Monthly Archives: Jun 2016
We all have to start somewhere to get to somewhere else right?
A year of volunteering and training done so far and all of the effort has been 100% worth it.
So, today I am very proud to say I successfully helped to put together a Mental health awareness workshop and co -facilitate it.
I felt so at home. I felt the most comfortable I have ever been. I’ve helped out with a few workshops before but this was like my mini baby step to doing something I didn’t think I could do.
‘Be your greatest cheerleader – nobody else is likely too.’
Upon reflection I realised we still have a long way to go to reduce and breakdown Stigma against Mental health issues in our community and society.
I stick by my rule of always being authentic. I have nothing to hide. The more I shared, the more I felt I connected with other people.
People opened up and it was awesome to observe this.
We all have mental health and I discovered a lot of people have similar issues. We deal with them in different ways and some can have more extreme ways of coping than others or vice versa.
I’m on a roll here . ha ha
I know what you are thinking. Just let me have this moment? Please!
United, we can break down the stigma attached to mental health and address the issue properly.
We all have a mind and a body -so no one- unless a person defines themselves as an actual (not metaphorical) robot- is susceptible to having Positive mental health and Negative mental health over the course of a life time.
Why do we feel ashamed to be labelled? We quite happily wear labels like Prada , Gucci, Matalan , doctor , chef , cleaner, politician ?
I don’t have any shame in what I have done or what I have been through. I have so much respect for the people I meet here and in the real world.
I am truly on a mission.
Perfection is unattainable!
We need to leave that with the Romans.
Look to the future .
Even better pause and take time to enjoy the moment. Look around you and be happy with what you have.
Don’t read beauty magazines or buy into the celeb media market.
Pick up a book and expand your mind. Take pictures. Paint, draw, act. Get creative.
I have recently found out that a lot of people Photoshop ( I mean really Photoshop) their social media images.
No wonder I don’t recognise people when I am out and about in the big wide world.
I am kind of joking . 😀
I do day dream when I am out and about.
I always have a million things going on in my head.
Not everyone does this Photoshop thing but to know that people do, just made my jaw drop.
So I am going to stick with being real. It seems to be working.
I can smile at strangers in the street and they smile back.
We are all human.
We need food, exercise ,sleep, a toilet……. Can you see where I am going with this?
That’s it for now.
I did it.
We did it.
Totally motivated and ready to break down stigma.
My mantra is:
‘I am successful at whatever I do.’
no matter if that means getting out of bed or getting my degree.
Oh yeah baby – all I am asking for is a little bit of respect…. ( totally dancing on my own in my room – may just grab my hair brush )
TOTAL RESPECT to a very good mate of mine on Word Press for this award.
Who doesn’t know Paul ?
Talented, generous and a born fighter. I have a lot of time for this dude. Look at this face what is not to love?
Don’t let the title of his Blog put you off – this is not all about fitness but it will put you through your paces. Or should I say Paul will.
So a respect award is pretty fucking awesome right? I want to thank Michelle for nominating me for the one lovely award Blog. I recently just accepted this so I have decided I am going to give this award to some one else I think is awesome.
SIMPLY ETTA D. Your quotes have inspired me and helped push me to move forward.
Here she is : I forfeit my award from Michelle @ PSYCHEDELIC BAY -WHERE HOPE IS REAL – Small shout out to her partner in crime 😉 Cezanne.
Before I continue with accepting this really cool RESPECT award. I just want to let everyone who reads this that there is an epic party going on this weekend at Jaquies a cooking pot and twisted tails. place. If you don’t know her.
Where have you been?
Ha ha. She is another great inspiration and my Blog role model.
I also want to thank Linda G Hill. your Saturday soCS -stream of consciousness writing challenge. She always prompts me to get shit out of my head and onto the screen. You get me thinking out of my comfort zone which I love! ❤
Then there is the rest of you who I follow and who follow me. You make life that bit easier for me and I love all the different perspectives I read and the cool thoughts and ideas you have swirling round those brains of yours – The Word Press community are full of heart. We are empaths and should rule the world .
What are we going to do tonight ,WP posse ?
Okay so on with accepting my award from Paul.
THREE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
WHAT DOES RESPECT MEAN TO YOU ?
It means having faith and self love and self belief.
Respect is about using old school style manners – that will never go out of style for me
Respect is about boundaries and acknowledging others have boundaries and not to cross them and know when not too.
It means listening and it requires effort and commitment and compromise
WHO DO I RESPECT THE MOST?
I respect people who are honest with me. Who take me for who I am. I respect people who are true to themselves and are not afraid to stand alone when the shit hits the fan. I respect people who refuse to give up – the people who rise and fall and rise and fall and rise again. I have a lot of respect for my Mother and my Nan. Two ladies who fought to keep me alive. I would probably be dead today if it were not for their persistence that I could find a way to be happy in this world.
