Finally, I can breathe. The house sighs with relief, just as I do. There is quiet. There is calm. There is me, just me, and the keys. There are notebooks and neat piles of paper in organised rows that prove my recent productiveness. Finally I can come up for air, and tell you what life … Continue reading HUMAN AFTERALL
Good morning! I have lots of good stuff to publish today...and I am actually in a half decent mood, (which considering my recent mental health crisis is pretty epic!) I did some sharpie doodling this morning whilst chatting on and off to lovely humans (via the online social beauty that is Facebook messenger). I sent … Continue reading #4 of 20. BREAKTHROUGH!
Has anyone seen real life? I think I must have mislaid it down the back of the sofa or something, because I can't for the life of me locate real life. Real life has become unreal chaos. I am busy. Not at all centred. Floaty. Overwhelmed. Confused. I haven't been normal since Wednesday, or maybe, if … Continue reading REAL LIFE?
Everyone has heard of PTSD. But not everyone had heard of PTSS (most probably because I literally just made it up!). On my email signature I describe myself as a 'mental health blogger of post-traumatic sparkle' @summerstartstoshine etc, and ''PTSS' is the new phenomenon that I totally just made up, which is essentially a fancier and sparklier way … Continue reading Post-Traumatic SPARKLE
This is a blog about post-traumatic SHINE. Post-traumatic shine is my word for post-traumatic growth....Post-traumatic growth is actually "a thing".... It is a proven thing that psychologists have written about in psychological texts for a considerable length of time. One day, when I'm less busy, I'll research it myself and write a decent post on … Continue reading EAGLE OR PIGEON?
This is an offloading therapeutic post. About how [some] people react to me. You'll notice from the blog address that this blog started out as SUMMER STARTS TO SHINE....it was then pointed out I was progressing really well and already post-traumatically shining, so it was changed to the very positive summerSHINES. Judging on some recent feedback, … Continue reading PSEUDO-KIND
Last evening I had cause to skip about like an excitable spring lamb after a very enjoyable hour and a half jogging past the lambs in the fields adjacent to the quiet country lanes I explored on my run. "The word 'enjoyable' and the phrase 'an hour and a halfs run' did not surely just appear in the … Continue reading RUNNING MENTALITY
A friend sent me the link to this clip from Chariots of Fire this morning, and tells me the slow-mo running sequence of the men sprinting through the waves was filmed at Bamburgh :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSav51fVlKU I can't put a number on how many times I've walked along the shoreline at Bamburgh over recent years, never once realising the … Continue reading NOT EVEN A SAND CASTLE
This is a simple idea I came up with to prompt blog post writing. Simply write alternate sentences about the things that are niggling in your mind causing you grief...things that you tell yourself you should or shouldn't be doing...here are mine....hopefully you'll try your own xxx I should drink more water I shouldn't obsess … Continue reading #SHOULD/NOT
Yesterday I had an idea-today it is closer to being a reality! I'm currently getting feedback from my advisors (aka my friends) on business names for my new personal coaching summerSHINES sideline. Woop! As if it isn't enough to blog, be a media volunteer for national Mind, work on local fundraising projects, write books, and attempt to create … Continue reading SHINE COACHING
I am going to be doing some different things on my blog to switch things up a bit. This blog is an evolving living thing-far more than just the nuts and bolts of WordPress templates, domains, widgets and JPEGS that constitute it. This blog is an extension of me and my inner world which I … Continue reading INFLUENCE
Canvasses come in many shades of blank. Sometimes you start painting a picture and you realise it's not flowing- not working- not looking right when you take a moment to step back. This is what happened with me. I was considering a job application for something locally. I thought it'd be perfect, all I wanted-until … Continue reading SHINE UNLIMITED?
This is a very brief update blog. I've been off wordpress today because I'm focusing on something called "everyday life". It's an unusual concept but it just might work ;) That said, life isn't that particularly everyday or ordinary at the moment. It's actually extraordinary. I've been planning my radio interview and writing the first … Continue reading THE BRIGHT SIDE
I look forward to seeing your #sunday sharpies 🙌🙌🙌 Summer 😊
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x__LXpUgok Who represents the sunlight in your life? Who radiates quality pure energy? Who do you feel cleansed and revitalised after talking to? Who in your circle turns a grey cloud day into a clear air fresh horizon day? People DO have these super powers. It's not cheesy-I haven't read too many philosophy/spirituality books. It's … Continue reading SUNLIGHT