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Btw, I'm anticipating being on here infrequently over the next few days. There will most likely not be any blog posts for a while.

So please allow me to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas/Season's Greetings, and all the very best for 2017! Thanks for reading my posts and letting me banter away
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Btw, I'm anticipating being on here infrequently over the next few days. There will most likely not be any blog posts for a while.

So please allow me to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas/Season's Greetings, and all the very best for 2017! Thanks for reading my posts and letting me banter away
I hope you have a very lovely Christmas!! :holly::mrssanta:
Edit: Excuse the Santa woman doing the duck face
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I hope you have a very lovely Christmas!! :holly::mrssanta:
Edit: Excuse the Santa woman doing the duck face
Haha I love the Santa woman Merry Christmas to you for tomorrow :hugs:
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DAY 6 - 26TH DECEMBER 2016

What I'm grateful for today

Today I am grateful for: a peaceful, conflict-free Christmas Day


A random act of kindness I've done

I'm trying to keep asking my younger sister if she's OK/if she needs any help, rather than being lazy and not taking an interest


A random act of kindness someone has done for me

I got nice Christmas presents, even from my dad


Things I did well

When I got tired of the socialising, I took an hour and a bit out for myself to recharge the batteries, rather than sitting and suffering in silence as I'd usually do


Something I could improve on

Being a bit more conversational


What I've achieved today

Nothing yet but the day is still young :moon:


What I've done to look after my mental health

Got some good sleep and just taking things very slowly to conserve energy


Something I have to look forward to

Going back home later today, where I should be able to get more 'me' time in
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DAY 7 - 27TH DECEMBER 2016

What I'm grateful for today

Continued peace and quiet at home. No fights yet, though some are inevitably round the corner :hide: For now though, I'm thankful that there have been no fights


A random act of kindness I've done

I gave some advice to someone on the PS Review section


A random act of kindness someone has done for me

My dad got me some sausages for dinner OK so they're not specifically for me, but it'll be nice to have something that's not turkey and/or curry


Things I did well

Went to M&S with my sister. It wasn't too busy which helped, but still pleased I managed things OK


Something I could improve on

Need to do more reading :getmecoat:


What I've achieved today

Um, I've skim-read a chapter? :dontknow:


What I've done to look after my mental health

Had an epic lie-in so that I was fully rested :ahee:


Something I have to look forward to

Going to an ABBA cabaret/pantomime show tomorrow. Not too sure what to expect: it's rated 18+ only :eek:

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OK it's technically the 29th now but meh

DAY 8 - 28TH DECEMBER 2016

What I'm grateful for today

Getting to and from the ABBA pantomime show safely. I'm not sure I've ever been to Hackney before but I managed to get there and back all by myself. Very proud of myself for that


A random act of kindness I've done


Gave someone begging on the street £1


A random act of kindness someone has done for me

My mum kept dinner for me even though I'd initially said I wouldn't need dinner


Things I did well

Being by myself at the pantomime but not being embarrassed about that

Also finished an academic book today :king1:

Something I could improve on

Time management skills


What I've achieved today

Finishing that damn book, haha


What I've done to look after my mental health


Not much tbh :getmecoat:


Something I have to look forward to

New Year's Eve coming up :moon:
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That all sounds amazing! Getting to and from on your own is a big achievement, new places are very scary. And the tube and not knowing where you're gojng. And London come to that
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OK it's technically the 29th now but meh

DAY 8 - 28TH DECEMBER 2016

What I'm grateful for today

Getting to and from the ABBA pantomime show safely. I'm not sure I've ever been to Hackney before but I managed to get there and back all by myself. Very proud of myself for that


A random act of kindness I've done


Gave someone begging on the street £1


A random act of kindness someone has done for me

My mum kept dinner for me even though I'd initially said I wouldn't need dinner


Things I did well

Being by myself at the pantomime but not being embarrassed about that

Also finished an academic book today :king1:

Something I could improve on

Time management skills


What I've achieved today

Finishing that damn book, haha


What I've done to look after my mental health


Not much tbh :getmecoat:


Something I have to look forward to

New Year's Eve coming up :moon:
OOH PANTOMIME! Was it good? OH YES IT WAS :giggle:
Did they throw sweets out to the audience? :mmm:
Nice going with that book :yy:
Doing anything fancy for new year's?
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That all sounds amazing! Getting to and from on your own is a big achievement, new places are very scary. And the tube and not knowing where you're gojng. And London come to that
Thanks lovely :kissing2: I was *****ing myself, ngl. I'm not really scared of my end of London but us West Londoners tend not to go East :afraid: :ninja: :hide:

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OOH PANTOMIME! Was it good? OH YES IT WAS :giggle:
Did they throw sweets out to the audience? :mmm:
Nice going with that book :yy:
Doing anything fancy for new year's?
I see what you did there :ahee:

No sweets were thrown out to us, sadly :cry: For New Year's Eve, my family and I will be going to a Sri Lankan-South Indian restaurant for a buffet dinner-dance type thing. None of us really dance but the food will be epic
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Thanks lovely :kissing2: I was *****ing myself, ngl. I'm not really scared of my end of London but us West Londoners tend not to go East :afraid: :ninja: :hide:



I see what you did there :ahee:

No sweets were thrown out to us, sadly :cry: For New Year's Eve, my family and I will be going to a Sri Lankan-South Indian restaurant for a buffet dinner-dance type thing. None of us really dance but the food will be epic
Ehehhehe you did eh? :awesome: I hope you enjoyed it though! Shame about the lack of sugar :naughty:

OOH THAT SOUNDS REALLY LOVELY! What's Sri Lankan food like? Never had it :dontknow: I bet it is delicieux!
Haha food>dancing :yy:
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Ehehhehe you did eh? :awesome: I hope you enjoyed it though! Shame about the lack of sugar :naughty:

OOH THAT SOUNDS REALLY LOVELY! What's Sri Lankan food like? Never had it :dontknow: I bet it is delicieux!
Haha food>dancing :yy:
It was bizarre but good

Sri Lankan food... I never quite know how to describe it. My older sister describes it to people as a mixture of Indian and Thai-style foods but I'm not really seeing that tbh :erm: Tiz good though :coma: Though I don't really like South Asian food tbh :getmecoat:
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It was bizarre but good

Sri Lankan food... I never quite know how to describe it. My older sister describes it to people as a mixture of Indian and Thai-style foods but I'm not really seeing that tbh :erm: Tiz good though :coma: Though I don't really like South Asian food tbh :getmecoat:
You just described pantomimes in a sentence ahaha
Ooh haha, I will have to try it :borat:
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DAY 8 - 29TH DECEMBER 2016

What I'm grateful for today

The fact I didn't fall over even though some of our area is a tad icy. I have a huge phobia of ice/sludge/falling over so was relieved to get home in one piece with the shopping


A random act of kindness I've done


I carried all the shopping bags up the hill when my mum started struggling with the bag she was carrying (I was carrying the heavier two). Oh and I was the first person to wish my friend a happy bday via text


A random act of kindness someone has done for me


My mum bought me a light snack dinner from Comptoir Libanais :coma: And then my dad, not knowing we'd eaten, bought loads of cool party food packs from Tesco, including a melting Camembert :drool:


Things I did well

Not getting mad at my mum and sister when they spent literally almost an HOUR mm-ing and ah-ing over shoes in Debenhams :angry:

Something I could improve on

Keeping up with my therapy homework. Getting behind and forgetful (I'm meant to be keeping a diary of ways in which I self-soothe) :ninja:


What I've achieved today

I bought a new pair of leggings :king1:


What I've done to look after my mental health


Now that we're back from shopping, I've gone into hibernation to recuperate


Something I have to look forward to

Tesco party food :gah:
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DAY 9 - 30TH DECEMBER 2016

What I'm grateful for today

Slippers keeping my feet warm. Our central heating is broken so sometimes this flat can get very cold despite the portable heaters etc :sadnod:


A random act of kindness I've done

I skewered loads of pork kebabs for my mum instead of pretending to be busy


A random act of kindness someone has done for me

I didn't have much choice in it but I did let my dad give "my" Camembert to my younger sister :nopity:


Things I did well

I decided not to do uni work today (on mental health grounds) and actually stuck to it for once

Something I could improve on

Again, keeping up with therapy homework :ninja:


