Hello, I’m Rowan


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Hello, I’m Rowan.

I’m a blogger, cat lover and book addict. I live in Brighton (well, Hove actually) with my husband and love of my life, He Who Shall Be Named (HWSNBN). He’s a neat-freak, I think life is too short to tidy when there are books to be read; but somehow we make it work. I am currently expecting a baby. I am a little bit excited about this.


This blog is my teeny tiny boat on the vast sea of the internet. I started this blog in 2008 because I was bored at work. Over time it’s metamorphosed into part therapy/part record of the important moments in my life from my wedding, to losing my best friend, from giving up my day job, to struggling with infertility. As a Virgo I am obsessed with ways to make my life easier, better and more fulfilling. I often set myself projects and blog about the results including trying 30 hair styles in 30 days to raise money for charity, writing a life list, and trying veganuary.

Books + weddings = yay

My dream is to one day own a library, but holding our wedding reception in a library will have to do for now.


In the ‘real’ world, I work as a counsellor and I love what I do. Through training and working as a counsellor I’ve learnt a lot about other people, but even more about myself. I am not perfect. I am flawed human being who fucks up a lot but I am still OK and if I am then you are too I believe life is hard but that there are moments of beauty and grace even in our darkest moments. Although I like writing blogs that make people laugh. I LOVE writing blogs that make people cry.

You can find out more about me by following me on twitter, pinterest, goodreads friending me on facebook or emailing me.

Or by browsing my most popular posts:

Why do I want to be a counsellor

8 things to see and do around Farnham

Day 17 of 30 hairstyles in 30 days: chignon

How to get pregnant

A year and a change 

Confessions of a charity shop addict

10 things I hate about weddings 

My love hate relationship with our bookmark wedding invites

Seeking a friend for the zombie apocalypse

DIY how to make a stained glass candle holder

9 thoughts on “Hello, I’m Rowan

    1. Thanks Eliza, for visiting my blog and your kind words. I’m loving this journey towards marriage and I’m glad you find it interesting.I’m just reading through your blog now and your writing is so joyous

  1. Hello, Rowan. I read some of your posts. I find them so funny! I am a Filipino and I write for a living. If you have published books, kindly tell me so, I’ll try to find one and borrow it hahahaha! really, I’ll buy your book.

    I came across your blog because I am also planning a book-themed wedding for my fiance. Ours will be on 2-14-2014. Here in the Philippines, Catholic weddings can only be held in churches. So I can’t hold mine in a library. But the wedding reception will be (I really hope it will happen) at the National Printing Office that houses the Office of the National Book Development Board. My fiance told me it’s too far. It’s about an hour’s drive (traffic included) from the church. That’s the only con about that venue. Ugh!

    1. Hello Beverly, thanks so much for the comment and for reading my blog. One of my best friends from University is from the Philippines too. Good luck planning your book themed wedding and I hope you can get married at the National Printing Office. I googled it, so cool. Let me know how everything goes,

      Rowan xxx

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