This week has been full of ups and downs. I am slowly piecing myself back together from what can only be described as an emotional break down in January. I work as a social worker which is an incredibly rewarding but relentless and emotionally draining job. I just hadn’t realised how much of myself I had lost as I was swallowed and beaten down with anxiety & depression triggered by extreme stress and lots of change both at work and in my personal life.
Just over two months on and with the support of medication, my incredible partner and most importantly being kind to myself I am slowly building myself back up. The next daunting step will be returning to work, trying to explain to both colleagues and service users why I’ve been off… mental health is still such a taboo even in the line of work I do!
Creativity: Painting & Make-Up
I am definitely feeling stronger and this week I have been able to finish a painting to display with pride in our new home. It’s been so joyous being able to find the energy and creativity to lose myself in painting again.
I absolutely adore colour and colour has been gently permeating back into my life. I had never realised quite how dark and grey my world had become, when I am at my best my mind and processing skills are full of colour – without colour my thinking had been blocked and this had impacted on all areas of my life.
Coupled with my love of creativity through painting is also creating through make-up. On my good days I have been enjoying experimenting with make-up and taking pride in how clear and radiant my skin has been looking over the past few days!
I have fallen in love with the Fast Play lipstick by MAC. It’s such a beautiful and delicate pink toned nude shade -absolutely love it. If you missed my full review then check out – Review & Swatches: MAC Fast Play Lipstick.
Food: Catching Up With A Good Friend
On Wednesday evening I had arranged to meet for dinner with a few great friends from high school who I hadn’t seen for several months. Three, reduced to two which then reduced to one as 8pm drew closer… Oh the perils of modern country life, one friend was exhausted from parents evening (she is an NQT) and the other had an equestrian emergency and was waiting on the out of hours vet. So that left Vicky and I.
We met at the Angel Inn in the village of Larling just over the border in Norfolk. Despite growing up in one of the surrounding villages I had never stepped foot in the pub but had heard great things.
It was very busy when we arrived so it was a good job Vicky had booked a table. We sat in the bar sipping our drinks and catching up whilst we perused the menu and our table was being prepared.
I ordered the jumbo prawns with sweet chilli sauce for starter. This was really nice, however the salad wasn’t dressed and what I thought was an attempt at dressing was actually water!
For main I ordered the chicken tikka masala with rice and naan bread. I love a good curry and for pub grub this hit the spot. A great traditional pub serving hearty pub grub food. I enjoyed a lovely evening out with great company… Something I was not able to face a few weeks ago.
Home: Sorting Out The Loft
Saturday was a quiet day spent at home with Dave. Our mission for the day was to look through and be ruthless with the contents of the boxes which were in the loft at the old house.
We managed to reduce the boxes quite significantly and accumulated piles of stuff either to take to the tip to recycle or to save to have a car boot sale.
Whilst we were rifling through boxes we stumbled across Dave’s beloved badge collection. If you were a child in the 90’s you would remember the St. Ivels Fiendish Feet yogurts. Dave has collected not one but two of these badges. After a quick look on eBay some of these badges are rare and collectable – the Fiendish Feet badge is selling for around £14! Who would have thought childhood memories would be worth so much. Dave is not ready to part with them yet so they will be returned to the loft!
Dave also has quite a collection of cult childhood toy collectables like this boxed Optimus Prime from Transformers. Eventually one of our spare rooms will be decorated as Dave’s man room to house all of his bits and pieces.
Whilst digging through my boxes I found some throwback photos of me as a baby.
I’m not sure how old I was here but I was a very poorly baby, born 10 weeks premature and weighing a tiny 1lb 12ozs. I was born in 1983 so at this time I was a little bit of a miracle that I fought through and survived.
This is the obligatory embarrassing photo of me in the bath! Again I’m not sure how old I was but I do love this photo. It was a nice trip down memory lane.
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