/alternative/classic rock. I am pretty clueless when it comes to current, Top 40 music, and have a tried and tested approach to music – I listen to what I love and love what I listen to.

1. Dakota – Stereophonics – this is an amazing tune, and one of the best from the band. I have been to see Stereophonics in concert four times, and this song is generally the highlight of the show.

2. You Stole the Sun from my Heart – Manic Street Preachers – there was a time when I thought the Manics were pretty depressing, but they really aren’t. They have definitely grown on me in recent years, and this is one of my favourites. I love the intro. It’s so jangly and upbeat.

3. You & Me Song – The Wannadies – I came into my own in the late 90’s and this is an anthem of the era. I remember dancing to this with my best friend in the indie club we went to, back in the day, singing to each other as we danced. Happy memories.

4. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi – I just love this song. Whenever I hear the intro, I just want to get a shaggy ‘do, grab my air guitar, and rock out! It’s ace.

5. Now That I Found You – Liam Gallagher – a current song! I really like this, and find it so uplifting and, shall I say it, anthem-y. Liam is a bit of an idiot at times, but this is great. Who needs Noel?!

6. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen – one of the best by this amazing band. Freddie’s vocals are spine-tingling, and I love to belt this out (in private), especially when I’ve had a few shandies.

7. Piano Man – Billy Joel – I don’t mind saying that I am a huge Billy Joel fan. My dad used to play his music all the time when I was a kid, and I know most of his songs off-by-heart. Piano Man is an absolute belter.

8. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse – Amy was such a huge talent and her candle was snuffed our far too soon. This song is particularly relatable for me and, although the memories no longer hurt, I still love the lyrics as, at one point, they really spoke to me.

9. Pinball Wizard – The Who – The Who are rock ‘n’ roll legends and I’d have loved to see the original line-up live, back in the day. And while I’m definitely not old enough to have been around back then, that doesn’t mean I can’t love the music.

10. High Hopes – Kodaline – I came across this band purely by accident, when I saw the advert for their first album, liked one of the songs, and decided to purchase it (yup, on CD!) This song is amazing; I love the soaring chorus, and the video is so melancholically beautiful and tells a tragic love story.

April Goals

Well, I haven’t written one of these posts in such a long time. Also, I’m aware I am a couple of days late, but are there really any rules when it comes to writing your own blog? Nope.

So, here goes. I’m not really sure what goals I have at the moment; everything is so up-in-the-air. A month ago, I thought the coronavirus scare was a huge overreaction, but now: well, now, I’m working from home, I refused to go for a walk with my mum last weekend because I worry about passing something on to her, I left the house briefly on Monday to get milk, and was so traumatised by my visit to the local shop that I don’t think I ever want to venture there again! Oh, and I woke up at 2.30am this morning and decided to do an online shop; there were actually free slots!

Of course, things could change very soon, or they might not. Nobody really knows yet, but people are growing tired of staying at home, especially as the weather improves. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I’ve been self-isolating for a while now, and my ambition has always been to work from home. So this is actually quite like a dream come true, apart from the fact that people are dying, which I never wished for.

Every day, we hear new coronavirus stories; people struck down, people in hospital, people dying. Only last week, a man who lived on my estate died, and he was only in his late 40’s. It’s a scary time, yet many people don’t seem to be taking it very seriously. I see more and more people out and about, walking past my house. Of course, there are no laws against exercising, but my neighbours are letting their teenagers out with their friends, or inviting visitors in; standing outside their houses, talking to friends, or sunbathing in parks. Now, I know I’m not self-isolating and avoiding interaction with my family for nothing, yet others don’t seem to care.

In all honesty, the goals I have for the coming month are simple. To stay healthy. To protect my family by staying at home. To get from one day to the next without losing my mind. To carry on writing and expressing my emotions creatively. And to hopefully see the back of this virus, or at least the severity of it, by the end of the month.

