How Can I Support You?

My mum is having a Christmas party today.  As excited as I am to see friends and family, I have to admit I find these things a bit of a trial.  Old memories become fresh again, etc.  This time, however, I have approached it slightly differently. ‘How can I support you?’  I asked my mum.…

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Facebook Addiction

The turning point was when I realised I was looking at more pictures of cats on Facebook than I was spending time with my growing kitten. It was actually hurting the ones I loved.  And I love my cat more than anything. She has transformed my life; made me who I am today.  So why…

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Making Cupcakes, Making Joy

Baking cakes is amazing,  Your kitchen likes it, your dog likes it, your gran likes it. There are three easy steps: First you put on an apron; protection is all important. Second, you make a mess, and enjoy it. Third, you give the finished product out to all your friends/family/neighbours. People light up when you give them…

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Genuine

I’m reading a book called ‘I Love Dick’ by Chris Kraus. It is not in fact a pornographic word-fest, but a real and essential account of infatuation; and of being a woman today. What role do women have within the love story?  Do they degrade themselves by meeting society’s stereotypes to be desirable?  I love that…

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Positive Gnarly

When in the middle of a mental health episode, I find it hard to accept myself. My friend recently described me as another level of positive.  I am.  But I have some very dark moments too. He also called me gnarly.  I will take that. Sometimes it’s hard to just be yourself, but even when…

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Intuition

One of the main things I have learned during my journey is to listen to my intuition; my gut. The more I listen to it, the better things seem to go health and mental health-wise. I also have a rule that keeps impulsive behaviour at bay:  if you’re not sure don’t do it.

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Games People Play

This is an amazing book written by Eric Berne in 1963.  While a little outdated and completely male-centric, as well as routed in Western culture, at least the book admits games will change along-side the socio-cultural landscape: ‘new games are continually being discovered’ (Berne 1963:61).  I would love to see culturally specific versions of this…

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