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



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?


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 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


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 :) 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 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


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