Me and Foggy

My old friends will remember Foggy. For the uninitiated Foggy is my negative self speak, my dark cloud, my black dog.  He is my depression to put it simply, the dark part of my brain that likes to suck away my hope, my joy, and my enthusiasm. Maybe I am being a little bit unkindContinue reading “Me and Foggy”

What is Compassion?

I was reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown yesterday (I finished it yesterday and started on Braving the Wilderness last night). As you may  have realised I am a little bit obsessed with this lady. I have completely connected with what she says. It makes complete sense to me. I keep kicking myself that it has taken me soContinue reading “What is Compassion?”

It’s OK to Lead with Compassion

When I started as a Student Nurse 29 years ago, my warmth, compassion and empathy were applauded, even considered a strength. I was not the most technically capable student, my written work was not the best, and I often just did enough. My interpersonal skills however were my strength. I naturally put myself alongside myContinue reading “It’s OK to Lead with Compassion”

Is your ladder of success up against the right wall?

I was minded to think about my anxieties this morning. An old friend, posed a question on social media asking for advice on any techniques for reducing anxiety. The response he got was overwhelmingly supportive, with many of his friends jumping to his support, and advising him on what had worked for them. They immediatelyContinue reading “Is your ladder of success up against the right wall?”

Vulnerability

If you follow my Facebook you will have noticed I have been posting about being vulnerable and what might prevent us from taking a risk (making us vulnerable). As you may have guessed I am reading a new book. I discovered Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, and what a revelation it has been. I haveContinue reading “Vulnerability”

Music on my commute to and from work

It’s been a while since I shared a playlist. I am not sure if anyone listens to them, but I really enjoy putting them together. With it being Mental Health Awareness week it is important to remind ourselves to give some attention to our mental health. One suggestion is to do something everyday that youContinue reading “Music on my commute to and from work”

A walk up Snowdon

Last weekend , I met up with a few of my old school friends, and we went for a walk up Snowdon, as you do! Now normally we meet up in a pub in Chester, have a meal, reminisce and get hammered. Not all of us manage to get to these sessions and even whenContinue reading “A walk up Snowdon”

A bit of escapism

I Love to daydream. It takes me to a happy place, when I am feeling a little fed up. Most days foggy makes an appearance as I have mentioned before. That on the whole is fine, I have come to accept him and his negativity, he is me after all. Some days the things heContinue reading “A bit of escapism”

Growing up in Gosport

Today I thought I would add some more to my story. I decided to write some more about my early life in Gosport. Now this will not necessarily be accurate as I left Gosport 37 years ago on Saturday. Saying that it is my version of events so is true to me. I found itContinue reading “Growing up in Gosport”

Delving into my childhood whilst writing my story

As you will remember I have been writing my story, to help me make sense of myself as I get older and leave a legacy for my children. Regular readers will also remember that over recent weeks I have been struggling with January blues. In fact according to the media this week is the weekContinue reading “Delving into my childhood whilst writing my story”