Today is my birthday. Being a New Year Baby has always added an extra dollop of resolve to New Year’s Resolutions and I had been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while, so today seems the perfect time to start.
Blogging can have benefits for those like myself who have periods of mental ill-health. It provides a space for reflection, although if like myself you have severe anxiety, setting it up in the first place can be a very daunting prospect. But pushing through the mental barrier feels very liberating – another small victory.
Mental health and wellbeing most certainly should be talked about. Casually. Professionally. Comfortably. In whichever way and in whatever setting suits you. But this blog isn’t just going to be about mental health, although the subject is very important to me. This is me talking things through with myself. Mainly, things that worry me and the actions I am personally taking to combat these worries or deal with the causal circumstances. I am a storyteller, I love talking and sharing experiences which is probably how I wound up becoming a blogger.
I am an archaeologist, a history graduate, a Christian and wife. About to embark on a journey into parenthood, my posts are likely to range from family life and spiritual questioning, to topics of interest. It’s not just history and archaeology that interest me. I am politically active, passionate about the environment and exploring a zero-waste life-style and veganism.
I am in the process of writing a book. I am not sure how successful this challenging project will be, whether it will even be completed. Thus, in addition to encouraging me to reflect, starting a blog is an exercise to flex my long-forgotten writing muscles. I hope you enjoy my ramblings and, at the very least, gain some amusement from them.