• Resilience…..what time has taught me!

    It’s been a while since you heard from me, but I’ve always said I would only carry on writing here if it continued to feel cathartic, or I had something to share that may help someone else. So, the fact that I’m writing again hopefully means this might be of interest to someone out there! I’m still on a steep learning curve on the coaching course that I started last year, and definitely one of self discovery, but it has also opened my eyes to some of thing reasons behind we think, feel and behave the way we do. That sounds pretty heavy stuff, but today I’m going to try…

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    Reconnecting with your talents and passions!

    For those of you that aren’t aware, or don’t have any connections to the UK, next month is the annual Brighton Festival and as part of this huge month-long series of events is Artist Open Houses  This year over 1,500 artists and makers will exhibit their work in artists’ homes and studios, and guess what, my home is one of them! I’m so excited to be involved in this amazing event, which I have loved ever since moving to Brighton. Each year when visiting open houses I have always thought how amazing it would be to invite artists to exhibit at my flat, and last year I just thought, what’s stopping you?…

  • Fields of different shades of grass

    Is the grass greener, or is it just a different shade?

    With so much media attention on the role of social media on your mental health, I’ve been thinking about how it’s influenced me, particularly how focusing on my own life rather than comparing to others has improved my happiness. Those closest to me would probably agree that I’ve always been quite headstrong and driven in terms of knowing what I want, but if you read my blog or know me personally you will know that the last few years I’ve certainly had more doubts and quite often found myself confused and feeling a bit lost. Society itself has a lot to do with the feelings of uncertainty I’ve experienced, after…

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    Time for a Change…..

    When we talk about change, it can raise all sorts of emotions depending on your current situation, any challenges you currently face and the consequences that you believe may follow a change. For me, it has been the fear of failure, worry that past periods of sadness will follow me, but most of all the question of whether the change will actually make me happy! I remember saying to my mum not so long ago that sometimes the best decision was not to make a decision, but since then I’ve realised my thought process was flawed as I wasn’t asking myself the right questions! I know this sounds all very cryptic, but through…

  • Acceptance New Year

    Acceptance…..A New Year’s resolution?!

    Letting go can mean a lot of different things to people for various reasons, but for me, it’s meant letting go of what could have been in order to focus on the possibilities of the future. The future can be a scary thing when everything seems so uncertain, but when the fog lifts it’s amazing how things which once seem daunting can start to seem exciting. As someone wise once said to me, you sometimes have to shut the door behind you in order to pave a new way forward, a sentiment that sits with me as I start this year. I believe part of letting go comes down to acceptance, something which I…

  • Loneliness – what does it mean to you?

    It’s all too easy to have the mindset that loneliness comes down to what type of person you are or what your current situation is, but who does it really affect and why? When I was growing up the most obvious ‘group’ to be affected by loneliness was the elderly. My granddad passed away shortly after I was born, which meant my Nan lived alone for almost 40 years. She was quite isolated living in the countryside having never had passed her driving test, which combined with losing many of her friends as the years progressed left her spending a lot of time by herself. In many ways she was…