Tag Archives: Positive Mental Health

Life Lately … Losing my Dad

A recent bereavement put me on blogging hiatus. I’ve been grieving the loss of my dad. Diagnosed with cancer before Christmas we lost him on the first of March. Exactly a year since my spinal surgery, I’m still reeling from the roller-coaster of 2016/17.  Tongue tied, I’ve felt like I couldn’t carry on and blog […]

Goals and Good Intentions for 2017

Speaking for all of us, 2016 was a “challenging” year. It certainly had its highs and lows. My big positives were successful spinal surgery and finding employment in Higher Education again. But seismic losses in the pop-culture firmament meant I lost a hero, politics locally and globally took a turn for the worse, and on a personal level serious health issues […]

Seasons Greetin- A Melancholy Christmas Playlist

I’m one of those people who struggles at Christmas. This holiday period makes me feel sad, nostalgic, lonely and a little lost. Good job Xmas tunes are so cheerful then, eh? Oh wait- What?! If you have Scots heritage you might know that ‘Greetin‘ also means crying. So why don’t you pop on this playlist and join me […]

Declutter your Digital Life – Why I’m hitting ‘Unsubscribe’.

Minimalism is an idea that has risen to prominence in 2016. Although there are conflicting opinions on what Minimalism is, and why you should try it. And while ‘internet minimalism’ looks a lot like an alternative lifestyle trend, I believe true minimalism has ties to mindfulness and living intentionally. I particularly like the attitude of YouTuber Anthony Ongaro of ‘Break the […]

Defining Success

Reconsidering your Ideas of Success?

While exploring the idea of ‘re-framing failure‘ I must also examine the flip-side, and consider ‘redefining success’. Since I’m much quicker at assigning failure, I realised I don’t really know what success looks like for me… So what does success look like for you? For some people success comes in the form of achievement,  for others it’s praise and external validation, others see […]

Love-Art-Depression

A writer and artist in recovery…?

In my blog manifesto, I mentioned being a writer and artist in ‘recovery’, ostensibly from my time spent as craft entrepreneur.  It was one of the most painful episodes in my life, culminating in depression and crippling anxiety. Like Matt Haig said in his essay on depression and Christmas– “Depression often occurs when it looks […]

Books on Business of Being an Artist

5 books on the Business of being an Artist

Who or what is an Artist? A sticky question. But, in my opinion an artist is anyone who thinks differently, possibly deeply, and is compelled to communicate. The main difference between an amateur artist and a professional, is that one is being paid. But being paid is not what makes you an artist. Ultimately, you are an artist […]

My Make-up geek custom palette

On Make-up collecting and Mental Health

This is not a beauty blog but I’ve been sharing my love of cosmetics here lately. Because make-up has always been a thing of joy in my life. I still fondly recall my first products and looks I wore in the past. And Make-up brings out the collector in me. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for […]

Brand vs Indentity- Can Labels Hurt?

I recently wrote about the difficulties of finding a name; for your self,  your online projects or even your business venture. Following on, I wanted to discuss one of the aspects I found hardest about working as a freelance creative, namely building a brand, and how extremely limiting that can be. Most books like ‘Brand You‘ are all […]

Emergency Spinal surgery-post op recovery

Emergency Spinal Surgery and Post-op recovery

So,  my life took a dramatic turn recently. An MRI scan investigating my chronic back pain picked up a dangerously displaced disc pressing on some vital nerves… I wish you could see my MRI images, black and white x-rays showing horizontal and vertical cross-sections of my spine. Every single medical professional that laid eyes on them reacted the same way. Basically with a “Uh-oh. That’s […]

Lessons from Living with chronic pain

Lessons from Living with Chronic Pain

I wanted to talk about living with pain. I’ve been in chronic pain now for 6 months, that’s half a year already. It’s sciatic pain caused by a bulging disc in my lower back, and it effects my entire right leg. Actually, it effects my entire life; from poor quality sleep, to poor concentration, frustration and clumsiness, to issues with […]

Where are you from-Spaceman Cambridge Street Performer

About being Different – ‘Where are you from?’

Firstly let me say in some places, it’s not very hard to be ‘different’. In the extremely white small town I grew up in because I was swarthy and tanned as a kid, I got called ‘Half-cast’, ‘Chinky’, and later ‘French’. Simply because my skin was yellow-toned rather than the typical milk-bottle white. This is anecdotal […]

Red Hair 90s style buns

Happy Hair Colour Accidents: New Year- New Hair 2016

It’s becoming a tradition that  I change my hair for the holidays.  Xmas and New Year can be a bit emotional and I often feel low. But it helps to remember these feelings are temporary. Now I’m aware of my mid-winter ‘wobble’ I anticipate it. Now I change my hair on purpose, not in the emotional knee-jerk/radically irreversible way I used to. This […]

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Why I love Make-up!

As a child in the 80’s I grew up believing cosmetics were as amazing on men as women.  Bowie and Toyah blew my mind tiny five-year-old mind, with their astounding looks and brightly dyed hair. Luckily growing up, my oldest sister was a ‘beauty counter girl’ at the department store. Testers and samples were abundant, and my early exposure to cosmetics was […]

Genie meets Classic Trek

Boldly Going – resolutions for the New Year

I’m not a fan of the phrase ‘New Years resolutions’ but sometimes its helpful to set yourself goals or guidelines in life. Here are five of mine for 2015.

Pink Holiday Hair

Pink Holiday Hair & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to my first post of 2015, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing some pics of my pink Holiday Hair! I’m notorious for making terrible hair decisions in January. I don’t know if it’s because my winter S.A.D is in full swing but I often feel down around Xmas and New Year resulting […]