Writing a bucket list – why it’s good

I have in my possession, somewhere tucked away in a box, a list I made as a teenager. Kind of a life goals or objectives list. I have perused it several times in the years since it was written. Sometimes I felt I had outgrown it. Sometimes I felt I had managed to achieve a…

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What it feels like…to have counselling

My posts about what it feels like to be friend dumped and have a breakdown have been both valuable to me for the insights I have gained and popular with readers. I am continuing the series here with an exploration of the process of counselling I have been through. I want to share my experiences…

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What it feels like…to have a breakdown

When I wrote last month about what it feels like to be ‘friend dumped’, I was surprised by how it resonated with people. I found it so helpful to work through emotions relating to that issue and free myself from them. So I thought I would look at other ‘difficult’ issues that have affected me…

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The path

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was very sad. Life had happened to her, she felt like she was missing doing the things that meant something to her, making the life that she wanted, and that she was rubbish at what she was doing. She felt it passed her by and she…

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Gratitude Journal January

What a month. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster month, at times feeling incredibly stressful or just like I am floundering, and at others full of uplifting moments and with lots of inspiration for new challenges I am pursuing. I had some clear goals for my life going forwards, not just 2016 but…

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On recovery as acceptance

Back in the late summer/early autumn, I stumbled upon and was participating in the weekly #PNDhour twitter chats. This is a form of a peer support network, through social media. If it had been in existence 5 years ago and I had awareness of it, it would have been a lifeline. Entirely coincidentally, I wrote…

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I am the way

Up until a few years ago, I was someone who struggled with keeping my mental health on an even keel. But something changed. Something forced me to seek the help I knew I so desperately needed but was too embarrassed and ashamed to seek. I had children. When my daughters were born, everything was ok…

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Gratitude journal #2

Well, lots random unknown people liked my first gratitude journal. That made me very happy and certainly affirmed that I must be on the right track. So thank you to all those who read it, and liked it. It has certainly contributed to this week feeling a happy one, but also I have been enjoying…

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Why we need to talk…

This post is making me feel nervous. I have thought about it for a while and in essence it is massively exposing my vulnerability and I am worrying about the reactions of my readers to the content. I take so much time to consider exactly what I write so that I can have clarity and I…

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Empathy through talking and writing

I have had three major ‘episodes’ in my life, when I have been incredibly unhappy and in my opinion not able to function on a normal level. I have felt so alone and that no one can understand me. I have experienced many symptoms of poor mental health. I have withdrawn from life on various…

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