Fingers crossed. Stay safe. ❤️

Book Review: Cujo by Stephen King

During my young teen years, when my reading taste was moving on from my staple animal stories to literature of a more adult persuasion, I devoured the majority of the horror books in my local library, most notably Stephen King, James Herbert, and Peter Straub. I loved those old books, and treasured my battered, second-hand copies of Christine, IT, The Rats, etc.

I might have to review that Top 3 now.

Weirdly enough, however, I never read Cujo. I saw the film; I think everyone from my era saw and were slightly traumatised by the film. But I never read the book, a fact I only alighted on last week when I read a post on Facebook about favourite Stephen King novels (at the time, The Shining, Misery, and The Green Mile).

Upon realising that I hadn’t read Cujo, I logged straight onto Amazon and ordered a used copy. It arrived last week, and I started reading it on Tuesday.


Cujo is a huge St. Bernard dog, weighing in at nearly two hundred pounds, but the softest and sweetest dog ever. He is adored by his owner, ten year-old Brett Camber, son of mechanic, Joe Camber, and Cujo, in turn, adores his BOY.

One day, while out chasing rabbits, Cujo unearths a hole in the ground which is, unfortunately, home to a colony of rabid bats. Sadly, he gets bitten, and from then on, his story takes a downward turn.

As the huge dog, formerly such a good boy, slowly deteriorates, life goes on in the town of Castle Rock. Vic and Donna’s marriage hits a rough patch when her infidelity is brought to his attention in a brutally honest letter, and, struggling to cope, he leaves town on a business trip. Left at home with their five-year-old son, Tad, Donna is racked with guilt, but attempts to soldier on. She is having trouble with her car and decides to, along with Tad, drive up to Camber’s farm to get it fixed.

Unbeknownst to her, the Camber’s dog, Cujo, has gone on a murderous rampage, killing anyone in his path, and Donna and Tad are next on his hit list. Trapped for three days in Donna’s broken-down car with a rabid dog standing guard outside, waiting to rip them apart, Donna and Tad have to fight for survival, and many lives are about to be changed.

Sounds terrifying? This book really is, but it is not all blood and gore. King weaves a story of horror combined with family issues, work problems, and revenge. He knows how to delve deep and really create his characters, giving the reader a huge insight into their persona, their feelings, and their life. As a result, you truly begin to know them.

I have to admit, although Cujo becomes a vicious killer, I actually felt pity for him throughout the book. He was an innocent bystander, caught up in something he had no control over, and the way King describes the dog’s thought processes as the story progresses is nothing short of genius. He creates a killer, but also explains in no uncertain terms that Cujo is a well-loved, soft-natured, good boy who is as much a victim as his victims.

As an animal lover, I thought I would find this book difficult to read, but Cujo’s plight is dealt with sensitively, and by the end of the book, you want him to be killed, just to put him out of his obvious misery. The story also highlights rabies, which is a real threat in some countries and should be brought to peoples attention.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads. Highly recommended.

Book Review: Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas

I haven’t read this genre for such a long time, but decided I fancied a change from psychological thrillers when I spotted the book on sale in ASDA.

Izzy White finds herself in danger one evening when, while walking home from work, she is confronted by an assailant after she goes to the aid of an injured prostitute. The notorious and wildly attractive Theo Kane swoops to her rescue, and the flame of attraction between them is instant.

The story begins so promisingly, although a little far-fetched, with the swoon-worthy Theo basically stalking Izzy both at home and in Las Vegas, when she jets off on a girls holiday with her friend and roommate Jess. He appears to be utterly obsessed with Izzy, and the feeling is mutual.

But Theo has issues. He cannot handle being touched after a traumatic childhood filled with abuse at the hands of his father. Izzy, in her turn, is recovering from a rape ten years earlier. Although they both want to be together, neither is willing to confront their demons and give their relationship a real chance.

