2016 Is nearing it’s end, only 11 days left to go… and the standard consensus across the board is that it’s been a shit year. Brexit, Trump and numerous celebrity deaths. Ok cool, I get it and I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a shock for all of us.
However, not to sound like a screaming child but 2016 has also been one of the best years of my life! I mean that straight from the heart. I’ve met some incredible people and done some life changing things.
So for my last post of the year, I’d like to share some of this with you.
I got married to my best mate… granted he does my head in 50% of the time, but he’s alright I guess. 🙂
One nice pic… and one showing how we actually behave on a daily basis.
I turned 30 and celebrated with an asylum themed bday party (because why not). Apparently turning 30 makes me an adult.. which I refuse to accept.
I started a Facebook Group that I’m really proud of. If you’re not already a member then please sign up. The group now has over 100 members, who are all lovely and incredibly supportive. There’s no need to be alone when so many people are behind you.
Click here for details – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528242210810131/
I discovered Maison De Choup, “the fashion brand with a mental health cause at it’s heart.” Founder George Hodgson works his arse off daily and the hard work is evident from the beautiful designs. 25% Of all profits go to the charity Young Minds. For more info click here.
The classic ‘Words Fail Me’ T’shirt. Unfortunately the model isn’t wearing any slap.
I spoke at Story Camp for Time To Change. I was so honoured to be invited and gave a talk about how blogging can be used to help to educate others and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. I was totally shitting myself, but everyone was so friendly and supportive that I felt instantly at ease. Ending stigma is a cause that I’m very passionate about, mental illness should never be used to discriminate, END OF.
With Seb Baird of Time To Change and the amazing Ellen White.
I continued to
stalk follow the work of Natasha Devon and the Self Esteem Team. A group of intelligent, kind and hilarious women who are determined to make mental health a regular feature of school education.
Grace, Tash and Nadia writing letters to Theresa May, whilst looking cool in a field.
I was nominated for a Mind Award! Such an incredible recognition and I was so chuffed to be there. Would I have liked to win? Erm… YEAH, who doesn’t fantasise about giving an award speech. However, Rosey Adams was a very deserving winner 🙂
Oh yeah, I wrote a BOOK! Published on 21st November, that became a bestseller… I think that may have been party due to my appearance on This Morning, (which I honestly can’t remember because I was freaking out so bad). But, I was beyond touched that so many people bought it. I actually cried like a baby when I heard that the first print run had sold out. To everyone who bought it, thank you for your support, from the bottom of my heart.
I made friends with some truly awesome mental health bloggers and advocates, many of who came to my book launch. These people will change the world. Big thank you to:
Laura Nuttall – @Lozzamogz
Laura Lejeune – Lauraacanfly
Bryony Gordon – @bryony_gordon
Jonny Benjamin – @MrJonnyBenjamin
Hannah Rainey – @Hannahrainey_
Charlotte Lucas – @Charnicolelucas
Mel B – @geekmagnifique
Meggy Xmas – @Megrrees
Sian – @siantweets
Kat Cormack – @KittyCormack
Ruth Cooper-Dickinson – @ruthiecoops
Chloe Brotheridge – @CBrotheridge
Amy – @Amyjwalters_
Amy Walker – @amyisabellaoxo
Rosie – @marvellousmollie
Lizzie Carver – @lizziecolorful
I would strongly suggest that you check out all of these people on Twitter.
In 2013 I thought my life was over. I was ready to give up and move to the abyss full time, or if not the abyss then at least under my bed. But I didn’t, I finally accepted that I had a condition, I worked hard (oh it was hard) and I gave myself permission to have anxiety.
If there’s one message that I can share it’s this – You don’t have to put up with that shit, especially not alone. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
Sending all my love to everyone. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I’ll be back in 2017.
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