Tonight I watched as some brave individuals played out their mental illness in a documentary on channel 5, Me and My Mental Illness, and I thought, why is this not me? Why do I hide as much as I do when this is such a large part of my life? The only answer I could come up with... fear.
Since being diagnosed with Bipolar a few years ago, I haven't been quiet about it but I haven't exactly shouted. If asked, I'll tell. If I'm struggling and I have to explain, I'll explain.
I am a bit riled this afternoon after having an encounter with a young girl, about 9, in the playground of Rocky's school. When growing up, I was taught to respect ALL adults and do what they say when they asked. I was taught that other people's parents MUST be respected at all times, you'd call them Mr and Mrs and show them gratitude and smile. If told off by an adult for something you would say sorry and do what they say or at least genuinely mean sorry. Even as a teen, as gobby as I was, if a friend's parent told me off I was mortified (you know who you are).
I don't know if you remember me, but I am a girl you once knew. You once made a life sized impact on my life for a certain period of time and then a life sized hole where you once stood opened as you disappeared.
I don't recall why or how we drifted apart but I know it was probably something to do with the fact I was a massive dick to you at some point in time.
I drank Dr Pepper every day. I drank at least 500ml if not more. It was addiction at it's weirdest. It was making me fat and my teeth fall out (not quite but you get the idea). I suddenly started getting really tired and ill.... READ MORE
I'd like to pretend that my love of interiors has a huge history of decorating my own places and hunting the trendy charity shops for awesome finds. It doesn't. It comes from Instagram and Pinterest and blogger home envy.... oh and Ikea. Who doesn't get interior envy walking around Ikea!
It's not a secret to those on my social media that I have a real issue with my recent weight gain. I'd love to tell you that I'm confident in my own body but I'm not. I'd love to be one of those people who doesn't care what others see and think but I do. I absolutely hate my body and I'm not ashamed to say it... RAD MORE
I often think that social media has changed the world for the better and in some ways the worse. But never more so the latter than when it's election or vote time. No matter where you are in the world, you have politics. No matter where you stand with the politics in your country, you have backlash. For every opinion there is an opposing opinion and that is where the problem lies.
I'm on day 4 and I'm still alive. It is going ok, it's been a hard 4 days but I wasn't expecting it to be easy as any VLCD diet is going to make you struggle to start with. The spaceman sachets as we've nicknamed them have been hit and miss, they taste better than they look and they look... well... yeah.
Tutors can be the key to getting into the best school, or just to boost your child's education even if they aren't taking any entrance exams. It has been discussed at length over the years that homework can be the key to whether a child succeeds at school to their best potential or not.
This week I will be setting sail on The SML Diet journey back to the old me. I will be starting a VLCD (very low calorie diet) named the Simple Plan with SML and taking you all on my journey via Instagram as I do so.
My name is Alice, I'm a blogger and I'm a wine novice. There I said it...
I always said wine was disgusting. I always said I would rather drink muddy water. Oddly though I hit 30 in February and suddenly I actually liked the stuff. I mean I used to drink it at events but I never actually enjoyed it. I did the same with Coffee, I suddenly at aged 29, started drinking coffee and appreciating the art of coffee making. My life in the past few years has become a weird taste bud learning curve and I love it.
This might come as a surprise post on here but I like to have a mix of info and fun on here. Recently I have been reminiscing about how stupid I was as a teenager and how important I feel teens knowing their stuff is. The internet wasn't as readily available when I was a teen and so the info was only there if you had the guts to ask someone.
Blog/life balance can somehow get a bit crazy in the midst of all things online. Wires are sometimes crossed and opinions are formed without a single understanding of what is really happening behind what you see on the screens. People can be seen as something they're not and feelings can be hurt without you even realising. Here lies where my blog has taught me how to be wrong.
When I was diagnosed with Bipolar a few years ago I was convinced they had it wrong. I thought that my symptoms were just the depression I'd suffered for most of my life and the mania, well, I thought I was just a spontaneous nut case at times.
Parenting, something people try so hard to get right and can often get it so wrong but are you winning at it? If they are fed, warm, clean and happy the only other thing you need to do is create memories they will cherish forever and amazingly they are completely free. Sometimes all you need is a bit of nonsense and a huge lump of laugh out loud giggles, that way you know that you are definitely winning at this parenting lark and you're an awesome parent...
I often hear people grumbling about friends not understanding why they can't do everything they used to and how boring people have got now they have children. The case is even more exaggerated when the friend in question has a child with 'needs'. Whether it be physical, mental or medical or a mix of all three, parents with children of 'needs' quite frankly have more to think about than what to have for tea or whether they'll make it to your birthday bash next week.
So apparently there is an art to drinking 'Proper Coffee' and I had NO IDEA people took it all so seriously. I have never liked coffee but I'm liking it more and more now; I wasn't overly keen on hot drinks actually but I think mainly it was all because it was so bloody complicated!