I feel like my purpose in life now is to shine a glaringly bright light on mental illness. I feel that by helping others out of that dark place is the best and most powerful way to truly honour my sister.
I’m so passionate about spreading positive self-love, especially to people who have anxiety and depression. I really believe changing this inner voice can create a whole magnitude of difference in their lives.
It was yet another rainy day and my cousin, my sister and I were having the time of our lives literally singing in the rain. I’m the one in the purple raincoat on the right, you can see the strain in my face as I tried to hit a high note to whatever song we were singing. This picture perfectly captures the playful innocence of child’s spirit.
As a way to celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday month I have compiled a list of my most favourite, heartwarming quotes to light up your heart every day this month. You can think of it like a virtual advent calendar. Except, instead of chocolate it’s pure 100% organic words that empower, enlighten and brighten your day.
If you get anxiety and find your mind racing and whirling around like a broken ferris wheel, listen to this playlist. It starts off slow to get your heart rate down and then progresses on to more upbeat. If you’re in the bath just be careful you don’t fall asleep!
It’s like a blink, a moment caught on pause before it’s flooded over with conversation or movement. I love that kind of photography.
If only there was a switch to mute these critical internal voices. If only I could open the squeaky doors behind my skull and examine my brain as if it were a recording studio filled with buttons and dials. Once I’m there, I could see which one of them were dialled to the max and gently bring it down.
In just the same way an alcoholic must take life one moment at a time, those of us who always want to break a habit must do the same. Each time we do that we forge a deeper path in our brain. Until one day it will be our default.
Sydney is an extroverted city. The energy is dispersed thinly across it’s miles of white sandy beaches and outdoor patios. Cold countries and rainy cities force you to find refuge behind closed doors. The upside of this is the feeling of energy squeezed tightly together in small places. When the streets feel desolate and empty, people are gathered by the fire in lively homes or in overflowing, cheerful pubs. That kind of energy is feels thick and almost palpable.
I don’t want to blink and suddenly be 90 years old sitting in an old folks home saying to the nurses, “well time sure flies doesn’t it!” I want to say, “wow cool I’m still alive. I can even still remember each decade of my life with vibrancy and detail!” At least try my best anyway. Surely there’s a way to make time at least feel a little slower?