Phillippa Koushk-Jalali

I’ve ditched dating during the cost of living crisis to focus on me... here's why

I’ve ditched dating during the cost of living crisis to focus on me... here's why
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A lot of the time the date goes well, you spend the money to stay longer and get good vibes, then it doesn’t end up going anywhere. After yet another dead end date and repeating the same cycle, I decided to come off all dating apps.

Phillippa Koushk-Jalali

I’m tempted to fake interest in a relationship with my dad for the money... here's why.
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I can’t help but come back to the thought that as he is unwilling and incapable of trying to make up for this emotionally, doesn’t he deserve to do so financially? And don’t I deserve something from him that could bring me something good in my life?

Phillippa Koushk-Jalali
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I quit my well paid but stressful job in search of a happier life.

I quit my well paid but stressful job in search of a happier life.
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I am on less money but I work with amazing people for great causes and I am so much happier. That year off gave me time to find hobbies which I would never have made time for before- weekends had always been to catch up on sleep and recover from burning out.

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I moved to Spain and it's plunged me deep into debt... here's why

I moved to Spain and it's plunged me deep into debt... here's why
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Spain's job market is just really difficult. And the salaries are low. Even if I got a job with a permanent contract, I'd struggle with the salary because it's just me. I'd need to be living with family or a partner to survive on a 'normal' Spanish salary.

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My ex surprised me with a house... It was the final sign to leave.

My ex surprised me with a house... It was the final sign to leave.
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I felt controlled. He had picked the house, picked the area and was using his family’s wealth to stop me living my life. Then to top it off, he acted like I was crazy for not being grateful.

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I put myself in debt for my friend's wedding

I put myself in debt for my friend's wedding
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I do blame myself for not being more vocal, I should have spoken up at the time and not just quietly gone ahead spending money I didn’t have, and I’ve still not openly had this conversation with her.

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I have a 10k anti-f***wit fund... here's why

I have a 10k anti-f***wit fund... here's why
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It adds up pretty quickly! Obviously it’s highly personal- but for me, giving future me a bit of breathing space if things go tits up (for any number of reasons!) is worth investing in now.

Phillippa Koushk-Jalali

'I had to leave home when I was 19...I want to talk about the unspoken costs of being gay.'
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Tell me a little bit about yourselfI’m 27, about to turn 28. I grew up in a small town. My parents divorced when I was about 6 years old and not long after, my mum met my stepdad and we moved in with him. I saw my dad every

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