Hello 2016


corkI always approach new year euphoria with caution. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good party as much as anyone else, but I believe that life can’t be viewed in such absolute terms. Life doesn’t magically change as the clock strikes twelve. The new year doesn’t make any promises -good or bad.

So, instead of setting unrealistic goals, I choose to celebrate the privilege of being alive – something denied to many.

And my wish for you, and myself,  is this:

I hope this year is gentle to you. I hope that in your life there will be more happiness than sorrow. If everything doesn’t work out, I wish you more peace and less anxiety. I hope there are more answers than questions.

Live simply and don’t get trapped by routine and busyness. Be present and be open to adventure. Set your own course. Do all the things you’ve ever wanted to.

And if things go wrong – and the universe has a way of doing that every now and then – I hope that you will still think of life as beautiful.

Go where your heart takes you this year.


Blue oblivion, mute memory


This is true – nothing ever truly abandons the mind forever. That’s why I blog. To write about the stuff that hurts. I’ve realised that running away from my problems is a race I will never win. Someone once told me that life is like a dual carriageway – the good and bad have to exist together. It find that difficult – terrifying at times – but also beautiful. Everything I want is on the other side of fear. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the difficult times. I’m going to keep going. ❤

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Nothing ever truly abandons the mind forever. Neither pain, nor love, nor happiness or sadness… every moment lived and every emotion felt remain inside the body and the consciousness as an echo, bouncing endlessly between the walls of sanity.

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Mental Health Bloggers Widen Their Support Systems on WordPress.com


Blogs are a wonderful way to connect with other people who are also struggling with depression, PTSD, anxiety or any other mental illness. Take a look at these – there are some great ones here. I love http://sadmumhappymum.wordpress.com/ about a mom living with depression. I can relate. Some days it is so difficult to care for yourself , let alone another little person.

The WordPress.com Blog

When we start a blog instead of simply keeping a private diary, it’s because we want to connect with others. When you start to blog, you join a community.

It comes as no surprise that many bloggers are drawn to online communities as a place to work through challenges — to heal and process, find others with similar experiences, and seek (or offer) support. There are lots of supportive communities around WordPress.com: women dealing with breast cancer, people managing diabetes, parents of children with unique needs, and many, many more. Throughout January, we’ll be zooming in on how bloggers use WordPress.com to support their health and wellness.

Today, on the heels of the Blog for Mental Health 2014 kick-off, we’re focusing on mental health. Read on for a look at the many ways WordPress.com bloggers use their sites to improve their own lives, and the lives of others who have…

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