Writer. Cross Stitcher. Avid Swearer. Lover of macabre.
A New Hobby In Lockdown
Like many people, the lockdown means that I have been stuck inside the house, for the best part of a year now. At the beginning of the dreaded pandemic, I lost my job because I worked for a small company, who couldn't afford to survive anymore - they were having money issues way before the virus. I was jobless, homeless and had to move back in with my dad. Which I saw as a massive failure, because I never wanted to move back in with my parents. Sadly, my mum died in 2018, otherwise I would've lived with her instead. As many of us have, I've been really struggling with my mental health all through lockdown. I've had depression and anxiety for years, but this past year has really heightened that.I hate being stuck inside at the best of times, but when you're actually being forced into it? My idea of absolute hell.
Open Letters to My Mama - Letter Four
Dear Mama, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to write for this one. I’ve focused on how inspiring you are, how you don’t give yourself enough credit, your overwhelming talent and how beautiful you are. I know you’ve not read them, or if you have, then you’ve kept quiet about it. I know that my writing isn’t great and I can never get my point across properly, because I’m rubbish with emotions. I wanted to write you these so that you knew someone is on your side. That there is always someone here who loves you unconditionally and will always have your back. But deep down, I know that I’m not your blood, and honestly, I’m probably just in your way most of the time.
Open Letters to My Mama – Letter Three
Dear Mama, Okay, so you KNEW this one was coming. How could I not talk about your talent?! You’ve got more talent in your little finger, than most people I know put together. You ace your fucking job, every single time, you can sing (yes, yes you can), you nail being a mum, you have a talent for being able to cheer anyone up; no matter what’s wrong. AND - and this could be the most important - your Pesto Pasta is the best I’ve ever tasted. True story.
Open Letters to My Mama - Letter Two
Dear Mama, So, here we are. My second letter, not that you’ve probably even read the first one. I know you’re busy and have a lot on, so reading this is probably very low on your to-do list. But anyway, here we are with the second one regardless. Clearly the first one didn’t work, because you’re still insulting yourself about the way you look (which is pissing me off, but I know that’s not going to change over-night). So, what to tackle this time? There is always so much that I want to say to you, but when I write, my mind goes blank. That’s probably a huge reflection of my anxiety and not liking the whole ‘share feelings’ thing. But I shall push through my own shit, and rant about how incredibly inspirational you are.
Open Letters to My Mama – Letter One
Earlier this year, I wrote my Mama a letter. I miss letters. I think they’re a skill that we are losing, and I think that’s sad. Letters are personal and let you say things that you can’t in a text, or even over the phone. My Mama is the most beautiful woman I know and she’s amazing, but she has no self-confidence and doesn’t realise how wonderful she really is. So, I’m writing this open letter, so the world has access to seeing just how much she means to me.
50 Things to Make You Think...
Sometimes in life, people will say something that will make you stop and think. These are my favourites, that I've heard over the years. I've pondered them all quite a lot.
Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom and *that* Greg Argument
Ahh. Crazy Ex Girlfriend. The beautiful, wonderful, glorious show, that you cannot help but binge watch. time and time again. I think I've watched and re-watched the whole series about seven times now - not bad for someone who wasn't sure whether to watch it or not.
Healthcare in Kenya
Discussion of challenges relating to the provision of health care in Kenya - Most maternal deaths are due to causes directly related to pregnancy and childbirth unsafe abortion and obstetric complications such as severe bleeding, infection, hypertensive disorders, and obstructed labor. Others are due to causes such as malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, and anaemia, which are aggravated by pregnancy. 8.5% of children will die before they reach their fifth birthday; leading causes of death is diarrhoea and malaria.