Newcastle, Anxiety & Self-stigma.

Last week I went to Newcastle, after struggling with my joints and stomach for a couple of weeks, traveling is becoming increasingly difficult and so as you can imagine, I was nervous about the five hour train journey but I really did not want to let it stop me. I took along a crutch to…

5 steps that helped me start my career in mental health.

Wanting to work in mental health is often driven by the passion to create change, well, at least for me it was. I started this pathway with the desire to be the change I wish to see and I continue to live by that. Having seen the good, the bad and the ugly of mental…

Unknown & invisible.

I have only spoken about this briefly before, the unknown medical problem I have, which seems to come and go as it pleases. I have been struggling with this for years now, only recently with each flare up I have it gets worse. My symptoms are far too long to list and Drs have and…

Flowers in Mind, a little craftivism.

Firstly, thank you all very much for the support and encouragement for Flowers in Mind, my creative floral project hoping to share well wishes, encourage compassion and raise money for Mind. ‘Craftivism’ The definition of craftivism is using hand-made art to express opinions or to support a movement, a combination of craft and activism.  Being…

Flowers in Mind, the beginning.

Over the last couple of weeks you may have noticed a few subtle hints at my latest little project, ‘Flowers in Mind’. A little background, four years ago, on coming out of hospital after starting my recovery from Anorexia, I began my journey into all things floral and I started studying floristry as a way…

Strength & Recovery, with Damian Smith.

The second entry of ‘Strength and Recovery’, is one that left me completely speechless, the emotion and subtle but powerful strength within this post has been beautifully written by the truly incredible Damian Smith and I feel honoured to share this here. Please know that this post includes talking about suicide and may be upsetting for…

Strength & Recovery.

Feeling strong is a huge part of my recovery, after feeling weak for so long, feeling inner strength allows me to truly believe that I am stronger than my mental illness and that I can continue with my recovery. There are many different factors that contribute to feeling strong, things that I do not know…

Just what I needed.

Over the last couple of months my blog seems to have become more and more about my mental health or mental health in general, probably because of where my mind has been but this lead me to question why I continue to write about the other parts of my life. Questioning if I should become…

Posting a little love.

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know just how much I love letter writing. I grew up writing to pen-pals I had met on holidays and family members who lived a far, each letter brought me a sense of warmth. Of course, like most, as I grew up and…

I am a warrior.

‘Warrior’, this word is often used to describe people who have been through an illness, but I have always struggled to use it for myself. During the beginning of my recovery I saw other warriors lead the way, I was inspired by their journey and seeing their positive messages moved me. I aimed for that…