WHAT DO I RESPECT THE MOST ABOUT MYSELF?
Woah I guess…. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don’t hide my issues. I fucking embrace them. I am not really great at giving up. I like myself . I have a lot of love to give to people. I don’t take bullshit but I can’t hold a grudge. I try but I can’t -especially if it is some one who I feel or once felt a connection with. I hate conflict.
ONLY THREE NOMINEES?
These are solely based on recent discussions I have had with these Bloggers.
BRENDA @CYBERNETIC BLONDE
SERENA @ SERENA JOY SINCLAIR Lifelong Learner
BROOKE @ theutopiauniverse
ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MENTIONED ME IN THEIR BLOGS THIS PAST WEEK. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FIND YOU ALL ON WORD PRESS YET BUT I WILL……..
T @ MY LITTLE BIT OF SERENITY HAPPY 6TH ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND PRESH
QUEEN BEE @ I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC
Another week has passed and I haven’t been posting or reading as much of your Blogs as I have wanted to.
I kind of screwed up. I decided just over a month ago that I didn’t have Bipolar and that I didn’t need to take certain medication.
This past month has been a living hell. I reached a breaking point yesterday. I thought I was losing my mind.
The reason why I am making this public is that I am so passionate about reducing the Stigma surrounding Mental Health issues.
I did something so stupid but instead of letting my mental health get to a point, where I was increasing the risk that I would get worse, and I would probably end up doing something epically silly. I reached out.
I’m back!. I know what keeps me well. Blogging is one of my coping tools..
My volunteering is another.
Yesterday I thought I blew it.
I was a mess.
I forced myself to face my fears and I got through it.
Today we have a plan for the Depression and Anxiety workshop, for Thursday.
I do have good ideas and stuff to bring to make this workshop work.
It is okay to screw up but you have to reach out too.
Do it as soon as possible. All my Bipolar symptoms started coming back.
My Anorexia triggers came back.
I haven’t come this far to go back to living in a mental hospital again. I have too much to gain and far too much to lose.
Today is a new day. I have a chance to start over.
I am petrified about doing the workshop but I know once I am there – that is the one place I will feel comfortable.
It’s the same here on Word Press. I convinced myself that because I had no energy and that my mind couldn’t take in information when I was reading other peoples Blogs, I would lose people.
I can’t just pretend to read a post and like. That has never been an option for me. I don’t do things in halves.
I didn’t lose anybody. In fact quite the opposite. I have gained new friends – The Daisy in the willows flower community grows.
I am not going to question why.
I can only say thank you and count my blessings.
I work hard to overcome my fears and demons. I have a lot of support and you – all of you -don’t know how much your comments have helped me. You will never know.
Let me rephrase that you are
Pictures can be misleading…..
But I am back and I am pushing forward and that is what counts. I got through yesterday. I am getting through today.
So I guess it is time to explore all the new Blogs who have come into my path and give you all a MASSIVE SHOUT OUT for taking a chance on me.
Keep pushing forward. I swear your future self will be thankful . I know what keeps me well and what doesn’t..
Cream of the Planet-Sensual, Thoughtful, and Very Naughty A man who loves women. What is not to love ? 😀
Timkeen40’s Blog-Fiction and other stories by Tim Keen -Check out Tim’s book on Amazon AFTER HOURS- A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY TIM KEEN
The Teacup Library Cup of tea and an adventure anyone – A tea drinking ,Romantic ..
Just A Lady With A Blog – Genevieve has so much going on on her Blog. It’s a fun place to be. love this quote of hers. She has an epic attitude to Life.
You know when your a younger you and people will say “You can do anything you want if you believe in yourself and follow your heart.” Something along those lines. Well I interpreted that as “I can do anything and EVERYTHING ever!
ARNE’S COMFY COUCH CURRENT TOPICS – this is one Blog that is going to blow your mind.
Life to me is learning, accepting,trying, failing and trying again. Pushing through the struggles and allowing self to be a little dark, but not TOO dark
The Brighton Meow Cats Protection Brighton and District blog I am a Crazy cat lover. Support these incredible people
KIMBERLY STARR -This lady has my attention. She believes laughter can cure, Good vibes, inner Strength, coffee and sunshine! I’m loving it.
minibit of storytime – Mini ( not the mouse but the writer)
Finding merle- the time is now -eat the chocolate – Karen is amazing. She is full of positivity . I tend to run to Blogs like hers.
