It’s that time of year again where we wind things down for our Christmas break, and what better way to end 2022 than to take a quick look back at all of the things that you have enjoyed reading over the past 12 months. We dove into our analytics for 10 of the most popular posts. A list of The List if you will. And from what we can tell, you all enjoy living life well as much as we do, with a mix of local tips, fitness and eating out topping the list. We also covered some hard hitting topics this year, from coercive control to breast cancer, not to mention insights into local lives with our Listed profiles.
Take a look at the list below.
Sometimes you just want to take it easy, and there's nothing more relaxing than spending a morning catching up with friends over brunch. Or maybe you want to combin a meeting with a spot of brunch on a work day... but where to go? We're spoilt for choice here in Guernsey, from casual to classy and everything in between, so let us guide you through some of our favourite kiosks, cafes, restaurants and hotels.
Whatever type of brunch you're looking for, we'll point you in the right direction so you can get your day off to a great start and live life well. You'll find them all here.
We're spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful places to swim around the islands, but with so much choice it can be difficult to know which spot to choose, especially for those who are new to wild swimming in Guernsey. Some bays are great for a high tide swim, whilst some work better at low tide. Some places are stunning at dawn and others are ideal to take in the setting sun. Maybe you're looking for a secluded spot, or a family friendly beach, either way this is the list for you.
We reached out to Guernsey Swim Adventrues for help to find the best places for sea swimming, depending on the type of experience you're looking for. Here's what they told us.
TW: This article contains details of incidents of domestic abuse
Every week here in Guernsey more than eleven incidents of domestic abuse are reported, and Guernsey Police respond to over six hundred calls a year. Yes, you read that correctly - that's almost two incidents of domestic abuse every day within the Bailiwick! Take a moment to let the enormity of those figures sink in... and consider that these reported figures do not even give a true picture of the extent of this issue. Domestic abuse is often a hidden crime, and the real scale of the problem here on our island is likely to be much worse.
We reached out to Safer, a local charity that supports and empowers people who are experiencing domestic abuse, to try to understand more about Coercive Control, and how to spot the signs. There's also information on how to seek help, and two very powerful Survivor stories, which give an insight into how everyday people can become victims of coercive and controlling behaviour. Read more.
Vikki Hammond was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of just 33. The mum of two shares insights into her cancer journey and recovery, giving an honest account of her cancer diagnosis and treatment.
She believes in fate, and is hoping to inspire others and help them to cope by documenting her experiences on her Instagram account, Finding Myself After Cancer. By talking about her feelings in a public forum, she wants to raise awareness and encourage an open conversation about the effect breast cancer has on your body, your mind and also on everyone around you. Read Vikki's story here.
When most women hear the word “hormones” it conjures up images of periods, PMS, mood swings and perhaps the menopause. It is very well known that our hormones are intimately involved in puberty, monthly menstrual cycles and the menopause, but it isn’t often considered beyond that what other jobs our hormonesplay a part in.
From the moment we are born, our hormones have a say in our brain function, appetite, sleep patterns, how we respond to stress, skin health, digestion, our libido and much much more. Hormones are most often talked about in a negative sense because they can, and do for many women make life a misery. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Local Nutritional Therapist Sarah Gale shares her thoughts in this guest post. Read more.
If you’re gifting this year, pick something they will actually love and use. We've scoured local shops and websites to find some of the best gifts for this Christmas. Everything on this list is either available to buy in Guernsey - or can be easily shipped to Guernsey. You will find a good mix of well loved brands, as well as local, small business products that need to be on your radar. Find them all here.
Yoga has long been a go-to activity to achieve mind and body balance. Based on Eastern principles, it has become an important part of Western culture too. In modern society, where we have a tendency to be on the go at all times, a yoga class, be it in a fancy studio or your local community hall has become a really important way for people to take an hour to themselves, stretch out the body and settle the mind. It’s hugely popular here on Guernsey with an impressive number of teachers, hosting classes at different times and in different ways.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what is on offer on the island. Read more.
Do you ever feel like you need more hours in the day? Maybe you wake up earlier or go to bed later to fit more in. We’ve all been there. But there is a lot of good that can happen when you are asleep - both naturally within your body, as well as on your To Do list with just a little bit of forward planning. Together with Electric Living we dove into what those things may be. Read more.
There’s a buzz around Market Square. And it's because something very special is happening. The secret is finally out - beauty superstore Sephora has landed in Guernsey. Founded in France in 1969, Sephora has stores in many places, but it undoubtedly has the biggest cult following in the US.
And based on a very unscientific poll undertaken here at The List, we're sure that you’re either incredibly excited that you no longer need to wait for a transatlantic trip to get your hands on the biggest beauty brands and enjoy that unique Sephora store experience - or Sephora is the beauty outlet you never knew you needed in your life, and you can’t wait to find out more.
Etsy is a haven for artisans and small businesses. And Guernsey has more than its fair share of talented creatives, so we decided to do a deep dive to find out which local makers are showcasing their creations on the platform. We were not surprised to find lots of artists and designers with Guernsey connections. From jewellery and prints to textiles and home decor, there are lots of handcrafted and vintage treasures on offer, and many of the items have a local theme. For many of the sellers, their Etsy outlet is a passion project they pursue alongside work and family commitments. For some, it’s become a fulltime business. For all, your support means the world! Take a look at the list.