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Radical Acceptance

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I am working on it. I am. Acceptance is the root of mindfulness. Sometimes you’re happy, sometimes you’re sad. If you accept each state as it comes, without holding on to any state, then you have done it. You are being mindful.  You are at peace.

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What Is Success To You?

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Yes, bad stuff happens.  But, essentially, we are in control of our own lives.  With each healthy meal we eat, with each workout that we do, we are shaping the future we want – a future that will make us happy.  It is implicit, then, that success is completely subjective.

To me, success is having a healthy body and mind.  I’d like to help others.  I’d like to have financial freedom, and handle that with integrity.

What is success to you?

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It’s The Small Things

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Life can be confusing.  Looking after ourselves, looking after others.  Deciding our paths.  Deciding what socks to wear.  Dealing with heartbreak and loss.  Having to curb our more expensive or sweet food habits.  Fitting in exercise.  Staying well.  Loving, forgiving.  And sometimes, saying no.  It’s a minefield.

It is a constant path, working all that out.  It really is.  Thankfully as you get older, though, or as you learn more about your illness(es), it becomes easier, and you know roughly what you’re doing.

When things have got difficult, though, you find you can take solace in the small things; fresh sheets, a cup of hot chocolate.  Have a look and see what lovely things are around you today.

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It’s World Mental Health Day!

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I have bipolar. We all know that. But what I’d like to talk about is how wonderful the people around me are. I live in a building filled with people mentally and physically different from ‘normal’. They are truly and thoroughly some of the best people I have ever met. So understanding, so caring.

Don’t judge us or pity us. The only hardship we face is people that don’t care.

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E-Shop Coming Soon

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I am very excited to announce that I am collecting items to sell in an e-shop.  There will be a small merch-y clothing range with quotes on, and a book or two to buy.  You have to start somewhere.

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Speaking The Truth

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My mind was a mess as a young adult; I didn’t know who I was or what my beliefs were.  People pleasing was my life skill, it was how I’d made it to adulthood.  But now, in this real world I found myself in, there was a new challenge to face: being me.  But what was me?

Well, I had a breakdown, and tried to look at it from every angle.  I looked at reality and tried to make that absolute too.  It worries me a little to this day.

But what I realised, in increments, is that it’s okay to be a little unsure.  Everything you’re experiencing is ok.  So long as you’re honest, at least with yourself, about it.

Honesty is the only way to de-tangle a brain.  Go on, give it a go.

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Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up

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The last few weeks have been horrendous.  Appalling.  Someone close to me got an upswing in their BiPolar, leaving me feeling alone.  My friend died – unexplainably painful and earth shaking, and then I realised my ex boyfriend was still a psychopath (literally), so I gave him the boot.  It has been an intense few weeks.

I got through though, and to do so I used these words: ‘Get up, dress up, show up.’

That was all I had, and it was all I could do.  So I did it, and got through.

Thanks again blog and bloggers, for still being here when my head returned to positive.  Big love to everyone out there.

xxx

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Learning From Your Mistakes Is Great

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I suffer with perfectionism… big time.  I am trying to write a book at present, and I keep stalling.  I fear it will never get done, I fear it won’t be good enough.  The thing is, if I don’t start, the first will be true, and I’ll never learn how to bring a book from idea to conception.

The fact is, starting is learning. Making mistakes is learning.  I have the feeling I will have to keep telling myself that, but I’m sort of excited now I know I’m allowed to make mistakes.