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Confessional poetry -Anxiety

*inspired by a work exercise I had to do for my bibliotherapy course- WORD PROMPT -ANXIETY*

Loss of control
Increased numerical equation
Detract from the value of self-worth.

Mind full
Mind bloated

Aspirations snipped loose by an unearthly, scale driven puppet master
Reduces an entire psyche to a chemical embarrassment.

Good mood desires nourishment
the live to eat philosophy
A heavy burden the beast bears herded in
restricted to forage on cashing out a societal life policy.

A one manned island
ravaged
to its hunger

I want to know the reason why

I should be working but I have a lot going on in my head. One of those things is the chorus to this song:

Everybody’s gotta live,  and everybody’s gonna die  

Everybody’s gotta live before you know the reason why…..

It’s an upbeat song. It’s a song that makes me think about all the times I want to hide under my bed and not be noticed, it is a song plays out an inner conflict between my fears and my dreams.

It is a song that helps me keep on at my dreams by turning them into goals.

It’s scary for me to commit to anything. I am the person who when I say – Yes. That is it. There is no turning back.

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GET YOUR ASS BACK IN THE LIFE GAME.

Hell might raise the roof off  my mind but I will work through the pain. I do it by doing everything  that screams:

 But I don’t wanna………

I think:

Daisy, how can you seriously think you can help people learn to manage their own lives and issues when I am a walking calamity on automatic?  

Well, that’s the thing.

These days, I may have more knowledge and skills of how to manage my problems and thoughts and feelings.

Does that mean I am suddenly cured?

Perfect?

Hell, no!

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This is the thought equivalent to the sleazy pickup line, I don’t need to hear in my own mind.

I do have a system in place that helps me manage stressful times, my illness, me.

Why can’t I be accessing things I know make me well before the government says you are dying – now we will admit you to a hospital?

No, I know how to stay out of the hospital – I know how to be as healthy as I can be when it gets a bit rough.

 I reach out.

There are a bunch of people who I will be working with for the next 14 weeks and I may have some uncomfortable moments.

If I am maintaining my health with support and need to drink a nutritional shake to get the energy I need to carry out what I want to do, people need to accept that and challenge their own ideas about Mental and Physical wellbeing.

Just because I am not 100% healthy ( I don’t think I have ever been 100% healthy or will be) doesn’t mean I have to hide away from the world and be ashamed.

My illness is not me. It is a part of me and because I have a Wellness Recovery Action Plan of my own, I know how to recognize when I am well, not so well, falling off the wagon, or possibly need support to pick me up.

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I have a plan. I know people get ill and people get well.

Do I think I can pull this MA off?    I’m half way there.

I had a mini meltdown last night because my tutor won’t engage with me in the forum (especially when I  felt I needed professional input) – I turned to other writers in the forum and yes, they helped a bit.

 Would my life be better if my Tutor didn’t hold a grudge against me because I am asking for my TMA1 to be reassessed?  Yes.

Would it be easier to back down and compromise my values and beliefs?    Easy for who?

 

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I’ve signed up to do an 8-week acting program in Leeds – in the hope, it will be a refresher to the acting degree I did in 2009-11. I was a different person then- with a whole lot of different problems at that time.

 I want the chance to use this opportunity to help inform my writing for my MA and any future work I do, I also want to give myself a confidence booster for when I  get anxious about public speaking.

Yes, it may look like I am super confident on the outside. I know about how to communicate nonverbal signs that indicate I’m okay. I know what to say to myself to psyche myself up.

In public, I can do an amazing impression of someone with confidence and flair – a lot of us do.

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What is wrong with people knowing that in private that sometimes I’m in tears, don’t want to leave the house, my husband hugs me till I feel safe again?

 I doubt myself, think of giving up.

Does that mean I will give up or fall apart?

My aim is, to stay as well as I can and reach my goals and achieve them.

I will do my best to make sure I damn well achieve them.

Don’t you find it strange how, one minute, the world can seem to fall in on itself and then a couple of hours later, a little fire sparks up and blazes up your entire being?

It’s that little bit of hope.

Hope means: it is possible.

It also means I/we need to work hard to achieve our goals, get scared and have that awkward conversation and feel the anxiety and stay with it.

It also means we get to experience the times when we are “in” the moment, laughing, listening to others, learning, seeing what we can do when we just do it.

No one said life is easy. I have screamed this at the world hundreds of times:

I NEVER ASKED TO BE BORN! 

