I am trying to find a coffee shop in the middle of Berlin. I’m full of pizza and beer and it’s mid afternoon and I’m starting to feel sleepy. I check my phone to see that we’ve already walked 20,000 steps and despite wanting to pack an activity into every single moment of our trip, I’m also able to acknowledge that I’d like to still be able to use my legs tomorrow so perhaps a break would be okay. We spot a free table, so cramped that I feel like I’m almost in the plant pot next to me but…

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Since starting my blog, I’ve always declared myself as a ‘mental health blogger.’ My aim has always been to write about mental wellbeing and ways to improve emotional health. I tend to refrain from talking about my own mental health as I don’t think this would be particularly helpful for readers or myself. As I make the move from student nurse to qualified mental health nurse in the next few weeks, I’ve made the tough decision to take my blog in a slightly different direction. This isn’t to say that I won’t still be sharing snippets of my life, but…

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You shouldn’t need proof in black and white that you’re good enough. But when I received my dissertation mark the stress of the past few months felt worth it. The sleepless nights leading up to results day did not. It’s one thing being stressed about a project. It’s another agonising over it once it’s done. Not because you don’t think it’s good enough but because you know your feelings of not being good enough will remain once the project is over. I cannot hold onto achievements. I think that’s something inherent in the human race. Positivity lasts a second while…

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Is it just me or is Netflix a bit dreary of late? I keep refreshing in the hope that something good will turn up but more often than not I’ve been reaching for a book instead. Here are some of my top picks from the last couple of months. The Retreat – Mark Edwards Mark Edwards is a huge favourite of mine. I always storm through his books and The Retreat was no exception. I’m a bit of a sucker for books about people writing books so I knew I’d love this one. Two years ago, Julia lost her family…

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San Francisco has never been on my bucket list. Sure, I’ve always wanted to see The Golden Gate Bridge but I didn’t ever really think I’d go. However when Brandon suggested a road trip there from Southern California I said yes. I could hardly turn down an opportunity to see ‘The Paris of the West,” could I? It turned out that San Francisco was the city of my dreams. I loved everything about it, from its calf building hills to its hundreds of sea lions basking in the sun at Fisherman’s Wharf. Sadly we only spent two days there which…

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