Mugilan Raju-Prime my subconscious, one hint at a time – A man with a lot of charisma and it shows in his Blogging
MAURAWORDPRESSBLOG – not much to see here yet. A start is great. Maura get Blogging. I want to know you 🙂
Zen and the Art of Everyday Living– a great Blog to learn to live in the moment. We all need to slow down and smell the flowers and become aware of our presence in reality.
living in stigma I have been following this lady’s Blog for many months. Love her blog and she kind of likes mine too now. What a compliment xxxx
Tarnished Soul Searching for Peace in a Tumultuous World– a Man trying to find a meaningful life. He is a bit like me. Totally wears his heart on his sleeve.
mommyrosebuds Asahela a 25 year old Mum . She had her child when she was 16 but she has such sass and attitude and personality. She can show us all how to live and be a great parent. She has an epic community going on too.
Coloring Outside the Lines traveling to little places, inside and outside of mind – the title alone of this Blog -resonates. Mark is a lover of Flash Fiction – something I am dying to do. Well travelled too.
Sweta Ojha A Personified Narrative : Defying Reality. Sketching Imageries. -Sweta’s Blog is ice candy crack. A journalist and a published novelist of a book THE LAST JOURNAL
Ever wondered what’s a personified version of the thin line that exists between imagination and reality?
jstnluu Justin. -A law degree student who happens to be crazy about fashion and all things creative. Justin is a deep thinker. He has a lot of interests and a curious mind.
ELLENBEST24 words and scribble. A writer…
My name is Ellen.
I am stronger than I seem; happier than I have ever been. I am a complex character who loves life. I Bathe in love, laughter and words. Words that I read and write, words that I swallow whole
BEYONDTHEHORIZON– another awesome Blogger who can’t make sense of the cruelty that people do to each other. Another deep thinker with a lot of soul and a lot to give.
The Self-Help Sucker Enlightenment by the Book -love the title. I seem to have found a bunch of thinkers/ philosophers this past week – well you found me and I love thinking outside the box. I am in good company. This dude reads all the self help books we can’t and tells us the best bits to take away with us. Awesome!
SPIRIT LEARNING never fade.
STUDY: THE UNIVERSE HIGHWAY
DEPARTMENT: SUCCESS WORLD HEREAFTER
Pretty Charms – Plenty of analyis,case studies and essays on mental health in a no jargony way
Shandra Eats Cook, Eat, Travel, and Be Merry!! It is all about the food! Food pawn alert!
SHELISHACAMPBELL has a poetry brain 🙂
518-SONGOFMYPEOPLE A town everyone hates, yet no one leaves… check it out. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this Blog. I have never come across one like it …
Bay art -BayArt with Science-based Practices for a Meaningful Life is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century. Let get your workbook today & join us LOVING THIS BLOG.
ClearDope-Success, Genius.. Becoming the best version of yourself. – Another awesome Blog about finding your purpose, self affirming and a great place to be to get into a great mind state.
Annas Art – FärgaregårdsAnna- OPEN MIND ART– To say Anna is talented is a slight under statement. I’m a huge fan of people who can draw and paint. I can’t. And she has a sense of humour too!
MY CHILD WITHIN- Healing from trauma Not as heavy going as the title- there is a lot of emphasis on Recovery and moving forwards in this Blog
I have started this website to share my personal story of recovery, healing and hope. I want to offer tips on how to cope with a special needs sibling and how to heal from narcissistic parental abuse. I also want to offer insight into how complicated the grieving and healing can be when recovering from chilhood abuse and neglect in the family. Mental health is very important to myself and others and people have to understand that it matters just as much as physical health.
MY ORDINARY LEGEND I CAN ONLY TELL YOU WHERE THE STORY STARTS AND TAKE YOU ALONG FOR THE RIDE Jessie was living in Germany for some time and started her thought journal when she went back home to the U.S.A. – She is pretty talented with what she can do when she has a camera in her hand
NOCTURNAL MOM -AN AMBIVERT SHARE-S THOUGHTS-A WORKING MOM’S LIFE- UPS,DOWNS AND ENDLESS LEARNING – Meg has been writing since she was 8 years old!
business with psychology I’m not to sure what is happening with this Blog yet but thank you for the follow all the same. Best of luck with developing your Blog 🙂
SHERRIEMIRANDA1- The wonderful world of writing Certainly has a sense of humour
SanoLovesWriters!!!!!!! Sano most definitely does!
JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING-MY JOURNEY THROUGH BPD AND DEPRESSION – Someone trying to make sense of her world
I dedicate this blog to everyone who shares one or both of these challenges. Or any mental health challenge for that matter. If someone manages to find their way here, and finds something valuable in my writing, or can relate to something, it will be worth it.
We might not always believe this, but there is hope. Like a lighthouse… It’s light can be seen shining during even the most turbulent of storms.