Reach Out

It's so close you can taste it. You can see the possibility solidifying into a reality, just a little way ahead, but it's fragile: fuzzy and fluctuating like a mirage in the desert heat. But it's there. You could make it real. You have to reach out and grasp hold of that dream. You have [...]

Finding Happiness

Today is International Happiness Day. I have been thinking a lot about happiness recently; I think I am generally a happy sort of person. I have a wonderful life and there are many things in my everyday that make me very happy indeed. I also sometimes feel profoundly unhappy, for no discernible reason, and subsequently [...]

The Joy of A Moment

Yesterday, I walked in the spring sunshine with snow swirling round me on a wintry wind. I watched my spaniel companion try to catch snowflakes in her mouth and leap amongst the tussocks with sheer joy and abandon. I had taken my kindle with me because I was so engrossed in my current read (A [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk, Now

It's easy to be too busy Or say It's not the right time To worry that you'll make it worse So you accept their fumbled "Fine." It's hard to find the moment For hearing truth And depth But really we're just finding excuses To keep ourselves Deaf To all the pain that gathers When people [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Reads – Anxiety Journal

This is just a quick little recommendation, as I've only just come across it myself but thought it still seemed worth a share. The Anxiety Journal is actually something my lovely husband found and suggested to me, and I'm so glad he did. It is another beautifully presented book, very simply formatted, with lots of [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Switching Off

Sometimes, all is noise: Busy Bustling Chaos. The mad rush from here to There. The happy buzz, The anxious struggle, The beeping, bleeping, never ending Asks and answers, Frets and favours, Coffee percolating, Email answering, Frantic searching, Forgot what I was doing, Hamster-wheeling, Plate spinning Noise. And sometimes There is Silence. JH It seems a [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk About The Borderlands

This is a piece of writing I did when I was struggling, torn back and forth between being overwhelmed by negative thoughts and striving to remember the good and hold onto hope. It's about being in the borderlands between dark and light and finding a way out. I have shared it on here before but [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Coping

Image found here. This is a post I shared three years ago that I thought was worth re-sharing, with a few tweaks. I've mentioned some little things that can be helpful in coping with bad days. There's one thing in particular that I have found helps me cope with anxiety and ward off depression. The [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Creating Opportunities

In order to encourage more open conversations around mental health, and breakdown the stigma surrounding it, we all need to take responsibility for creating opportunities where those conversations can occur. There are so many ways to do that but right now I'm going to share with you one of my favourites that is currently happening [...]

2017’s Top Ten(ish) Books

I did not read as many books in 2017 as I would have liked. In fact, I was a whole 20 books of meeting my Goodreads challenge! In spite of that, 2017 was a really good reading year and I discovered some new favourite authors and some new favourite books. I can never pick ONE [...]