From here, things get increasingly messy, and Theo becomes a bit of a liability, in all honesty. First of all, Izzy loses her job and the respect of her manager, after Theo loses his temper catastrophically at the hospital. Then, he (unwittingly, I might add) invites her rapist to his club to incite a reaction from her. When this plan fails drastically, he punches her in the face when she unexpectedly touches him.

This in itself is bad enough. But it gets worse. Instead of apologising, he goes on to kill her rapist after beating him to a pulp.

It doesn’t stop there. When Izzy needs him the most, he takes the self-pitying route and does a runner!

Of course, there is a happy ending, but the ridiculousness of the plot lead to the 3-star review. Other than that, it is well-written and will probably appeal to fans of the genre.

Personally, I was also hoping for better sex scenes. While being restrained is hot, a lack of foreplay isn’t! But that’s just me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I am BACK!!!

Hellooooo! Remember me? I’m back, at last! Yes, I know. You thought I’d disappeared for good. To be honest, so did I. I completely lost my writing mojo for a while back there.

When you last encountered me, I was attempting to get my life coaching business off the ground. At first, I was extremely enthusiastic and raring to go. But it is so easy to become disillusioned when faced with obstacle after obstacle. As I currently work Monday – Friday at my day job, it is difficult to find the time to commit to anything else, and what I assumed would be fantastic turned out to be a flash in the pan.

I still want to be a freelancer though, and it took eight months of soul searching to finally settle on my future career.

Meet Jo Sexton – Proofreader and Copy-editor.

If you need a proofreader, I’m your girl. My website is currently under construction and I’m extremely excited about this. I have oodles of experience and am very meticulous and passionate about proofreading.

I will share the link to my website once it is up-and-running.

Happy Friday!


First of all, I just want to thank those of you who took the time to read/like/comment on my weekend post. I wasn’t in a good place at the time and needed to get a lot of frustration off my chest. Afterwards, I did consider deleting it on more than one occasion – I wasn’t sure if I explained fully how I was feeling, or even why I was feeling the way I did. In hindsight, I thought that it would seem a little trivial to those of you who are depressed for real, authentic reasons. But then I realised – when you suffer from clinical depression, anything can be a trigger, no matter how big or small. Nobody was going to judge me on that.

For me in this case, it is a result of working my heart and soul out for a company that takes me for granted, and will continue taking me for granted until I decide enough is enough. My problem, or my greatest asset, whichever way you want to look at it, is that I pride myself on doing the very best I can, whether I am happy or not. If I have a job to do, I will knuckle down and get it done. And that is where I have gone wrong with this company – they are taking advantage of my work ethic rather than awarding me for it.

So I need to leave and take my loyalty and my integrity elsewhere.

Of course, it isn’t that easy. I can’t wake up one morning and think, “sod it, I’m not going back”, much as I’d like to. I have bills to pay and mouths to feed.

So my only other option is to find another job. Easier said than done, but I will persevere. They won’t break me.

I just need to be careful that I don’t break me.

Happy Monday! 💙

April Overview

I’ve literally just realised that it is well into May and that I am overdue posting a round-up of my achievements in April.

This is probably going to be a short post as I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything. It’s just been one of those really busy months where you don’t actually do anything of real merit, but it has exhausted you anyway.

Plus, I haven’t been posting very much recently. Work is crazy and my head just hasn’t been in a happy, blogging place.

But I’ve been here before, and my monthly overviews generally help me to realise that my life has actually been progressing more than I initially thought. (I hope!)

So, here goes..

