Please Don’t Use My Life, To Make Yours Feel Better

Gem Turner wearing black floral dress and copper trainers

The picture above is me feeling on top form. I’ve got mi new dress on (included in my latest fashion favourites), the tassels make it feel even fancier. I’d curled my hair, contoured my cheeks and even put more than one shade of eyeshadow on. I’d put this picture on instagram obviously and was finally […]

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You’re a Disabled Graduate… Now What?

Gem Turner in graduation gown

First of all congratulations, it’s a hard slog and you did it! (if you didn’t that’s absolutely ok too, but I’ll save that topic for another blog post). This time of year can be weird, you can feel lost and not know what to do next. Any graduate (or graduand? I still don’t quite get […]

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CBD Oil – is it worth the hype?

Image of CBD oil bottle on wooden table

*Disclaimer – this is no way sponsored, this was my own personal test* I first heard about CBD and to be honest, I thought it was illegal as I’d heard it had cannabis in it. Then more people started talking about it, and I saw it in Holland and Barrett and thought, it can’t be […]

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The Art of Not Being Subtle (at all)

Gem Turner wearing purple floral dress holding blue china mug and plate

Last week I was in a shopping centre with no makeup on – feeling a bit conscious, and if I’m honest – a bit hungover. Birthday week and all that. I was about to head to another birthday party and was definitely not looking my best. I wanted to put my make up on, but […]

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“Is there not a job for you closer to home?”

Commuting to work. Something that a lot of people grumble about. Trains delayed weather cold and not enough time in the morning. For me, I book my taxi either the night before or in the morning. I’m grateful that it gets me there from door to door. It takes about 40-60 minutes each way depending […]

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Are we ready to live in a “cashless” society?

Funny question isn’t it? I think most of us reading this would say “yes, I haven’t used cash in ages!” Or “contactless is just so easy now!”. Recently I worked with Which? Who asked me this very question and I realised I don’t think we’re quite ready to be cashless yet… and here’s why… I […]

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“Are you sure..?”

The other day I went to the shop in between my lunch. I had to do a quick turn around get some cash and get back to the office. I really fancied a bottle of coke. It was on a shelf I couldn’t quite reach (As you know I’m not one to shy away from […]

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“Mum, shall a tell ’em am disabled?” | Disability and Employment

Gem in final year at school

Recently I wrote a blog about jobs and careers for the Brittle Bone Society which you can read here. In a nut shell it’s me talking about the fact that I didn’t really see myself having a job, not because I couldn’t do it – but that the world wasn’t set up for me to. […]

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To lean or not to lean? | Disability and Socialising

Gem with Drink in hand

I’m going to put this post out there, just so you can ponder this question yourself. There is no right answer but I know I have mine. Picture the scene – you see me at a networking event, I raise my chair but I’m still lower than everyone there. We say hello but you can’t […]

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Video | Top Tips on Public Speaking

Gem Turner in front of fireplace

This week I’ve got a video to share all about public speaking. I’m not going to lie, this is something I’ve always hated (you’ll see why in the video) but I’ve had to develop these skills for previous jobs and opportunities – so I thought I’d talk about the tips and tricks I’ve learned along […]

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