Real Talk

#Dear Mind

16th May 2019

Trigger Publishing asked if I wanted to get involved with their #DearMind campaign for Mental Health Awareness week. #DearMind You are my worst critic. You are my meanest friend. Why do you become clouded so often? Why do you trick me into believing that I am alone? Fat? Worthless? Stupid? I try to ignore you, […]

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You’re so brave

14th April 2019

A lot of people say to me “you’re so brave, for having lost your Dad and doing x and y and z” or the revised version of “You’re so brave.” I can listen to strangers or friends talk about their Dad, or cancer, or tumours. I can go into a hospital, a ward, a hospice. […]

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Clearing the Clouds

27th March 2019

This is a personal essay I wrote as a presentation for my Masters in Creative Writing. It focuses on my experience of depression, or as it called it, my brain clouds or brain fog. Clearing the Clouds            “I can always tell the type of day you’re having by your hair.” My stiff student support officer […]

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Make your own luck

22nd February 2019

If you achieve your dream career, or can afford a beautiful home, or achieve something you’ve been striving for you’re often told that you’re lucky. Out of millions of people trying to be or do x or y, you’ve done it. You’re the lucky one, or are you? In essence they’re removing some of the […]

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Love Yo’self

14th February 2019

Yes like it or not, it’s Valentine’s Day. I personally love V day, single or in a relationship, it is a time to treat yo’self to some love, and it’s also a strong reminder to appreciate the people you love. Yes, we shouldn’t need a reminder, and a 99p card and a rose doesn’t equate […]

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Just Keep Swimming

23rd January 2019

January is the month we dive head first into everything; fitness, health, work, personal goals, organising and decluttering our life. It’s the time when we all simultaneously try and do everything we want to. For me, this is what that has looked like so far: Wake up, Sudoku, shower, breakfast, make my salad for lunch, […]

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A Functional Sad Day 

8th October 2018

You’ve probably read the title thinking I’m sorry, what? Well my peaches, if you’d told me 5 years ago I’d feel sad sometimes (about life, but also relating to losing my Dad) but then get over it and get on with my day, I would have been like, Sure thing Susan and returned to my Friends-filled-hibernation. […]

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Life post-uni: Anxiety

16th July 2018

University brought so many amazing things into my life, as well as hangovers, many an existential crisis and my awareness of the price of food. It also brought some other lil things, like friends, parties, mems for life and sadly brain fog & its gal pal anxiety. I’d never really had anxiety beforehand, not like I’d […]

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Loneliness encourages Loneliness

6th June 2018

For me the hardest thing about feeling lonely is admitting it to myself, and to others. I can never bring myself to say, “please could we meet up today, as I’m feeling quite lonely”. I avoid doing it at all costs, even though I know from experience it always helps. I don’t like to admit […]

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