2019 – Mid Year Review

Has the first half of 2019 taken you by surprise? If you started this year with big hopes and dreams, then blinked and found yourself in July, welcome to my world. This year has gone fast, hasn't it? Or is that the very British way of saying time has flown, or whatever? All I know is that so much of 2019 so far has felt like groundwork for me, and I'm ready to start making the most of the next 6 months. But before I plough forward, I like to reflect on the year so far and think about…

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5 Apps that will change EVERYTHING…

... or at least enhance your self-care practice. Let me tell you a (brief) story. A few years ago, when self love and self care were brand new concepts to me, I practised both with hot bubble baths and painting my nails. It was more about going to creative events and mixing with people who were accepting of who I was at that time. I had post-its on my bedroom mirror with positive affirmations written on and a dedicated routine of writing in my journal before I went to bed. But over the years, where all of that once…

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No More Secrets

If you're a long-term follower of my work, you'll notice the change in my content more recently. I'm sharing more than I've ever shared before. I'm being explicit about my experiences, on social media and here. I'm pouring out my stories of trauma and labelling it as such. Where I was once afraid to speak with this level of conviction, now I am no longer afraid of what has been done to me. No more secrets, no more holding in the things that have hurt me the most. The response I've had from my online communities has been incredible.…

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What My Depression Looks Like

Are you drowning too? You might think this picture is a mess. I call it depression. Where housework becomes overwhelming, clutter starts to mount, and I have little motivation or energy do anything about it. Just take a photo, so I can remind myself how bad things can get. I'm not going to pretend that I'm a tidy person - I'm not. I collect clutter. I find it hard to throw things away (it used to give me anxiety) but I am much better now. I can't even blame my kids, they only follow the standard that I set.…

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