I write to recover. From what?
Panic attacks, self-harm, feelings, starving myself, eating, being a mom who feels guilty about making so many boo-boos ( big ones).
This blog became a storage place for all my passions.
I found by giving my time to learning new skills and committing myself to build a community within my blog and outside it, I learned new skills, became confident to try out new techniques and write about different content.
I started coming up with ideas for writing by choosing a motivational quote and expanding on why I chose the quote & what it meant to me. This led me to ask other bloggers to submit a quote & I was able to find more bloggers to connect with.
In the early blogging days, I dedicated many hours to this blog & I did daily shout outs & accepted blog awards.
I’m a person who needed to find alternative coping mechanisms to live. Like most people, I’ve had traumatic experiences. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. Some of my posts relating to my journey can be found here:
This blog started me on a journey when I was fighting the justice system to get my daughter back in my care.
I went on to do my B.A. and a postgraduate degree in the Humanities -majoring in myth in the Greek & Roman worlds & Creative writing ( stage plays and fiction genres) came naturally to me.
After another 7 month stint in an eating disorder clinic (2007). I was reintegrated into my community & I needed to occupy my mind and fill my time. I enrolled in a college foundation degree in Acting performance. It was a challenge for me.
I was ill, afraid to talk to people but I stuck it out. When I was going through fighting social services for my 12-week old daughter. I found the strength to fight back.
I am passionate about animals
I found it easier to write free flow and stream of consciousness. It was the best way to get anything down.
When I decided to experiment with Stream of Consciousness writing eventually I expanded on my writing, started to revise some of my works & I started writing different content EXPERIMENTAL POETRY
I call it Borderline or In -yer -face poetry
My definition of borderline poetry
‘ poetry that is blatant, honest, provocative ,emotional and not pretty or fancy or written to hide reality. ‘
I started going to Spoken word open mic nights & started expressing myself in different mediums.
My love of music & writing has led me to teach myself how to write music song /genre reviews. I’ve interviewed a few musicians too.
I’m the Black sheep in my Dad’s family. I decided to claim a new archetype to empower me. Goats are smart and there is the acronym
My blog helps me prepare workshops to deliver & co-produce sessions with mental health charities.
I use this blog for creating positive mental health awareness/wellbeing and anti-stigma projects.
I am a trained co-facilitator for WRAP -Wellness Recovery Action Plan. by Elen Copeland.
This is a place where I found acceptance by speaking from my heart. I found folk who had never met, commenting &encouraging me to keep writing.
I became unwell again. That happens in life.
I’ve used this blog as a self-help technique to deal with major life traumas like my gran dying from dementia and my aunt a year later from cancer.
I’ve used this blog to try and communicate unreciprocated feelings to my father & rant about why he won’t love me.
Self-expression is necessary for mental wellbeing.
I enjoy connecting with folks, creating content by myself or with others. I enjoy sharing information. I like to see myself as someone who is creative
I figured if I start writing about my thoughts and experiences – regularly, I may stop over analyzing and over criticizing myself.
I have made a few friends and gained some new perspective and interests.
I write for myself first and foremost & then if I find it helps others that is a bonus.