Recent achievements

  • My new website for my life coaching business is up-and-running and I have even posted some stuff. Only problem is, I have 1 subscriber so far, and literally no traffic. It is becoming a little disheartening and I’m not too sure what to do next. It is so easy to just give up, but I want this! My life is pretty jam-packed right now and I need the time and motivation to grab it by the balls and run with it. So this will be one of my goals.. if you fancy taking a look, you can find it over at
  • Girly alert! I decided to get eyelash extensions, which I think is the most girly thing I have ever done. I’m one of those girls (women) who has a standard look – a bit of liquid eyeliner, concealer and mascara, and if I’m happy with it, I’m ready to go. My eyelashes though are really fine, and without mascara can look virtually invisible. I can’t apply fake eyelashes for love or money, but wanted to make my life a little bit easier, and also treat myself. Ok, so they aren’t cheap but they do look lovely. For once, I can wake up and be ready to go!!
  • I painted my bedroom!! I find decorating to be a massive chore and have held off on painting my bedroom and the spare room. To be honest, I couldn’t really be bothered, and not many people see them so I didn’t see the point. But I had a tin of white emulsion left over from painting my son’s ceiling, and I just went for it one weekend. Looks miles better. Need some nice accessories now.
  • I had a week off from work. Yay! This was an achievement because work is pretty hellish right now, and any time away from the place is a massive bonus to life in general, and also my mental health. I am becoming a little stressed out with it all. 😔

Told you. Not many achievements. I’m exhausted a lot of the time toiling away at a job I am beginning to hate, and I can’t see a respite in the near future.

But, let’s try to remain positive!

Goals for May

  1. I need to seriously look at my future with regards to my career. I can’t carry on working my backside off in a dead end job, so it is time to get off said backside and do something about it.
  2. I need to start working on my business and taking it seriously. I know it’s going to be hard work getting it off the ground, so I need to look at reducing some of my commitments. The only commitment I want to reduce is my job. So I’m in a bit of a predicament!
  3. Work on my website, IG and Facebook pages. I spend loads of time on my recreational Facebook pages but I need to concentrate on the stuff that I am hoping will make me money! Yeah, it’s fun to write poetry and post pretty pictures, but it ain’t making me a living! Sadly.
  4. Complete my coaching courses. Another thing I have fallen behind on. Once completed, I have been considering doing a course in business, so I know how to run one!
  5. Catch up with my friends. I’m feeling pretty social this month so have been arranging days and nights out with my closest pals. All work and no play makes Jo a dull girl!
  6. Post more on my blog! Goes without saying really, but with all of the above, will I really have the time?! 🤔

So, lots to do! Let’s hope my overview for May is more positive!

Have a fab weekend!

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1

Day 1

Thank you to my blogging friend, Earthwalking, for nominating me for the “Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.” I would highly recommend checking out his blog as it really is gorgeous.

Here are the Rules:

1 Thank the person who nominated you.

2 Post a quote for three consecutive days.

3 Nominate three bloggers for each post.

And the Quote:

I love this quote. I think it describes very simply yet perfectly what happiness is.

If you are familiar with my blog, you may have read snippets about my struggle with clinical depression in my younger years. Nowadays, I strongly believe that happiness is all about positive thinking, and having the ability to believe that you are happy, no matter what your situation.

Easier said than done, I know, but your frame of mind does play a massive part in your mood patterns.

Check out my website for more inspiration.

And my Day 1 Nominees Are:

Laura Sharp


Thoughts of Adventure

Congrats to my nominees!  There is no timeline to respond, and you do not have to participate if you don’t want to, but you should check out these blogs.

March 5th Memories

Monday was a significant day for me, although I wish it wasn’t. Every year when March the 5th comes around, it reminds me of Him.

It the birthday of The One That Got Away.

Well, I say The One That Got Away, but what I really mean is The Bullet I Dodged.

Even though, I still think of him. But not in an I Wish You Were Mine kind of way. More a What Was I Thinking kind of way.

There is always The One that you fall for with your entire being, only for them to break your heart so completely that it will probably never heal again.

And even if it does, it will always have fault lines and missing pieces.

He was that person. I thought it was real love. I thought he was The One. But now I’ve come to my senses, I’m not sure what I was thinking.

I no longer miss him. I no longer want him back. I no longer think of him when I wake each morning, and last thing at night.

