Recovery part 1: A day in the life of an anxious depressive. 

Content Warning: depression, anti-depressants, suicidal thoughts, self harm. I recently started a course of citalopram, with diazepam when needed. It’s the first time I’ve been on antidepressants since I was younger, and had a very difficult time on fluoxetine. They make me anxious. However, after three weeks of being on them they are working really…

It’s okay not to be okay.

We live in a world full of pressures. Money, demands at work, time (probably due to demands at work), the pressure to look your best, and to act your best- or else be told to ‘cheer up’ or ‘give us a smile’. This can often be overwhelming, especially when a number of unexpected trials show…

Crunchie and Rolo Rocky Road

I have been struggling for baking inspiration recently. I have recently moved to a new house and am still getting used to the oven, so I decided to think about baking that involves little actual baking. My family love Rocky Road, and I wanted to try and find a good ‘base’ recipe to alter and change for different occasions. I decided to wander around my local supermarket to see what goodies were on offer for inspiration, and that was how I came up with Crunchie and Rolo Rocky Road. You could add absolutely anything to this (as long as the mixture covers the extra ingredients)- I’m already planning to add fudge, white chocolate, popping candy, mini eggs, chocolate orange…. the list goes on! I also just used a basic chocolate to stay on budget, however you could choose to use a fancier chocolate if you wish!

Dublin: December 2016

Earlier in 2016 I received a text message from a good friend, stating that flights to Dublin were currently insanely cheap. Moments later a second message appeared, with a breakdown of costs for a hostel in the city centre for a group of us. A few clicks, a vague look at my diary, and 15…

Celebrate doing the small things you love!

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. My blog has been fairly stagnant over the last year, but I deemed this an important reason to kickstart my writing again. I have blogged on and off over the years about my own journey with my mental health and about larger initiatives such as World Suicide Prevention…

Harris & Lewis Adventures

I was fortunate enough to recently go on a small trip to Harris. As a lover of beaches, the sea, islands and the west of Scotland this was one of the places I was desperate to see. I have never been anywhere with such beautiful beaches (I’m from Northumberland, I don’t say that lightly) and…