Who is “It’s Character Building”?

Well, it’s me. Laura Graham, 30-something, trying to make a positive difference to this crazy world we’re all living in.


Through writing.  I'm a freelance writer for national publications like Happiful Magazine, HuffPost UK and charities like Macmillan. It all started when I discovered blogging and set up It's Character Building, originally as an anonymous positivity blog. The success of the blog led me to write professionally.


Through development. I design and deliver blended learning interventions to help people move forward and achieve their potential. I work with orginisations and individuals to deliver interventions covering topics such as resilience, communication and well-being. 

What makes me qualified?

A combination of life experience and 15 years' professional experience. During my career, I have worked in the public, private and third sectors. My previous roles span learning and development, mental and physical health, employability, sales and project management.

What brought me here?

The main thing would be losing my mum to breast cancer when I was 26. That event changed me fundamentally and sent me on a journey through grief and depression. I made lots of mistakes but as a result learned more about myself and other people than I ever could have, without that experience. Hence the name of my business - whenever anything bad happened, my mum would tell me “It’s Character Building” and she couldn’t have been more right.

What next?

Take a look around! Have a read through the blogs, check out the services I offer and learn about what my clients say about me. If you don’t see what you need/want it's not a problem, hop over to the "Say Hello" page and get in contact.  



  • “Reading these blogs has shown me that someone else has similar thoughts to me and that has made me feel some kind of comfort. I see the thoughts of someone else and reflect on my own situation with her positive influence.”

    -Aaron, Bicycle Mechanic
  • “Laura is quite simply AMAZING!! It’s Character Building gives me positive inspiration when it feels like life sucks! I love how open & honest Laura is, her blogs are always totally realistic, and I love the fact she’s quite happy to admit that actually yes, life is just shit sometimes, but she manages to find the positive in pretty much any situation.”

    -Jane, Young Carer
  • “Laura’s blogs are always thought-provoking, whether positive and uplifting (and very often humorous) or even when she acknowledges the utter rubbish that life throws at people, including herself. Her posts have been one of the highlights of a rather horrible year for me. Thank you Laura.”

    -Hilary, Museum Assistant