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Journey is such a magical word. It can mean so many things and take you to so many different places. Whether your taking a journey of the mind, body or spirit, one thing is for sure – journeys lead to new experiences, new perspectives and usually teach us something valuable in the process. So, let’s start our journey…

Where would you like to be?

We’re starting things off today with journeys of the body – that’s right, we’re talking travel. We may be confined to our homes at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about the amazing places we’ve been, places we want to go, or maybe even places we’d rather be right now!

Perhaps it was a thrilling adventure holiday with pals, a romantic getaway with your one and only or a fun-filled jaunt with the whole family – whatever and wherever it was, we want you to share it with us. Why not comment on our social post or even share your travel snaps and tag us? Seriously, we’d love to see!

Our library team have once again gotten the ball rolling with some brilliant examples of their favourite journeys… from the brave hikers, desert trekkers, bungee jumpers & sky divers (!) to European cultural experiences - see the fab pictures below from our adventurous staff team.

Look how far you’ve come

Kris Hallenga

Now, as we said, journeys don’t have to just mean travelling. Your journey could be figurative, as you overcome some obstacle or challenge in your life. And we couldn’t think of a better example of this than Kris Hallenga, aka one of the founders of CoppaFeel.

Kris started the charity CoppaFeel with her twin sister Marin after being diagnosed with incurable breast cancer at the age of just 23. Realising that there was very little information about breast cancer out there for younger people, she became determined to change things. CoppaFeel has since become a wildly successful campaign and registered charity, educating and targeting younger audiences about breast cancer and how they can look after their health.

Find out more about Kris’ inspiring story on the CoppaFeel website: www.coppafeel.org

Or listen to her interview on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast:

· Apple podcasts: Fearne Cotton Happy Place Interview with Kris Hallenga

· Google podcasts: Fearne Cotton Happy Place Interview with Kris Hallenga

· Spotify: Fearne Cotton Happy Place Interview with Kris Hallenga

A journey of the mind…

We couldn’t let Journeys go by without giving you some exceptional book recommendations. We may not be able to go on any physical journeys right now, but by gum we can take you on a journey of the mind!

Today’s selection of books was chosen by our very own Michael White, Creative Producer of Evolve. Take a look at his choices below, which are all available in our digital library…

Where will it take you?

Where This Journey Terminates

Journeys can lead to some exciting and unexpected consequences, as the radio play ‘Where This Service Will Terminate’ demonstrates perfectly. It starts off simply enough – a train journey from Paddington to Penzance. Two strangers sit next to each other. And suddenly sparks fly.

Remember what we said in our G is for Generosity post about taking some time for yourself? Well, why not make yourself a cuppa, settle down on the sofa and get lost in this brilliant romantic comedy-drama from BBC. Listen now: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/

Don't Stop Believin'

We couldn’t resist giving today’s last entry a little twist. So, enjoy this mood boosting hit from a different kind of Journey and have yourselves as wonderful day!

And because we know there are bound to be some of you out there that prefer the Glee version (you know who you are, even if you don’t want to admit it), this one’s just for you…