Gratitude Journal August

Big deep breath and I am back! I feel that I have so much to say and write, ideas buzzing in my head after my break. But I am sticking with gratitude for today. And I am just going to get this on the screen and out there. The summer holidays were full of lots…

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Gratitude Journal: May

With May has come a certain realisation. In recent months I had been getting overwhelmed by the things that are important to me. But I *may* (fingers crossed) have found a way to get rid of this pit of the stomach feeling. Overwhelm The bottom line is that there is a lot of things going…

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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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Pondering feedback as a parent and as a writer

Recently I have been thinking about both the giving and receiving of feedback quite a bit, and thinking about why it is important and how it can help or hinder success. Here I look at receiving it, and another time I shall look at the giving of it (because otherwise this post will be mammoth!)….

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Making a difference

After I recently published my post introducing my concept of empowered parenting and what it meant to me, I had a conversation with one of my friends. She asked me what I wanted to achieve by my cause, and I realised that whilst I wrote about the what, and some of the why, I thought…

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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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Who is my cheerleader?

About 15 months ago I posed that exact question to myself. This came off the back of my feeling at the time that I did not believe I could do anything. My answer to the question at the time was that no-one else was my cheerleader; I had to be my own. Analysing the question,…

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Storyspheres – revealing potential

Today, I want to tell you about someone and something that has been making a big difference in my life recently. Although I am not expressly religious, I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, that there is a higher order behind what happens in our lives and it produces extraordinary results. So 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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