I thought as I got older, and more knowledgeable, Imposter Syndrome would drift off into the sunset, me waving goodbye to it at the water’s edge, finally feeling as though my successes were deserved. Imposter Syndrome isn’t uncommon. Even if you don’t know it by that name, chances are that you’ve felt it. Imposter Syndrome: the belief that one’s successes are fraudulent or a product of luck. It creeps up on me every so often, the same process each time. I work hard, I achieve and then the doubt settles in. Here’s an example: I have a degree in German…

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When I think about films about mental health I think One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Next, Hannibal and Psycho. Although I’ve read the former, I haven’t seen it, however I have seen and loved the latter two. These are great films, classics and in different ways, they are scary. Scary because of institutionalisation, insanity and confused identities. I watched these two films before I had a real interest in mental health, before my views had been changed my research and making an effort to find things out myself. I think these films are wonderful, they are some of my favourites,…

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I’m back! Maybe you didn’t notice that I’d been gone but aside from Twitter, I fell off the blogging planet for a while. In terms of blogging breaks, it was definitely on the shorter side (I’ve only been gone a month), but in that time I’ve realised a few things about my blog. First things first, I needed a freshen up. There wasn’t anything that I disliked about my layout necessarily, but I was just over the pink. I love a clean theme and so I’ve gone back to basics with black and white. Another thing that fell by the…

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There have been a number of things happening in the blogging community this week that have caused a fair amount of drama and anger. This post isn’t about any specific drama, more an amalgamation of what I’ve learned from various Twitter arguments over the last couple of years, however something arose from this that I’ve been turning over in my head since and I want to get it down in writing. In life and online I’m very much a ‘think before you speak’ kind of person. I mull things over before I ever open my mouth to say them, which in truth,…

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5 Favourite Reads I’ve been a little slack on keeping up with blog posts this week but here are my faves. The Posts That Shaped The Blogger I Am Now – Franalibi I love love love when people are proud of themselves and this post is just a huge compilation of pride. I rarely read beauty posts but Fran actually makes me want to read hers so go check out this fabulous list of all of the posts she’s proud of. Monaco Surprised Me – Call Me Amy Although I went to Monaco when I was 8, I can’t say…

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Sometimes I sit down at my computer with a whole post or poem or idea planned out from start to finish in my head. Other times, I plonk myself down at my laptop and force myself to write. I’ve read so many conflicting pieces on whether forced writing is a good idea or not so I wanted to weigh in on the argument myself. Until six months or so I had never forced myself to write anything except for school/university. If the inspiration wasn’t coming I would give up. It wasn’t until I wanted to consciously improve my writing that I…

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