There is a much to be said about the way a familiar scent can invoke comfort, calm and warmth to the soul. The same feeling that is brought by sitting in the stillness of nature, and the magic way it has for bringing you home. Today, I am tethered to a deep rooted place where... Continue Reading →
You do not need other people’s permission to end a toxic relationship.
Feeling the freedom on the summit of Whernside, Yorkshire Dales. As I look back over my relationships throughout my adult life, I realise I am finally at that place where I can be proud of myself for where I am today – especially when it comes to my love life. Relationships are complex and whether... Continue Reading →
Why do we dumb down our worth?
I did something for myself tonight. It's been a long time coming, and it's not all so often that I put myself out there in life. I can only assume that I have been the metaphorical simmering pot, my needs have been pushed back but have been bubbling away every so slowly until one day,... Continue Reading →
Pema Chödrön and the people of Navajo
I just wanted to share this gorgeous story from Pema Chödrön about the people of Navajo. Pema has been a huge inspiration of mine whilst I was exploring the world of Buddhism and this story stuck with me throughout it all. We have a lot to learn from so little! I hope everybody is having... Continue Reading →
Dealing with rejection, the co-dependent person and the ego.
So I’ve taken November as a chance to brush up on some self loving by diving head first back in to the self development journey – for me, this is a journey that comes around maybe once a year or every 18 months, usually when I go through some sort of mild trauma with work,... Continue Reading →
World Mental Health day 2021 – lessons from the other side.
10th October 2021 brought us World Mental Health day, and it wouldn't be so for me without sharing a few thoughts. I'm a little late in sharing this as I spent yesterday catching up with life and spending time outdoors, I have been stuck in the dark for the majority of the week with a... Continue Reading →
How are we in October already? As the impending winter brings a magnetic pull towards the back end of 2021, I am already finding myself in the midst of denial over the start of October. I permitted myself another day of September by drinking on the 1st October and calling it the 31st September, kicking... Continue Reading →
Growing up with an abusive parent – A Conversation with Claire.
This month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Claire* who bravely opened up to tell me her story of how she grew up in a domestically and emotionally challenged environment, and the impact this had on her mental health as an adult. Claire is now a parent and a homeowner with her long... Continue Reading →
Recovering from addiction: A Conversation with Annie.
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Annie in her home, to have an open discussion with her about her past struggles with drug addiction. Annie, who is a single mum of a little boy, aged 3, lives by herself and has volunteered as a mentor for recovering addicts after... Continue Reading →
The Recovery Letters – Addressed to People Experiencing Depression.
Last year, I had the honour of being approached by the founder of The Recovery Letters blog, James Withey, who asked me to submit a letter for his upcoming book, the Recovery Letters – Addressed to People Experiencing Depression, which compiled letters from people who had once suffered – to the currently suffering. My contribution... Continue Reading →