I’m back and I couldn’t be happier to have my feet firmly on Scottish soil, even if it’s a wee bit damp.
I’m not going to lie, coming home after a decade away has felt daunting at times.
But the welcome I’ve received (particularly at Glasgow Central on a Friday night) has proved it’s been the right decision for me.
The air is something different up here and so is the tap water. And let’s not forget “People Make Glasgow”.
From walking my wee pup Buddy in Kelvingrove Park – well, he walks me, to be honest – to eating out in one of my old haunts, Oran Mor, I've had a fantastic first week back.
Every girl needs to pinpoint their essentials when relocating.
Hair Salon, nail lady, local supermarket and, of course, the best Indian takeaway.
I’ve had a few recommendations but realistically this calls for a taste test.
Pass me the peshwari naan and there’s extra points if the place sells diet Irn-Bru. I’m on a mission, if anyone wants to join me?
But in all seriousness, the best thing of all is being so much closer to friends and family.
As we’ve all learned over the past few months, there’s no bigger priority than that.
I’ve had my poor wee dad building shelves, moving beds, drilling holes for wine bottles, the works.
Secretly, he enjoys every minute and I equally appreciate him telling me his housewarming gift of a hammer is the best present I’ll ever get.
Thanks dad, I see nothing’s changed.
Since I’ve gorged on copious amounts of alcoholic beverages catching up with friends, and of course a few haggis pizzas and morning rolls and square sausage, it’s time to set up a normal routine and hit the gym.
I’m super proud to see a rising fitness culture all over Scotland and so many fantastic gyms and classes to choose from.
Who knew we could work hard, play hard and train harder?
I feel invincible and excited for what’s next to come.
It's Strictly all about the drama
My favourite TV show is almost here
Strictly Come Dancing without a doubt gets me through the winter nights every year. Who doesn’t love a bit of glitz and glamour and even the anticipation of that dreaded Strictly curse?
The new rules of isolating together can only add to the drama. Whose relationship bubble will be burst this year?
It’s all about the dancing, of course, but I’m sure all the men out there watching at home with their partners secretly can’t wait to watch the headlines unfold too.
My money is on one of the boys, Max George, HRVY or Jason Bell, lifting the glitterball this year.
I trained in Latin and ballroom in my younger years and they kept me on pointe and on the right path, even if it did cost my parents a small fortune.
Any partner or team sport, no matter what age you are, teaches us so much about confidence, dedication, social skills and more.
So, let’s all get involved this series, grab your granny and jive around your living room. And keeeep dancing.
More power to Diversity portraying real issues
I thoroughly enjoyed Diversity’s performance on Britain’s Got
It portrayed a powerful moment of our year so far.
Hearing how many complaints Ofcom received about the performance has really baffled me to the core and I’m glad they won’t be investigating it any further. What is there to complain about?
We, I’m sure, all felt a range of emotions watching it. But that just reinforces my opinion that it gives a true representation of what we’ve seen this year.
I definitely don’t see a theatrical dance routine which was distasteful.
I saw humanitarian facts being displayed by a young group of people directly affected by these issues. I just felt respect for them.
A diverse dance group of its success and platform has every right to illustrate what we’ve recently witnessed in the media.
They are talented, hard working, passionate and honest individuals that inspire a lot of young kids all around the world.
It would be strange if they didn’t acknowledge something we’re all already so aware of. Only Love.