A year on…

Today to the day something big happened. It may not seem as something big for many people but if you’re in the same boat as myself you may be able to relate. No family knows about this, apart from my dad. I didn’t tell him whilst it was happening either, I told him when it was over. A few months after. I was struggling a lot whilst down in Southampton. Being away from family gets worse when you are alone and feel so, so shit.

I spoke to a few friends and they all suggested to use the universities services they provide. After all I do pay £9000 a year to study there, so why not? It wasn’t the issue as such of not using their services, in fact I was all for that. It was more the feelings behind it. They suggested I went to speak to a councillor. A councillor at the end of the day is someone you can go to, to talk about anything and everything. They are there not to judge. They are there to help you get through whatever struggles you are facing.

However, at the time when I thought of councillors I thought of scary times. I’m not sure if that’s because I have been so naive to mental health in the past. I’ve only really seen counselling that happens in movies and on TV shows and lets be honest, it isn’t always positive, or maybe I was watching the wrong things. I had been brainwashed by these types of media that I was frightened to go. I had all these scenarios of what could/would happen. I genuinely had thoughts of; Is what I need help for even valid? Will they think I’m crazy? Will they think that I’m only there to ‘attention seek’? Just as a side track, claiming someone is attention seeking in my book is the worst thing someone can say to you, especially when they don’t know you or even worse if they do. If you suffer from mental health 9/10 you feel alone, even maybe 10/10. You are NOT attention seeking talking out about your problems. No way are you. In fact, you are brave. You are not only helping yourself, but you could be helping other people not feel alone. You are incredible talking out. The stigmas around mental health are SO frustrating when it comes to this.

Anyhow, I went along to my counselling meetings in the hope that the lady can help me. Help me try and get life on track. I’m not sure if it 100% worked out because I didn’t know her and I find it SO hard to open up and that’s the person I am. I even find it hard now to open up to people, to tell them what I feel, what’s going on. I know I was proud of myself for going to try it out, what harm could it of done? I did think it was the best idea for myself to stop them completely after a while.

It wasn’t until I had a moment when I thought I need to stop this. There are people I know who can help. There are. I’m being silly keeping all this inside which is slowly, but surely destroying me. It got out of control that there were nights I woke in the middle of the night with panic attacks and if you know me, even though I don’t sleep a lot whenever I do I treasure it and don’t want to be awoken by this.

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In May this year I really began to use my blog to get all this out. I had my nails done for my birthday in April and it helped me so much with Trich and I finally thought, it’s now my time to help others. I began to write about mental health. Specifically a condition which has taken up 14 years of my life and has little to no awareness about it. A condition which, whenever I write about and click the publish button on my blog, I feel good about writing – even though deep down it makes me feel ashamed. I think it’s more the awareness that I’m raising about it makes me proud. This year alone my little blog has reached 56 countries. That’s countries where people that suffer from the same thing that I have been able to help feel less alone, and there is NO greater feeling than that.

Speaking out about things is SO important and if you can, please find someone whether that be a family member you can trust, a professional like a uni tutor,a manager at work or a medical professional PLEASE talk out. I promise you, you will feel so much better.You will also be helping others, even if you don’t feel like you are. Such a great feeling.

Today I will be celebrating all that I’ve accomplished in a year of going from saying nothing to working on that everyday and getting better. You can do it too, I believe in you.

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autumn | 2014

Hi there, I’ve always wanted to create my own fashion|beauty|lifestyle blog since I had left school. I read countless blogs on the #fblogger hashtag. There are a select few blogs which I always go back to read time after time and they have inspired me a lot into creating my own blog. They are:

Fox In Flats for ultimate style and lifestyle. This lady has inspired me a lot to do a blog as seen her success on social media has driven me to do my own. Check out the Fox in flat’s blog as she does Style Dares throughout the year which are always fun to join in : http://www.foxinflats.com.au

Kate Waterhouse’s blog as I had seen it featured on the E! channels show Fashion bloggers for all things fashion, travel and also celeb talk. Kate Waterhouse’s career is one to be inspired by for all bloggers.: http://katewaterhouse.com

Dannii Minogue’s blog is one for all types of subjects. The blog can range from top songs to behind the scenes of the photography shoots/projects she has going on. There are also Style Files posted within her blog and the occasional recipe or two. Check it out at: http://danniiminogue.tumblr.com

Now I know it won’t be easy but I’m committed to at least trying this out, even if it goes nowhere. My first post is going back to October 2014 where it was a lovely, unusually warm day in London. With the warm weather in mind I decided now was the time to wear my new amazing split skirt I bought recently in H&M for only £7 – bargain! I did, however, have to wear tights with this skirt as the thought of wind and a split skirt is a nightmare. I teamed this skirt with a recently bought leather jacket I had been keeping my eye on from ASOS. It cost me around £26 and is definitely worth the investment. The leather look on the outside is super soft and the lining inside keeps you warm. They don’t have this exact biker jacket instore, but something that is identical to the one I have is: http://www.asos.com/new-look-tall/new-look-tall-leather-look-biker-jacket/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4318844&clr=Black&SearchQuery=leather+jacket&pgesize=36&pge=1&totalstyles=67&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=1

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That’s all from me in my first post. I’ll be blogging regularly from now on into 2015. Happy New Year everyone, hope 2015 brings you happiness. xox