TRIGGER WARNING- THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC AND UNFILTERED EYE-OF-THE-STORM WRITING ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE AND EMOTION OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPE, AND EXPLOITATION. ONLY READ WITH CAUTION IF YOU FEEL IN AN EMOTIONALLY STRONG PLACE. Eye of the storm. Every thought and feeling and pulse inside my head is dialled up. Sorry love; too fucked for … Continue reading PLEASE, VERY SOON *TW
I'm sharing a piece I wrote recently for a FAB website which I was kindly invited to contribute to. It is a piece of writing I am actually really proud of! Although I write everyday in some form, usually via my summerSHINES social media pages on Faceboook and Instagram, I like the challenge of writing … Continue reading ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
Good morning internet! This is a different kind of post for me in topic, but as usual mental health will be the planet that this novel topic orbits around; as mental health and wellbeing is the thing that everything about me hinges on; (probably because I am always looking for ways to improve it, rather … Continue reading STYLE & BODY IMAGE – DE-JUNKED
5mg diazepam is popped to restore my inner peace Feeling lonely here wrapped up like a burrito in this lambswool one-woman fleece Today I'm full of pain; it's the same old same old same The trauma tiger may well look friendly but it's wild and un-tamed Every morning as the light bounces sun ray patterns … Continue reading POEM- HALLOWEEN SNAKES
This is a blog about self-care. I titled it "HOW I STAY SANE" because that's what self-care actually is! It's a damn good effective way of staying SANE! It's a way of navigating the choppy waters of living with more grace, more control and more mastery. People who adopt self-care as a practise are not … Continue reading HOW I STAY SANE.Vol 1.
An authentic vlog about getting through the shitty times in life. Candid, unfiltered and hopeful :) https://youtu.be/c5D7e7SDe7s #summerSHINES
I'm not sure what to blog about today but know I feel an intense need to write something. It seems like every blog I post these days begins with an apology for how I haven't been blogging much lately! I guess I'm finding it hard to juggle all the things I need to do, with … Continue reading PRECARIOUS
I publish this post one week(ish) since WORLD Mental Health Day 2018, as it is only now I am recovering from the whirlwind of my recent busyness to sit and write! I firmly believe that while it is absolutely BRILIANT that we are encouraged as a whole world to focus on the concept of mental … Continue reading WMHD2018
**Trigger warning- the following post may be upsetting to those with a history of childhood abuse & family breakups. This is an extremely important post, so I hope you know this isn't a run-of-the-mill one you can just skim read or skip over. I'll introduce this post by sharing what I just shared on my … Continue reading LIAR LIAR
Today (12th October), after much preparation and psyching myself up, I have officially re-launched my summerSHINES studio business over on Etsy. YESSSS! Here is a bit about me and what I'm doing, taken from my summerSHINES social media channels (Facebook & Instagram) :)………………… Hello and welcome to a new future of inspiration, laughter, and colour-filled … Continue reading POST-RELAPSE summerSHINES RELAUNCH!
I write about mental health from day-to-day. It isn't an unusual thing for me to venture into these waters-most-murky. I don't feel the societal stigma to any huge degree, or at least if I do, I've got very well accustomed to it. I'm a mental health blogger you see which means mental health is an … Continue reading MENTAL HEALTH, UN-MASKED
Hello and welcome to the first of a few posts for World Mental Health Day 2018 (which is tomorrow). I titled this piece 'small world big problems' and I suppose on first glance it isn't the most positive of blog titles ever written (!) but what I mean by this is our world, I think, … Continue reading SMALL WORLD BIG PROBLEMS
This is my attempt at a meander through my forest of tangled up thoughts surrounding the upcoming loss of my current therapist. Yesterday I saw her. I faced my rising fear. Everything was the same, yet I was so different. Knowing the ending is coming made me think feel and act very different to usual. … Continue reading DIFFERENT BUT BETTER
This is a important blog about mental illness, mental wellness, taboo and society. It contains my personal reflections, and I would be very interested to hear yours, so please leave me comments and share this blog if you think it would interest others. Thanks. Words matter a lot I think, and this generalisation applies more … Continue reading MENTALLY ILL OR MENTALLY HEALTHY?
For a mental health/trauma recovery blog I suppose this is one of my more unusual blog titles! 'What the hell does the primary coloured yellow and blue Scandi warehouse have to do with recovery or wellbeing?' you might ask. Well this is a post about wellbeing, about nostalgia, and about grounding yourself as a human … Continue reading IKEA TIMEWARP