I had fully intended to write 23 blog posts. FULLY. It just never happened, for a variety of reasons. Finishing up college for term took it out of me more than I thought it would, and I’ve been catching up on sleep and generally relaxing as best as I could. This particular post is about gratitude.
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Hello to any of my current readers – it’s been a little while since I’ve written anything, and that’s because I’ve been getting my life in order! As an unofficial NY resolution, I’ve promised myself that I will try things that I may have otherwise procrastinated on doing. If I see something of interest to enter or volunteer for – I’m doing it. If I see a writing competition, or a volunteering slot reviewing books; something, anything and everything that I have space and time to participate in doing, I’m doing it. So far it’s working out quite well.
Picture the scene: Mulled wine, a smorgasbord of delicious food, and endless choices of desserts. You’re surrounded by friends and family. The run up to this day, or this string of days, has been fraught with dashes into town to get last minute presents, wrestling with Black Friday website crashes in an effort to get the best gifts for your loved ones. It’s been stressful, but it’s been worth it.
Imagine how difficult that time period is for someone struggling with mental illness.
I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now. Maybe a few weeks. It’s been niggling at the back of my mind since I got out of hospital – when am I meant to be better? When am I expected to be well again?
Last week I had the privilege of reading Geek Girl, the first in the YA series by Holly Smale and couldn’t wait to contribute my two cents to talking about it. Just three days ago, I had the privilege of seeing Holly Smale herself on the DeptCon1 ‘Death to the Patriarchy!’ panel, discussing feminism alongside Louise O’ Neill (author of Asking For It and Only Ever Yours). On this panel, Holly and Louise laid out the facts on the power of patriarchal society – with Holly putting emphasis on how Geek Girl takes place in the midst of the modelling agency; a setting which is widely known to be male-driven.
Gird your loins
Prepare your noses
Why am I like this