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I’m still here.

You are.

Whatever shit we have done that should or could have been the moments when it all flatlines- isn’t here- yet.

Yes, I will die one day. So you will you.

Whatever your beliefs about the afterlife – they are yours. If they comfort you – keep them.

If they help you put one foot in front of the other- use your faith, and your beliefs to be your best champion.

It’s so fucking cheesy, I know. ( face in palm) I feel like one of those square sandwich cheese melts.

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My point is this:   it takes courage to decide to live, it takes a lot of courage to decide to take or consider ending our  own life.

Like the song goes: while I’m here I want to know why I’m here.

I can only do that by living life.

I don’t want to merely exist. I want to look back and go – it makes sense now.

These are my words.

Have a great week all.

DAISY XOXO

Here’s the song.

 P.S. and here is a poem I discovered when I was about 13/14 years old. I have used it and read it and carried it with me for over 15 years to see me through some pretty fucked up times.

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Live it. Sing it. Own it.

HOLA!

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I’m currently on a mission to find balance and instead of posting any old shit. I just want to let you know where the 4-D me is and what I am doing.

I’m still around in the virtual world – mostly in spirit.

I’m levelling up,in  the big, real world.

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I will still be around to:

  • Work hard so I can Play even harder

  • Read  as many of your posts as humanly possible

  • Eventually, do my shout outs  and Thank you’s.- end of the week is my aim.

  • Make sure I get some time with my little girl – squeeze in a bed- time story

  • Share my blog stuff – when I can.

  •  Complete my  WRAP  –  training starts  tomorrow. (9-5pm)

  • Get my first year of my Masters down in CW -click HERE for more info 

  • Get my one of a kind vintage piece accessories sold and banked in el Banco. 

  • Be a good wife- be present when my name gets called out on the ‘I’m present’  register. 

  • Other

Wish me luck on my new adventures. I will have so much to tell you.

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If you want to look this good dancing – it requires hard worker,a sense of humor and movement.

 

 

I’m going to be a WRAPPER– in a way, I never thought possible.

Snoop Dogg lip synching has got nothing on this.

I’m not going to lie. I am terrified of these new doors I have found the key to.

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UNTIL THE FEAR PASSES  ‘MAKE BELIEVE’ 

 

This is my ‘I  can do this song’

I also know that when something scares the crap out of me. It is worth doing.

Everytime.

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Stay sweet.

Stay awesome.

Stay Bold.

Stay Sassy.

You are in competition with no one but your own bad ass self!

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There is a finish line – glory, success, honour, redemption, life, love, happiness, goals achieved.

See you on the other side?

I sure as hell , hope so.

You got this.

Catch up soon.

If you need to email me – do!

daisyinthewillows@yahoo.co.uk

YOLO ( only once that I know of in this world )

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love Daisy ❤ ❤ ❤ 

One more song  to keep you and me on the right path – the good path.

Why?

It makes me smile and happy.

 

 

The indulgent wool gatherer

Follow Great Footsteps- Goals

“A person WILL worship something. Have no doubt about that.We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our heart,but it will out.That which dominates our imaginations and thoughts will determine our lives and our character.Therefore it behoves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” -Ralf Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) #FollowGreatFootsteps

WHY HAVE I CHOSEN THIS COMMENT?

There are a lot of goals I am aiming for this year. Some goals have carried over  from last year. I thought a big one would be on it’s legs by now. I , like most people put oodles of passion into my goals.

Lately things have gone from me being super positive to negative.

There are going to be times when the road we are on suddenly gets bumpy and can even seem  to be invisible.

I’ve been on a path and unintentionally allowed myself to get drawn into a situation that needs fixing.

I look back  at the path and it appears like  someone has been following me with a sweeping up  brush .

I can’t go back.

If I  do. I will get lost and I don’t want to become lost.

Thankfully all the issues in relation to this goal has  finally come to a point where I will have to face the consequences of my actions and express my perspective and  thoughts.

The difference between me a few years ago to who I am now: is I can step out of the negative bubble.

I can see other avenues to reach my goals. I can still go forward. I have to sort out this issue but I have self respect, compassion, insight, good intentions, the willingness to apologise for where I went wrong and the ability to look to the future.

Don’t sell yourself out for whatever it is you dream about or want. Tell yourself you are going to get to your destination.

Remember the power of our  thoughts and what we perceive in our minds   can  manifest in to reality and take over take our lives.

No one is perfect xxx