Thursday, 15 May 2014

VLOG: Depression journey.

Two weeks ago was Depression Awareness week in the UK. I never knew it existed until I looked on the Time to Change website. I am glad it does exist and I wanted to acknowledge it in some way or another. I realised since last year many people have asked me the same questions so I felt like I could condense it. Sadly, it turned into a 24 minute video! So if you do have time I hope you can check it out.

Sometimes the best destinations have the longest journeys.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Things are changing fast!

In 18 DAYS I will be moving out and leaving home...for possibly the rest of my life. I started packing things up last week and slowly my room is getting boxed up. This is the house I grew up in and the only place I have called home. It's slowly dawning on me that I will have a new home, new set of keys and a new address pretty soon.

In true style we are moving at a ridiculous time. Who ever does move at a good time? I go to Canada next Thursday and arrive back the day before we complete on the house. I also have a Katy Perry concert that day too. So jet lag, a concert and moving into a house is completely bonkers if you ask me! But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Things are moving at a faster pace and the real build up to moving has begun. As scary as it does feel at times there have been some really fun things. Lotte and I have chosen paint colours, you can see some of our colour choices below. My bedroom wall has been our tester area as you can see. I have also been arranging some photos that have just been stuck under my bed. It feels good to collate them and show them off.

We have also chosen some furniture like our sofa, beds and storage equipment. We already have loads of stuff for the house, especially in the corner of my room. However, it feels like it is spilling out all over the place. We have stuff in my car, under Lotte's bed, in my Gran's garage and there's still stuff to buy.

One of things I know I'll struggle to remove is my 'to visit list'. It sounds silly but I have had it in that place since 2007 and never taken it down. All I hope is over the next few weeks we are graced with excellent decorating skills, great support and plenty of sleep in between everything else.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Stations

I was at work the other day when I saw someone had put something up on our noticeboard. In a nutshell it was about not missing the ethos of life and enjoying every moment rather than waiting for moments to happen. It reminded me of a conversation I had in my head on a train journey from Edinburgh last month. It was a 4 hour journey and I had a lot of time to think.

I couldn't help but think that I wish I hit certain points in my life quicker than the train was arriving at its stations. The train stops at the station, drops/picks up its load and then move onto its next arrival point. It's exactly what we do in life isn't it!??!

I'll invest more time in the garden once I hit retirement

I'll wait until my child is put through school before I join the course

We'll wait until I find a better job until we can start a family

I won't sign up to do the marathon until my health improves

There's no point in moving until the house prices go down

I won't go on that holiday until I get the pay rise I was promised.

Do any of these sound similar to you? Because at the end of the day they are just excuses. We think we're better off waiting until we think the time is right to do things. Yet, in actual fact the grass may not be greener on the other side.

And then we get a little cynical when we hear of the person who died just as they retired. You feel bad because they had so much they had set out to do now they weren't working. When in truth they could have achieved some of those things before they died. So you see we all sit on this train waiting to arrive at the next station. We wait until the excuses fade until we have the confidence to do something. Life really is about the journey and not the station you're next going to arrive at. As you never know, you may never reach that station or set point in your life...because by then it's too late.

You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on Earth!

Monday, 5 May 2014

You'd be a fool not to watch this

It's kind of ironic that I found this video whilst perusing social media but it has really left me thinking. I was at work the other day and two girls were visiting their mum. They were arguing over who had more Facebook friends. I just remember thinking how sad? But after watching this video I realise I am just as bad and just as guilty.

It kind of touches a nerve doesn't. We all admit we do it. The one part this really hit home was when the guy misses the opportunity to see the girl at the end because he is on his phone. I do that ALL THE TIME! So I am going to make a conscious effort that my phone goes in my bag the whole time I am outside. As it's true we fail to acknowledge the world around us when our heads minds are scrolling through instagram or updating twitter.

Look up! Shut down the display...

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