MENTAL HELATH: SOCIAL MEDIA - LOVE & HATE

MENTAL HELATH: SOCIAL MEDIA - LOVE & HATE

The communities that can be found online have given me the strength to get through some of my darkest days. Social Media gives us the ability to find likeminded individuals on a similar journey to us within seconds and thus begin a relationship of understanding and identification.At times when I convinced myself I was alone, social media was there to boldly and unapologetic tell me that I wasn't. Let me give you an example. A year ago I was rushed into hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. 

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TRAVEL: EXTREME NO DOOR HELICOPTER RIDE OVER NEW YORK

TRAVEL: EXTREME NO DOOR HELICOPTER RIDE OVER NEW YORK

I am terrified of heights. I was aware of this before I agreed to go on an open door helicopter ride of New York but for some reason I didn't put the two together until the moment we lifted off the ground in New Jersey. Although I wouldn't go back up for a million pounds, it truly was the highlight of our trip and what of the most memorable experiences I have ever have.

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PARENTHOOD: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BECOME A FIRST TIME PARENT?

PARENTHOOD: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BECOME A FIRST TIME PARENT?

The feeling of being a parent hit me like a tone of bricks. In that car, on that winter evening I realised that nothing would ever be the same. That everything I thought was important now wasn't and nothing mattered more than my little girl and her beautiful mother in the blur of flashing lights ahead of me.

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PARENTHOOD: 10 CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME DAD

PARENTHOOD: 10 CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST TIME DAD

I get overwhelmed. We had a pretty traumatic labour and a meningitis scare early on with Daisy which meant a lot of time spent in the hospital. I always thought I was a pretty strong person but there was moments during those first few weeks where I didn't know how much more I could take. 

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TRAVEL: EXPLORING NEW YORK (BROOKLYN)

TRAVEL: EXPLORING NEW YORK (BROOKLYN)

I love travelling to New York. Turn left from the house and you are met with the hustle and bustle of the locals and endless coffee shops, pizza parlours and diners. Turn right and walk a hundred yards and you are met with a giant park, full of runners, laughter and the stand alone thai chai practitioner.

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MENTAL HEALTH: HOW TO FIND JOY IN THE WORLD TODAY.

MENTAL HEALTH: HOW TO FIND JOY IN THE WORLD TODAY.

Now let's talk about gratitude. A subject that plays as heavily in the book as it does in my own life. It is also one of the answers you are looking for on the quest for 'Joy'. Not that car, the exam result, the promotion, or that new house you can't afford...

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MENTAL HEALTH: THREE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

MENTAL HEALTH: THREE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

I was dissatisfied with life. Externally life was good, I had no reason to feel down, depressed or uneasy but somehow internally I was a mess. Maybe you've felt the same? I've heard people refer to it as a 'hole in the soul'. 

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PARENTHOOD: THANK YOU TO THE NHS

PARENTHOOD: THANK YOU TO THE NHS

Thank you midwives. The lengths they went for love and for the preservation of life was just amazing. All for less money than an average businessman makes selling you some shit you never even needed in the first place. All with an open heart and a smile.

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