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Biology Grad & PADI Divemaster | Aspiring writer & visual creator | Seeking to make a difference by changing the narrative. Contact me: katieshepherd.com/links

Five reasons to embrace your single life and use it to live out your dreams.

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I’m no longer holding back in waiting for a partner. But my question is, are you?

Are you waiting to find a special someone before travelling the world? Perhaps you’re saving up your first drive-thru cinema experience for a date night? …


An essay that challenges the narrative that we’re “not enough” without a partner.

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We may know that an incompatible partnership is fragile, but so many of us are in these partnerships out of a fear of being alone.

We’ve been consuming subtle messaging that we’re “not enough” without a partner for most of our lives. We grew up with stories of princes and…


SOLO TRAVEL

Don’t let your fears stop you from travelling solo; let preparation empower you

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How do you feel about the idea of travelling solo? Does it scare you or excite you?

I was pretty apprehensive before my first trip. I knew that my family wasn’t keen on me travelling solo but I wanted to be independent when I travelled. …


Travel. South East Asia. Malaysia. Wildlife Conservation.

A wild experience where I ate breakfast with the sharks, bumped into monitor lizards on my work commute, and patrolled beaches for turtles.

Our ‘back garden’ bay (photo by the author)

An excerpt from my time working in Malaysia — for more details about the project scroll to the bottom of the article.

“Ehh, Ohhh….. Ehh, ohhh”.

The light flooded in as I scrunched my eye mask off my face. …


There is a biological reason for the pain, no matter how long your courtship might have been.

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At the end of January, I was feeling kinda heartbroken.

For the previous six weeks, I had been chatting to someone on Tinder whom I was quite excited about. We had spoken most days, sharing intimate details about ourselves and divulging our feelings towards each other. Unfortunately, due to distance…


Travel Tips. Top Destinations.

As voted for by your fellow travel-lovers, but do you agree with the result?

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Which is the most beautiful country in the world, in your opinion? Perhaps the untouched wilds of Papua New Guinea takes your prize, or maybe your heart will always reside with the USA’s incredible diversity. …


Anecdote | Animal Ownership

It should be a fairytale, shouldn’t it?

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“Do you want us to give him up?” my Mum asked, looking defeated.

We had both arrived at our wits-end. In the 8-week lead up to Shadow arriving (yes, we did name him before we met him), we prepared as much as we could. We read books about his breed…


A science-backed article exploring claims that we should temporarily abstain from alcohol pre and post-vaccination.

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The development of several vaccines against Coronavirus infection has been an incredible achievement in the microbiology industry. After almost a year of restrictions, there is a glimmer of hope in the vaccine rollouts that have begun in many countries around the world. …


Anecdote | Lifestyle

After tearing our hair out in the first 2 weeks, we had to change for both our family and our pup.

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Until you own a puppy, you don’t know how much work they are.

Puppies are undeniably cute. When they bound up to you with their long, gangly legs, butter-wouldn’t-melt-eyes, and a kiss-ready tongue, you can’t help but smile. …


The key component to platonic love can be found in your ability to embrace vulnerability.

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I remember the moment when I first noticed the ‘friendship click’. It was back in 2019. I’d left my friend after a short couple of days in rural Italy. We spent those days basking in the sun; attempting handstands in the outdoor pool, shooting bugs in the luscious gardens, and…

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