What I've achieved today

Washed my hair and engaged in lots of self-care


What I've done to look after my mental health

Had a nap and took a day off from uni work


Something I have to look forward to

Writing my reflective Facebook status about how my 2016 has been, to post tomorrow :yep:
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Well done for allowing yourself to have a day off from university work . In the long run, it will be more beneficial than forcing yourself to do too much of it.
My house has also been very cold today- but only because I left the windows wide open all morning!
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Well done for allowing yourself to have a day off from university work . In the long run, it will be more beneficial than forcing yourself to do too much of it.
My house has also been very cold today- but only because I left the windows wide open all morning!
Awww, thank you :hugs: And oopsies
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A C&P job from my Facebook:


REFLECTION ON THE YEAR 2016

It has been a tumultuous year for many of us, not least due to political upheaval and deaths of many much-loved celebrities. As the year comes to a close, it’s time for me to look back on how 2016 has been for me, personall :moon:

Safe to say that in many ways, 2016 was not my year at all. It was a year of extreme ill health (even by my standards!): 2 manic episodes, 2 long mixed episodes, 1 depressive episode :erm: It may have been more than that tbh, but I stopped counting at some point! :emo: I had to pull out of a lot of things as a result, including my church volunteering, various one-day symposiums I was going to attend (but not present at), and of course I had to pull out from getting an article published in the IASPM academic journal :cry2: I freaked out massively over things that shouldn’t have affected me at all, lashed out at loads of people along the way, and didn’t make it to any Holy Week church services as the pain and paranoia were too great :cry:

It’s not been a completely bad year, though! I saw lots of my older sister this year, compared to most years, which was really lovely :yay: I started working with a new disability uni mentor and with the lovely RHUL chaplain, C :love: On 1st February, I started delivering assemblies and workshop presentations on mental wellbeing and mindfulness with the Mindkit project (Richmond Borough Mind). That has become such a galvanising force in my life and I’m proud to be a part of it :king1: In August I started a third round of therapy and we’ve been doing lots of painful, hard work on trying to help me lead the life I ultimately would wish for myself. Progress is slow but steady. We’re starting a big new piece of work in Jan which could go horribly wrong, in terms of being explosive, so keep your fingers crossed for that! :eek3:

2016 highlights include travelling to Stockholm unaccompanied for the ABBA Fan Weekend and meeting lots of lovely people, who I am so glad to know! :love: I featured on Swedish national evening news too, which was a bonus, haha! :king1: Another highlight included facing my fears head on by attending a short religious retreat with uni in November :jebus: I have also enjoyed building up a good support circle at uni, consisting of professional help and amazing friends too, the latter group with whom I had a lovely birthday party with. Personally, my biggest achievement has to be managing to keep my mother happy and entertained (with financial help from both siblings) on Mothers’ Day 2016, whilst both my sisters were on different continents! :headfire:

In 2017 there is much to look forward to: weddings; doing my upgrade/transfer of status to ‘proper’ PhD student-ness; more therapy, and some 10-year friendversaries with important Oxford mates in the autumn. New Year’s resolutions are: be nicer to poor long-suffering RF (one of the disability staff at my uni); get some much-needed confidence regarding the PhD; somehow upgrade successfully when I’m meant to.




I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, successful and (where appropriate!) blessed 2017 :grouphugs:
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HAPPY NEW YEAR PEEPS :nutcase:

DAYS 10 and 11 - 31ST DECEMBER 2016 and 1ST JANUARY 2017

What I'm grateful for today

Yesterday I was glad that our new year's eve plans went off well and were actually quite enjoyable! Was kinda dreading it, ngl And today I'm grateful for seeing my cousin and her partner :ahee:


A random act of kindness I've done

Carrying a giant chocolate box home on behalf of my family? :dontknow:


A random act of kindness someone has done for me

My cousin bought our drinks today


Things I did well

Dancing til 1am and enjoying myself last night

Something I could improve on

Doing uni work :erm:


What I've achieved today

Not much, but had a nice day and a good start to 2017


What I've done to look after my mental health

Not much tbh but just saw the end of today's EastEnders episode and def need to engage in some self-care now :erm:


Something I have to look forward to

The rest of 2017
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Nice you've had a great day. Onwards and upwards
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Nice you've had a great day. Onwards and upwards
Thankies
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