• Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

    Awareness weeks are great for focusing more attention on mental health, but my hope would be that we all have more focus on everyone’s mental health, including our own every day. Speaking from a personal point of view I know how difficult it can be to open up to some people, for fear of being judged, so I just can’t imagine if this was the case if you had no one to trust. I thought this piece by James was especially relevant at the moment, with so many people feeling the side effects of isolation. Perhaps even the people you have in your life that you thought were tough aren’t…

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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?…

  • Art……so much more than a pretty painting!

    For those of you that have any kind of creative streak, whether that’s in art, music, writing, performing, etc you will understand what I mean when I say art is good for your soul. Art is a strange subject though, as whenever it’s talked about with those who wouldn’t describe themselves as ‘arty’, usually people’s automatic response is something along the lines of ‘I’m rubbish at art, or I can’t draw to save my life’. Which makes me think, where do we get these opinions about our own artistic ability from, after all, isn’t art subjective? I’m not attempting to get all deep here, most of all because I don’t feel…

  • It’s Good to Talk!

    When I started writing this blog I couldn’t have imagined how therapeutic I would find the process, as well as the continuous reward I feel from the feedback. After reading this recent article by Hilary Wilce on Rachel Kelly’s website I realise I’m not alone in how writing makes me feel. http://rachel-kelly.net/the-amazing-power-of-pen-and-paper-how-writing-can-help-us/ I guess you can say that I’ve taken my approach to life, i.e a problem shared is a problem halved to the next level by sharing it with what is technically the world! Some people may say I’m bonkers for sharing some of the things in my head, after all, we’re not all as open as I think…

  • Mindfulness, what does it actually mean for me?

    Having just returned from my first ever yoga retreat, ran by the lovely Tanya, I felt compelled to write about mindfulness and what it means to me. Although everyone’s reasons for going on retreats are obviously different, I think the one thing we all had in common was the sense of escaping. Not because I’m making the assumption that people always have something to escape from, but sometimes just being in a different place and focusing on yourself allows you to let go of life outside. I’m sure that can sound like a load of peace, loving, hippy nonsense to anyone that’s never been on a retreat, but it definitely allowed me some much-needed breathing…