Here & Now

Outside my window… the sky is a bruised grey and sends down a smattering of rain - the first in a few days. Everything seems sleepy. My own reluctance to leave my cosy bed echoed in the world outside. I am thinking… about how different life has been these last couple of months and how [...]

The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]

The Singing Ache – #mundanemiracle

I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Tarcher Perigee to help promote Tyler Knott Gregson's latest book Miracle In The Mundane. I have loved Tyler’s work since I first stumbled across his iconic typewriter series and was incredibly excited for the release of his latest work. Miracle In The Mundane offers something [...]

Dear Books…

Dear Books, How long is it now that we've been friends? I lose track - too many years to count. You were there before I even really understood you. Before I could read your words and decipher your tales for myself. Before I could even determine which way your pages turned or which part of [...]

Try. Try. Try. Try.- #mundanemiracle

I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Tarcher Perigee to help promote Tyler Knott Gregson's latest book Miracle In The Mundane. I have loved Tyler’s work since I first stumbled across his iconic typewriter series and was incredibly excited for the release of his latest work. Miracle In The Mundane offers something [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Keep On Talking

(Hey, look at that - someone can't count so this is a bonus post: #25 of 24!) As #TimeToTalk day 2019 draws to a close, and another blogathon reaches its end, I would like to just take a moment to say a huge, huge thank you to every single one of you who has taken [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Being Your Own Best Friend

It's an age old problem that we tend to be terrible at taking our own advice. We are our own worse critics and things that seem logical and sensible when we say it to our friends somehow become ridiculous and impossible when we think about it in relation to ourselves. We would never look at [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Taking Up Space

We all know that one of the common and nasty side effects of struggling with a mental illness is the tendency to believe ourselves to be unworthy. Unworthy of love, unworthy of opportunities, unworthy of happiness. And a common side effect of those feelings of unworthiness is the tendency to make ourselves smaller. To attempt, [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Bullying

This next post is written by Grace who blogs over at Life In Bloom. Here she shares her experiences of bullying and the impact it had on her mental health, as well as some words of encouragement for overcoming these kinds of negative experiences. Bullying & Mental Health Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Depression: The Fog

This next guest post is written by JC Stephenson, author of 'A Murder in Auschwitz'. Here he shares his experiences with depression: its randomness, its creeping intrusiveness, its all consuming nature, and the hope there is for overcoming and living beyond it. My Fog I did not see it myself. It took someone else to tell [...]