But he does still cross my mind, more often than I am comfortable with. I’m certainly not in love with him anymore. I liken it to an important lesson that changes your life forever, and which stays with you until you learn something new and just as important. Like figuring out algebra or something. Having my heart smashed into pieces by him has taught me the hardest lesson I have ever had to learn – that my low self-esteem has led me into situations I should never have even considered being involved in.

Now I’m learning to love myself instead of men who really aren’t worth my time and effort, I suppose it is only normal to mull over the mistakes I’ve made in the past, and the lessons I’ve learned.

That’s the only reason I still think about him. Because this heart is now closed. This heart is now healing.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

I am very excited to have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger award by the lovely Elisabeth. You can find her over at – check out her blog!

So, here’s what I have to do next..

The Rules for The Sunshine Blogger Award are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or in your blog.

My Nominations (in no particular order..)












Questions for Nominees

1. How did you choose your blog name?

2. What is your greatest ambition?

3. Where is the most exotic location you have travelled to?

4. What is your favourite book?

5. If you could be an animal for the day, what would it be?

6. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably?

7. What is your drink of choice?

8. Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to have lunch with?

9. What is your first childhood memory?

10. What is your favourite pizza topping?

11. Can money buy you happiness?

My Answers to Elisabeth’s Questions

1. What inspired you to start a blog?

I have always loved to write, but lack confidence in my own abilities. However, as writer is my career of choice, I decided I needed a platform to promote my writing abilities, boost my confidence, and also as a reason to write more. So here I am!

2. If you could do anything, what would you do?

If this is related to work, I would love to be a published author. I would also like to run an animal sanctuary and rescue ill-treated and abandoned animals.

3. Where is the favorite place you have ever been?

I really liked Santorini, although only visited briefly on a day trip from Crete. But my heart lies in Abersoch, Wales, where I spent a huge part of my childhood.

4. What is the worst purchase you have ever made?

Back in 2016, I was at a crossroads in my career path (still am) and I decided to invest in a freelance journalism course. After paying for it, I discovered I just didn’t have the time or energy to invest in the course, which involved pretending to actually be a journalist. This involved interviewing people, chasing up quotes, etc. As a single parent working five days a week, I struggled from the start to keep up with the in-depth assignments, and gave up halfway through. My heart wasn’t in it, and I wish I’d thought properly about my circumstances before I enrolled on and committed to the course. Silly me.

5. What is the most interesting thing you have read or seen this week?

I just started reading Hide and Seek by Richard Jay Parker. Seems pretty gripping. I also watched the movie mother! with Jennifer Lawrence at the weekend. I wouldn’t describe it as interesting. More mind-bogglingly weird.

6. Who are your favorite musicians?

At the moment, my playlist consists of U2, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, Stereophonics, The Beatles, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and The Who.

7. What is your favorite time of day?

I quite like early weekend mornings, when I can get up to a silent house and relax with a cup of tea and a book.

8. Coffee or tea? Why?

I prefer tea, because coffee gives me a headache. In all honesty, I’d love to be a dedicated coffee drinker, but I’m just not that into it.

9. What is your favorite animal and why?

I love all animals, but I would probably have to choose the cat. I can’t live without a cat in my life. I find them essential. They have all of the qualities that I admire in a friend – they are low-maintenance, cute to look at, and honest about their feelings. 💜

10. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Hopefully working as a writer, a proofreader, or a full-time blogger. But whatever I end up doing, I hope to be happy.

11. What is your silliest story?

Years ago, I challenged my sister to a Malteser eating match. We both bought a packet of Maltesers and had to see who could fit the most Maltesers into their mouths. My sister managed to fit around 10 into her mouth, but I won! I crammed all 18 Maltesers in the packet into my mouth. My jaw was stretched to its limits and I couldn’t chew, or even breath very well, afterwards. But I won. 😂