“I don’t need you to love me…” This is the opening line to the song, “I’m Here” from the musical adaptation of the iconic novel, The Color Purple. Acceptance is a double edged sword. It can be a warming and positive experience or it can be a judgemental and unnessasary pressure. We live in a world where it can be really easy to judge our own abilities and achievements based on other people’s opinions. This search for acceptance from the masses can have a detremental effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. The problem is that we are yearning for acceptance from others and we find it difficultRead More →

I have written another post for Welldoing.org about using songwriting as a self help tool and to help overcome depression. I also talk about how I have used song writing in the past for mending relationships. This an extremely helpful and insightful website full of information, advice and a unique therapist directory which was founded by Louise Chunn who has been Editor at some really prominent magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Psychologies and In Style. Louise was also features editor and deputy editor at Vogue for part of the nineties, so as an ex-fashion student, this is a pretty exciting fact. Louise’s experience speaks for itself, so it’sRead More →

I am really happy and honoured that a good friend of mine has chosen to open up about her struggle with anxiety and panic attacks for The Itch Inside. It’s really not an easy task, to be this open and honest about sensitive issues. When I read Teri’s piece, I was taken a back at how much I related to her words, metaphors and descriptions and it made me feel less alone. That’s the purpose of this website and I hope that you can get the same from it as I have. (Leanne) I have suffered from anxiety since I was 19 years old. It would manifestRead More →

As well as being creative myself, I find that surrounding myself with art is a helpful way to idenity feelings. Music is my vice for self expression but being a listener is also an extremely important part of the process for me. I have go to songs or artists for different moods and purposefully put on certain songs to suit circumstance. An example of this is the song ‘Hunter’ by Björk. I am a total late comer to the Björk party and am pretty ashamed of this fact but it does mean that 2014 was the year of discovery into her world of wonder. Research has showedRead More →

I’m sat on a sofa, drinking a coffee, in a recording studio with my band, listening to Chris record beautiful guitar over our song ‘Pray For You.’ As I sit here, I’m thinking of vocal harmonies for my session later. Then, the dark cloud of a life time of habit falls over my head as I utter the words, “back to reality tomorrow.” Reality being an eight hour shift in an office. Why do we piss on our own parade? I’m sat here having the time of my life, surrounded by music, friends and fulfilling my ambitions, but all I can fixate on is theRead More →

I choose to do a Sadhguru book review as his words have been a comfort to me of late. I wanted to share that with others who may gain the same kind of help from reading it. So I decided to combine my first ever book review with my first ever YouTube video. I really enjoyed the process of making the video and discussing my thoughts on the book Don’t Polish Your Ignorance it May Shine by Sadhguru. Click the link below and take a listen. Let me know your thoughts. Sadhguru Book ReviewRead More →

Today I have been faced with obnoxious bus stop adverts for multiple stores, promoting their January sales. I have just read a text message from Bannatynes Gym, offering me membership for a £1 joining fee and have skimmed through countless Facebook posts celebrating 2014 and reminding me that 2015 is going to be even better. This is all before eight thirty in the morning, two days before New Year’s Day. Is our obsession with the concept of the ‘New Year’ and all that comes with it, healthy? The prices of Christmas themed gift sets come down but our expectations of ourselves go up. I’m notRead More →