• Accepting fear, but taking the plunge…..

    Everyone suffers from fear at some point in their lives, but fear can come in so many different forms and it impacts those affected and anyone close in so many ways. I’ve seen first hand how debilitating it can be for some and although I’ve never suffered from excessive fear/anxiety, I wanted to talk about how it’s played its part in my life. I’ve begun to realise that my fear of failing has definitely led to some anxiety, albeit many people that know me may find this hard to believe. Outwardly, on a day to day level I do not see myself as an anxious person, but where I sometimes struggle is…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Taking care of yourself!

    As you will know if you read my blog regularly, health and fitness have always played an active part in my life, but have become increasingly important over the last few years. I’ve become more aware of how a healthy mind can influence your overall well-being and how we can support that by what we eat, how we behave and what we do. As someone recently pointed out to me there’s also another important aspect which may get neglected over time and that’s our hearts! This may seem so simple to many of you, but it’s something which I have definitely neglected over recent years due to my tendency to…

  • 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…