There is too much happening. A whole WEEK of emotion left unwritten and unprocessed. Screaming into a pillow later may well be on the cards. My phone notifications keep firing off their distracting chimes which grate my nerves like daggers. Silence please...and solitude. Is that too much for ask for? Mute. That's better. Eldest has … Continue reading MY MILKY WAY & ME



Oh my f*****g god. I literally can't believe the mood swings I've had, and all within the last few hours.....I have only recently stopped crying and that's only because I had to get my act together enough to collect my latest prescription. I'm an emotional WRECK today, and it isn't only due to the monster … Continue reading WHY I’M GLAD I RODE OUT [ANOTHER] CRISIS


This is my chance to big up my readers, yes YOU -the people who read Summer Starts to Shine. I am dead proud to have just nudged over the 800 follower mark. blinks I find this hard to believe actually. Next month I will be celebrating my first blog birthday of shine, and I can hardly believe it! The time … Continue reading THANK YOU!


I write this post with my feet still hovering several inches off the ground. [That isn't because I'm sitting typing this post while perched on an unusually tall chair] ;) .......It's actually because I'm still really happy and buzzy and nicely floaty after a couple of stimulating full-on but FABULOUS days. I don't have the mental capacity to … Continue reading THE GOLDEN GLOW


I smashed it today on my 10k mental health charity run for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind 🙌 A new personal best of 1 hr and 3 minutes! I pushed myself to my absolute physical limits and I couldn't be prouder! 💛💛💛 Will write more tomorrow...need a snooze now!! 😪 Will leave you with some doodles … Continue reading SMASH


Hello! I finally get to do my write-up of yesterday. WOWZER. I'm absolutely thrilled at my virgin experience of being interviewed for the telly. It went like an absolute dream and I'm still feeling super shiny and luminescent this morning....basking in 'dreams coming true-ness'. I'm trying to blog authentically here without caring how I sound, despite the fact there's … Continue reading WARM GLOW GUSHING


I feel proud to be a British citizen right now...for the simple reason that lately there has been an explosion of MENTAL HEALTHNESS all over the UK media. Everyday there is a mental health story in the top headlines, and rightly so.... As pointed out by the royals..."mental health underpins EVERYTHING" Last night was TV … Continue reading MIGHTY BLIGHTY