Fighting Fear

When I’m crippled with depression, I sit and look at all some people seem to achieve. They create, and connect, and live and truly seem to embrace life and all that it has to offer. Whereas I am sat, alone in my cave, unable to reach out, unable to be apart of the world. And I am jealous. I want to be like everyone else. I want to do something. I do not want life to pass me by. I do not want to be an observer. I want to take part. I want to be involved. I want to make an impact. I’ve overcome the worst of my depression this time. And for the first time, I know that I have to make huge changes in my life if I don’t want to keep having repeat bouts of depression. I’ve trying to overcome my fear of not being good enough, of not having anything to give, of not being important enough, of not being pretty enough…… I think you get the picture. So, I’m taking part. I’m no longer sitting at home watching the world pass by my window. I’m writing here for a start, I’m painting and creating……

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Saturday Link ♥ Love

source Spreading a little more link loving again this week. I love blog hopping and seeing what I stumble across! There’s so much inspiration out there… tell me, what’s your 3 favourite sites?? Brandi’s blog {not your average ordinary} is awesome… *** This made me smile this morning – What are you? *** There’s some good advice here, in the form of post it notes – Things We Forget *** Serpent Mandalas is the blog of an Australian artist. Her work is beautiful and very inspiring. *** If you haven’t seen this video of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love author) talking about creativity, then go and check it out over here *** Are you subscribed to the Parental Intelligence Newsletter? If not you should head over here and sign up! *** More good advice on Simple Living over at Zen Habits *** And finally, this article put into words some of what I’ve been thinking about lately. *** Hope you’re all having a good weekend Love and blessings

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List 9: Advice to my teenage self

source you are beautiful you are not fat he will never change, he may promise you he will… but seriously he won’t. Never let your guard down and think the worst has passed.. be ready you are as good as every one else, no matter what you’ve been told step outside your head, don’t think about things so much. just be take that place at drama school… you’ll regret the fact that you didn’t go be kind to yourself… seriously kid, you are beautiful run away…. crazy maybe, but those dreams you’ve had of leaving it all behind? go for it… follow your heart

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Affirmation Cards

 One of the things on my 29 Things list was to make my own affirmation cards, and I mentioned it again on last weeks list of self care. I have occasionally written something down and stuck it somewhere I can see it regularly, to help me get positive thoughts into my mind. So I’ve created my own set of affirmation cards, and I thought I’d share them on here so everyone can benefit. Whenever you feel the need to use the cards, you can either pick the one that speaks to you, or shuffle them up and pick one at random and see what the universe has given you to think about… Here are the links to the cards, which you can download as a PDF: Affirmation cards   I had so much fun making them, and using them, that I’m going to do some more with my favourite quotes on soon!

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Words of Wisdom

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s sizeBut when I start to tell them,They think I’m telling lies.I say,It’s in the reach of my armsThe span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me. I walk into a roomJust as cool as you please,And to a man,The fellows stand orFall down on their knees.Then they swarm around me,A hive of honey bees.I say,It’s the fire in my eyes,And the flash of my teeth,The swing in my waist,And the joy in my feet.I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me. Men themselves have wonderedWhat they see in me.They try so muchBut they can’t touchMy inner mystery.When I try to show themThey say they still can’t see.I say,It’s in the arch of my back,The sun of my smile,The ride of my breasts,The grace of my style.I’m a woman Phenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me. Now you understandJust why my head’s not bowed.I don’t shout or jump aboutOr have to talk real loud.When you see me passingIt ought to make you proud.I say,It’s in the click of my heels,The bend of my hair,the palm of my hand,The need…

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