Dear baby...

In March 2019 I will be able to hold you in my arms for the very first time. Your dad and I are so looking forward to meeting you, we are so curious about what you will be like, and have so many hopes for your future. We haven’t even met you yet, but we talk about you all the time.

Strim

For the past few months my team have been developing and designing a brand new streaming service across browser, tvOS, iOS and Android. It has been a fun project in which we have achieved a lot. A big part of that was making everyone part of the design process. Here is how we did it…

Life after rape

There is life after rape, a new life where you don't feel ashamed of who you are, or to blame for what happened to you. A life where those around you support you, a life where fear doesn't creep up on you and explode. We cannot let the fear of negative experiences stifle our recovery.

Oslo

Since I moved to Oslo I have lived in 9 different places, taken care of 5 cats, had one operation, been to 3 funerals, 3 weddings, and fallen deeply in love. There are so many special places here, that I have come back to over and over again. Places that might not make it onto a usual tourist blog, but personally make me feel so much love for this city.

Food Against Fascism

For the past few weeks I've been planning, baking, and buying ingredients. I'm getting ready to do a pop up cookie cafe at Oslo Vegetarfestival and let me tell you, I am SO happy to be back in the kitchen doing what I love.

I started my baking project: Sally's Cookies last year as a fun way to do something which helps people. The point of the project is to donate the profits away to organisations which make the world a better place. Every time I sell a cookie, someone gets to eat something delicious, and they also get a good feeling from knowing that they have donated to an important cause. I see it as a non confrontational form of activism. it's a good way to inspire people and spread awareness.

As I'm getting ready to do it all again, I thought it might be cool to look back at my first event in July last year in which I raised money for an LGBTQ rights organisation; Skeiv Ungdom.

Triggered!

Have you ever seen a post on the internet about something awful which starts with the caveat: Trigger Warning? A few years ago I would post ‘trigger warnings’ on all my posts on social media. Now I understand what triggers really are, I don't think trigger warnings are a good idea anymore.

UX & them

UX just stands for 'user experience'. Still confused? To put it simply, UX designers are web designers, but we just wanted a new flashy name for what we do, because in the tech industry we like buzzwords and feeling important. Being a good UX designer means not focusing too much on branding, colours, pretty flourishes and content, but instead listening to users needs, and finding the easiest and most enjoyable way for them to fulfill them. But how do you even begin with a UX project?

Four to the floor

I had always longed for something that would be powerful enough to switch off the thoughts that plague my mind. Listening to music was always one of my coping mechanisms, but it had to be the right kind of beat. When I’m dancing to techno, I feel it, I’m free.

Nice to meet you

Hello and welcome to my blog and very first blog post! My name is Sally Renshaw and I am a young(ish) British woman who lives in Oslo, Norway, with my boyfriend and three cats. I've had a funny old life, and when I started to open up about it recently, the people around me started telling me about their lives too. I realised how important it was to talk about our personal experiences, reaching out for help when times are hard, and sharing wisdom on how you can go from coping to thriving. I used to be scared of being honest and vulnerable but I'm not anymore.