Running the Paris Marathon

Forget hop-on-hop-off bus tours. What’s the best way to see a city? To run it, of course!

After a year of planning and months of training, I ran my first marathon in Paris on April 8th 2018. It was an exhilarating adventure, culminating in the best race I could have ever have wished for.

Here is my race recap of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris; something I wanted to do to ‘tick off the bucket list’, but has in fact ignited a passion for endurance running.

The Hardest Part Is Getting Started

Too often, we say NO to opportunities that come our way. Nestled in our comfort zone, cocooned in our safe place, life can pass us by without us giving it a second’s thought.

But what happens if we say YES, and push ourselves?

I’m sharing how I overcame my anxiety of group fitness classes and how it has inspired me to say YES more often, nudging me to try experiences that I would usually talk myself out of…

Marathon Training: Onset of Maranoia

Running a marathon for the first time in a couple of weeks? Have mad anxiety about the most inconsequential things? Paranoid about finishing? Wondering if you've done enough? 

It's probably maranoia (marathon paranoia), and it is perfectly normal after all the hard months of training!

March {Loves}

March 2018 will forever be remembered as the month that spring didn't spring and we were instead treated to one final laugh from winter: the so-called 'Beast from the East'.

That didn't dampen our spirits though! March was a jam-packed month of fun, travels and trips.

How To Spend A Weekend In Nuremberg

Fresh back from a weekend in Nuremberg and I don't think there are sufficient adjectives in my vocabulary to express how much this city captured my heart {but I'll give it a good try, anyway!}.

It might seem quite a random choice over the more popular German destinations of Berlin, Hamburg or Munich, but for the first time since getting married and having children I was going to be travelling alone. I fancied somewhere that ticked all my boxes: cultural, historical, beautiful and with great food and coffee - but with the added bonus of being safe and easily navigable. My weekend in Nuremberg {or Nürnberg to the locals} offered all of the above but with an extra shot of unexpected cool.   

February {Loves}

A round up post of what we've been up to in February as a family, including my controversial thoughts on The Greatest Showman and highlighting that my three children do indeed have a better social life than me!

Why The Michelberger Hotel is the Coolest Place to Stay in Berlin

Berlin pulsates a understated coolness unparalleled by any other city on earth.

It's no secret that Berlin holds the keys to my heart. I was born and brought up in the city, and try and head back at least once a year to get my fix. What can I say? I'm a Berlin junkie.

On our most recent trip, we stayed at The Michelberger Hotel and I've got to say - it's the hippest hotel in Berlin, by far.

January {Loves}

Unlike the majority of the population, I usually look forward to January. If a month could be introverted, it would be January, wouldn't it? A month of quiet reflection and fresh starts.

It usually indicates a trip to Germany in the Sharples household. This year was no exception, and we duly headed off to Berlin a couple of weeks into January for my annual pilgrimage to the motherland.

But, I can't help but feel... well, a bit flat, to be honest with you. 

An Intentional Valentine's Day

We've always been one of those couples who proclaim that we don't need a clichéd Hallmark-card day of flowers and chocolates to profess our love for each other. After all, love is shown in the little things, isn't it? A cup of tea brought to you in bed in the morning. A foot rub after a hard day. Taking the bins out, even.

But as time goes on, you realise that time has indeed gone on

Top 5 Things to Do in Hamburg

Top 5 things to do on a short weekend trip to Hamburg, Germany as a couple.

Hamburg is ideal for a city weekend break from the UK, with the flight from London Stansted taking around an hour and a quick hop on the train from the airport to the city centre Hauptbahnhof taking around half an hour and costing 3€.

Often overlooked in favour of Germany's inimitably cool capital, Berlin, Hamburg has shaken off the seedy reputation of old and has reemerged as a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination. It is fairly navigable by foot, although it is well-served by the S- and U-bahn public transport systems.

Blogging Adventures // Three Months

My blog has survived three months of life.

Or, rather, you have survived three months of my ramblings.

That's quite a feat!

If you've followed from the beginning, you'll know I was unsure about whether I was doing the right thing.

Who would read it? Why would they be interested in what I have to say?

But read it, they did.

The Purse Chronicles

I was 16 when I gained my first paid employment: a Saturday job at Moss Bros flogging YSL and Balmain suits to middle-aged men for £2.50 an hour and 0.5% commission. My velcro-tabbed Kickers wallet I’d had since my early teens didn’t befit this new status I’d acquired, as an employee, and so with my very first pay packet I ventured to Next in search of a new, grown-up receptacle of my hard-earned pennies. 

December {Loves}

Let's see how far I can get with this post without mentioning the elephant in the room, shall we?!

We've had plenty to celebrate in December with the month kicking off with a special little lady's 4th birthday. How can Sophia be 4 already? She had a wonderful day, topped off with a tea party with her friends.