40 before 40, mental health, Thoughts

Head stands and bridges

It is easy to take our body for granted and focus on what we would love to change about it, but more fun to embrace it and focus on what you wouldn't change for the world! I had a difficult relationship with my body for a long time. For years and I literally mean years,… Continue reading Head stands and bridges

mental health, Thoughts

Sharing stories 

Anyone observing my outside life day-to-day might assume that I do a great job pulling together the different strands in the fabric of my life. I am balancing work, study, family life, volunteering and running a home and most of the time I do it with a smile and lots of enthusiasm. My inside life,… Continue reading Sharing stories 

Life in New Zealand, mental health

Why I am making May 2017 simply marvellous..

May 2016 was a low point for me because it was when I finally admitted that I was struggling to the extent that I needed to go back on medication. I sat on the floor of the bathroom and cried angry, scared tears because I didn't know how I was going to get through the… Continue reading Why I am making May 2017 simply marvellous..

Life in New Zealand, mental health, Reflecting

Stuck in traffic 

Lately I have spent a lot of time in traffic. My commute into the city is easily taking an hour most mornings and I spend a lot of time not moving at all. My natural tendency is to get stressed out when I am stuck like this as I worry about being late for work,… Continue reading Stuck in traffic 

mental health, Reflecting

Why I don’t find anti-Trump memes very funny…

When I was 15 I had to write an autobiography for an English assignment. I started it off by describing my appearance in a way that only someone with serious body confidence issues would. I described my greasy skin, very wobbly bits, big nose and lank hair so vividly and with such rawness that I recall… Continue reading Why I don’t find anti-Trump memes very funny…

mental health, Recipes, The Fun Project

Give your brain a boost

In my quest to have more fun and to get creative, I have been trying out some new ideas in the kitchen. I am also trying this year to replace my dependency on sugary snacks with more nutritious options and so lately I have been making a lot of these little balls of sweetness and goodness.… Continue reading Give your brain a boost

mental health, Reflecting

What are your goals for 2017?

I have always admired the character of Josephine March in Little Women. When I was a little girl I took great solace in her confession that she was hopelessly flawed and was inspired by her honest and very real struggle to be the person she really wanted to be. It is a struggle that I… Continue reading What are your goals for 2017?

mental health, Reflecting

A light in the darkness 

I know first hand that Christmas is not always a season of joy. When you are suffering with depression, the pressure to be happy and festive can be a challenging burden to carry. Social gatherings can be a nightmare to navigate when you are struggling with anxiety and the abundance of food, feasting and alcohol… Continue reading A light in the darkness