What’s Your Personality Type?

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In the picture above we see Annie displaying the very rare BGPLMTSITGFBIP personality type (“Be gone, peasant. Leave me to sit in this glorious fruit bowl in peace”). This is the most feared and respected of all personality types.

Hey guys! I have a random activity for you to do today if you feel so inclined!

I’ve just taken the 16 Personalities Test  (also known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), which is probably the most popular test to determine what kind of person you are. Continue reading

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Calm-The-Flipping-Heck-Down Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(Or more accurately, “Cookie Chunk Chocolates”. My cookie:chocolate ratio is a tad skewed).

13023509_10153944114606154_1598599681_n - CopyHello again folks! Today’s long-winded title was inspired by a very, VERY flustered Francesca this morning. Why? Because I went to a job interview. An actual, real, legit job interview, for an actual, real, legit job. And if it wasn’t for my downright darling cat, I would have missed it. I slept through my alarm, as usual, but her insistent scratching on my door eventually woke me up exactly 25 minutes before I had to be on the other side of town. I made it to the interview, tried to pretend I hadn’t literally just got out of bed (messy hair is fashionable these days, right? Right?!), fluffed my way through it, then came home to mix my shattered nerves into cookie batter and subject them to extreme heat in the hopes that they would bugger off. Aaaaand they kinda did. Once you’ve eaten seven cookies in a row there isn’t a lot of room leftover for post-interview jitters. And thus, “Calm-The-Flipping-Heck-Down Chocolate Chunk Cookies” were born. Continue reading

Tiny, Mighty Me (and you! Yes, you!)

 

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Feeling tiny? This guy gets it.

Hello again my dears!

I hope you won’t see the title of this post and think I’m about to have a rant about how wonderful I am. On the contrary, today’s mutterings are brought to a screen near you by the overwhelming sense that I am of no use to anyone.

I know how whiny that sounds. I’m cringing just looking at it…

Poor, delicate little me! My existence as a healthy, white, straight, educated, financially supported young woman is so awfully burdensome!  Continue reading

Cheer-Me-Up Chocolate & Caramel Slice

 

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Don’t even think about it Peter. I’m watching you.

Hello again my dears. I hope your day has been splendid so far!

For me, it was one of those days where I woke up in the doldrums and couldn’t drag myself out. As I mentioned in a previous post, baking is one of my favourite ways to distract myself when I’m feeling this way. Even if it doesn’t necessarily make me feel better, I at least have something delicious at the end of it, and it gives me a tiny speckle of satisfaction that I did one productive thing during my day. The recipe I’m going to share with you today is my all-time favourite treat to bake. I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading

Laughing Disease: An Anecdote

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Super fashionable me as a toddler, before laughing disease took over.

Hey guys! I haven’t yet participated in the Daily Prompt exercise, but today’s prompt – “Giggle” – brought back such a vivid memory that I just felt like sharing it. Hope you enjoy this little snippet from my childhood 🙂

When I was a little girl, I diagnosed myself with “laughing disease”. At least three times a day, I would suddenly become seized by a vicious attack of the giggles, rendering me a useless, wobbling heap on the floor as my body shook with silent laughter. Continue reading

Liebster Award!

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Thank you so much darkdelilah for the nomination, and I’m sorry it took me this long to participate! DarkDelilah writes beautifully about mental health, so head on over and check out her blog 🙂 The purpose of this award is to discover new blogs and get to know each  other better. Continue reading

A Small Monday Cyber-Hug: Episode 2

Hope you’re all having a cracker of a day wherever in the world you may be! Here in New Zealand it’s 10pm and I thought I’d share a couple of things that make me smile before I get ready for bed. (Because I totally go to bed at the nice sensible hour of 10pm. Yup. I definitely don’t muck around on the internet until 3am or anything like that. And I’ve certainly never had a solo dance party to “Don’t Stop Me Now” at four o clock in the morning. I’m a responsible adult). Continue reading

Stubbornness and Sunsets

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Snapshot of my evening wander

Today was a bad day. It started with a nightmare about a Roman emperor making arrangements to suspend me, Han Solo-style, in a wall of clay opposite his throne. While I commend his tasteful interior decorating choices (I mean, who doesn’t love a feature wall), I was not entirely thrilled when I woke up and things just sort of went downhill from there. Continue reading

Mindfulness 101: When “Think Happy Thoughts” Isn’t Enough

(…no offence Peter Pan!)

**Disclaimer: Just want to begin this post by saying I am in no way a medical professional, and everyone is different in how they respond to things. This is just a discussion about something I have found to be useful, in the hope it may benefit others too**

12656091_10153759806296154_1029775052_oHey guys!

As you will know if you’ve been reading my previous posts, my blog is about mental health. I have struggled with depression and anxiety for a long time, and have tried many different techniques for coping with these issues.
I am currently taking an antidepressant called Mirtazapine which is proving to be quite effective, but in my experience it is very important not to rely on antidepressants alone to do the job – they need support from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to achieve the best possible result. Today I want to share with you the single most useful cognitive strategy I have come across, which I am currently trying to master:

mindfulness.

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