Something beautiful to look at

There’s a lot going on at the moment and so I am trying to share snapshots that inspire me. This one flew across my twitter feed the other day and provoked some interesting discussion. Water smoothed stones tied with beautiful and unique Japanese knots.

My retreat was a deeply moving and intense experience. Mindfulness and meditation have taken a special place in my life in the last three years. I first encountered them via Compassion Focussed Therapy, a therapeutic practice that was originally developed in Derby by Dr Paul Gilbert. I have meditated pretty regularly for the last two […]

Living life through the cracks

Cracks are funny things to talk about when you are autistic and have mental health problems. People who are mentally ill are referred to as crackpots, or just cracked. As individuals and increasingly as a society we talk about the cracks that people fall into as we become more complex individuals and block contracts become less […]

NHS Health Innovation Expo 2017

Lovely day last week at the NHS innovation Expo, where NHS England asked me to speak about my lived experience with personal health budgets in relation to treating my sensory processing disorder. I was one of two speakers in the session that I participated in, the second being an amazing lady called Michelle who manages […]

A few gems from the mouths of babes this month: Logie: logo, as in the things cars have on their fronts Squeakquins: sequins, obvs. Moddled up: Muddled up Fighty: how you feel just before you punch your friends, but not so serious that you don’t want to be their friend any more. Quote of the […]

One of my friends is a very special person, who is beautiful, kind and hides her ability, talent and light away at times. I read something when I went on retreat that made me think of her, straight away and although these aren’t my words, they say exactly what I want to better than I […]