Why Reading is Good for Your Health

When did you last lose yourself in a good book? I believe something rather magical happens when we get lost in a book. We not only lose ourselves within the pages, but we sometimes find a piece of ourselves too!  In recent times, I’ve been reading around three books a week. I’ve had to reduce this slightly since I…

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Things You Don’t Know About Psychosis

At the end of my mental health stigma presentations, I give everyone the opportunity to ask questions.  I reassure the guests that despite the traumatic nature of my spinal cord injury and the psychosis that led to it, I am comfortable talking about all elements of my spinal cord injury or psychosis.  What people want to…

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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

Sadly, in today’s world, we can lose our faith in humanity at times. It’s outrageous to witness, but there are a few people who take deliberate actions to send words or thoughts of misfortune, wishing someone harm or ill-fortune.  No matter what goes on in this world, we should never judge others and always be…

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Depression is a Bully

The truth of the matter is depression is a bully! A big, fat, cheating, loathsome menace, that only you can beat  when armed with awareness and mindset. I know this because I have experienced it; I had postnatal depression, as well as other dark bouts of depression up until my forties. I was lucky enough…

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It’s good to talk!

Can you believe it’s been two decades since the BT advert ‘it’s good to talk’ commercials? If my memory serves me correctly it was the endearing ‘Bob Hoskins’, whilst offering BT ‘friends and family’ deals, who always ended with the catchphrase ‘it’s good to talk’.  We could do with that slogan today, more than ever.…

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How To Make 2022 Your Best Year!

Many people’s social media posts over the last week, have words to the effect of – ‘goodbye shitty 2021′, or ‘let’s hope 2022 will bring better things!’  You only need to scroll down Facebook to see dozens of these types of posts. But then, if you go back and check the year-end posts of 2020,…

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Live, Love, Learn

Which is your favourite ‘L’ from the list in the title? I couldn’t decide between them, so I based my talk on all three at my Toastmaster’s meeting last week. It was a lot to cram in to just 7 minutes – but I succeeded. I opened my “icebreaker” speech by explaining how I played…

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Man’s Best Friend

I was out for a winterly stroll in Sheringham park with my two fur-babies this morning. The sun was shining, the golden leaves carpeting the ground and it was simply glorious. This type of day always gets my creative juices flowing, and I decided I would write a blog when I got home. So here…

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Invisible Disability

Spinal Update So, this week’s topic is a little about spinal cord injury again, since I experienced a recent breakthrough, which I am still celebrating!  For those who may not know, I suffered a fracture to my T12 vertebra in 2019, along with ‘incomplete’ spinal cord damage. Now, you may have noticed, that my blogs…

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Beam Me Up Scotty!

Have you ever experienced one of those moments where you wish the ground would open up and swallow you?  A heart-thumping, cringe-worthy moment of utter humiliation and embarrassment? 😳 Apart from an excruciating moment a few years back when I was a dancer in ‘Copacabana’ on Cromer pier, and I turned to raise my arms…

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