BBC New Interview about my experiences as a carer for my Mum who has younger on-set Alzheimer's Disease

This week I was interviewed by the BBC to help shed a light on the struggles of being a paid and non-paid carer for a loved one. As I’ve previously touched on, my Mum has younger on-set Dementia. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at age 59 when I was just 27 years old. In 2016 I gave up work to become her carer and it has been an extremely difficult, emotional and often, scary, position to be in. I was really grateful to the BBC for giving me some airtime on both the BBC Wales Today show and on the BBC News website. TheseRead More →

Losing weight to save my eyes. I was recently diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and my journey towards bettering my health starts here. Click through to find out more about the condition, what it is, symptoms and treatment. Look out for part two.

To say it’s been a shitty start to 2018, would be an understatement of epic proportions. I was diagnosed with a chronic condition called Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. A condition, which put bluntly, could lead to permanent loss of vision or blindness. That’s the worst-case scenario. I sought medical help as soon as the symptoms occurred, they were pretty hard to ignore. It took a few weeks to get a diagnosis, but my persistence at speaking to my GP, A&E and out of hours doctors when I could no longer cope, brought with it a conclusion in the form of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. I was able toRead More →

Perhaps changing the narrative from 'no regrets' to 'some regrets' could be the key to compiling a successful list of realistic resolutions for 2018.

We’re constantly fed the line ‘no regrets’ and told that looking back is pointless and we should always live in the now. Everything happens for a reason, right? I’ve always subscribed to this way of thinking, and generally, I don’t think hanging on to the past is healthy for our mental health, whether we’re looking back in fondness or in sorrow. Too much of either can stop us from living in the now and working towards our future. But what if regretting the past and mulling over missed opportunities could actually help guide us towards a better life or help us to tick off someRead More →

I'm having a digital detox for a couple of days and the prospect scares me. I think I've got an unhealthy obsession with my phone.

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I think I’ve got a problem. I can’t seem to put down my phone. I know this isn’t a rarity because more and more of us are becoming addicted to the little world we hold in our hands. Usually, it wouldn’t worry me so much but I’m having a few days off work and going on a mini break with friends and I’m panicking about my blog. I’m worried that if I’m not posting, writing and constantly checking Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that when I get back all of my hard work will have gone to shit. DoRead More →

I used to tell myself I’d be in a ‘proper’ band when I lost enough weight because I simply couldn’t fathom being the frontwoman of a rock band feeling the way I did. I’ve fed myself that line since I was a teenager, I’m now 32. I’ve been varying degrees of weight since being a teenager, but even at my lightest, I still didn’t bite the bullet.  I’ve consciously tried to push those destructive thought patterns to the back of my mind over the past year, and it’s done me the world of good. You see, the ‘when I’m skinny’ narrative is a big stinkingRead More →

I’m not a minimalist, far from it. I don’t think I have the capability to rotate the same five pairs of knickers or keep a note of how many items of clothes I own. Frankly, that shit would take up way too much brain power. However, I have a lot less stuff than ever before after adopting some loosely based ‘clearing my closet’ rules. I used to have a packed wardrobe full of barely worn clothes, shelves of shoes I couldn’t walk in and cupboards full of boxes with folded up clothes inside that I was planning on wearing ‘one day’. It was all gettingRead More →

Self-Doubt kills our passion, so don't surrender to it. Click through to find out how and why I ignore my self-doubt and embrace my true self.

I’ve been fiddling around on Facebook for an hour, trying to think of something to write. Inspiration is a funny old thing, and what can appear to be a mentally slow day can quickly turn into an onslaught of motivational thought patterns, and eventually, a blog post. I’ve been pretty overwhelmed recently, which is all my own doing. Last night, after a ten hour day writing, editing, tweeting, Instagramming, promoting, replying to emails and generally being on, I turned my MacBook off. You’d think I’d breathe a sigh of relief, relax and unwind, but I just felt defeated. I felt like I had so muchRead More →

I decided to use make-up as a form of self expression to help with my anxiety and fears. Read on through to find out why.

On Sunday evening, I fell into a slump. A slump which was unexplainable and one that I couldn’t seem to shake. I’d stare off into space, with a feeling of emptiness and panic. I glanced at the calendar and felt a pang of familiarity. It’s that time of the year when my mental health seems to take a bit of a dip. I know that SAD is an actual thing, but I don’t think I have it. It’s just that the older I become, patterns emerge. In that moment I basically wrote myself off, convinced that anxiety and depression were looming. I’d been fearing itRead More →