Category: life

Poet’s Corner – Inhale

Facebook reminded me of a poem I wrote this day last year and so I thought I would get back into the swing of things with another little bit of poetic waffle.

Poet’s Corner – The Black Dog

Last night, I was reading Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive (review & giveaway coming soon), and he describes depression in the way Churchill did – as a black dog. Just as a I began to drift to sleep, my brain latched on to that metaphor, and my latest poem was born. Luckily, I wrote this one down… I will never stop being surprised by the power of words.

Me, Myself and Mental Health

Mental illness does not care who you are. It does not care whether you are a naturally bubbly person, or a pessimist. It doesn’t care if you are a loner, or surround yourself by friends at every given moment. It doesn’t care if you are in love. It doesn’t care if you are a high flyer. Mental illness is a predator, searching for your weak spots and exploiting them.

Upon my Desk: The Reality

Never give up, or resign yourself to a negative life – you are worth more than that. Start with what is upon your desk – it’s as good a place as any. Don’t wait to be inspired – inspire yourself.

The Liebster Award

This morning, I woke to that familiar little notification symbol lighting up my WordPress. It was a wonderful surprise to find out I had been nominated for the Liebster Award by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse, a wonderful book blogger I recently began following. Thank you so much Deanna for giving me this lovely opportunity to answer your questions and promote…

London Calling: Unblocking Writer’s Block

To anyone suffering from writer’s block, I could not recommend a solo trip more. Over 41,000 steps later, I am over the moon with how I feel after my adventure. London is a great location, because there is so much to see and do, but anywhere that will get your creative juices flowing is worth a visit. Wherever your muse lives, seek it out, because you won’t regret it. I’ll certainly be doing it again!

Goodbye my Friend

Today, two days before the end of term, we had our school Staff Farewells. For the first time, I experienced these goodbyes personally, as two good friends from the department are moving on to pastures new. It’s that funny side-effect of teaching that they don’t teach you on your training; you develop emotional attachments to things which are hard to…

Kindness

Twas 2 weeks before summer, and all through the schools, every teacher was sighing at children breaking the rules. As the end of term approaches, every teacher in the town is eagerly awaiting the commencement of the long summer holiday. With that, I’m afraid to say, comes exhaustion, boredom and a short temper. My end of term resolution is to enjoy…

Magnetic Poetry

 I confess that I cannot resist the gift section in Waterstones. I love the novelty, the unpredictability and the variety of things on offer. There’s something magical about buying something, because you want it, not because you need it. Today, I popped into Waterstones and laid claim to a Magnetic Poetry set – magnets and poetry; what’s not to like?! It’s probably my…