I’m not ashamed to talk about mental health. Recently, I’ve been struggling quite a bit, which I tried to get help for from my NHS doctor. After a 2 month wait, they referred me to a community mental health team, who wanted to sort me with unemployment benefits, coffee mornings and group talking therapy. This… Continue reading Mental Health | Is the NHS done with us?
LGBTQIA+ | Pride: Queer Liberation or a Capitalist’s Dream?
Love to all of you who are not accepted, who are scared, who don't feel safe in their homes or countries, who aren't able to be themselves, who don't understand or know themselves yet, or to those who need love at this time.
Mental Health | The Medication Debate
Taking care of yourself shouldn't be and isn't a shameful thing to do.
Book Review | Border Nation by Leah Cowan
No human being is illegal.
Mental Health | I Hate Buying Jeans
I haven't bought jeans in 2.5 years. Let me tell you why.
International Women’s Day | 2021
International Women's Day is not just for the wealthy, cis-gendered, straight, thin, white women, but for the global population of individuals that don't fit into any of those descriptions. Women hold so much power, so much pressure and so much responsibility, despite oftentimes having fewer rights, less social mobility and less freedom.
The Worst Part of Wheelchair Usage
I’ll start by saying that I’m an ambulatory wheelchair user, which means that on given days I will walk inside, without supports and occasionally venture outside for short distances using crutches. However, if I want to do anything from grocery shopping, to taking some time outdoors, I use the wheelchair. It’s a neat little thing… Continue reading The Worst Part of Wheelchair Usage
Mental Health | What is Eco Anxiety?
We don't need a few people acting perfectly to save this world. The world needs everyone to act now, perhaps imperfectly sometimes, in order to make a real change.
MiniBlog | Coronaversary 2021
What’s the traditional gift for a year anniversary? According to Google, it’s paper or a clock. Could this be any more coronavirus? Perhaps a multipack of toilet paper or a clock to count the hours of the day. If you’re reading this, I’m glad you’re still here. Since the state of emergency began last year,… Continue reading MiniBlog | Coronaversary 2021
BLM Wales: Mohamud Hassan
Mr Hassan was due to be a father. He had a family that loved him. He was only 24. Black lives matter, in Wales and around the world.
Renegades Foundation ft. Me!
I am lucky enough to have been featured by the Renegades Foundation this week. You can find my article for them here: Renegades Foundation
Let’s talk about Sia #CrippingUp
I have so many questions. Firstly, has Sia ever met a disabled person? Has Ziegler?
Guest Post | Queer Identity – Marie-Helene Bennett-Henry
We hear from Marie-Helene on her journey to queer acceptance and self expression
How I learned to love the lockdown: a modern day drama
So luckily, I made it back to Wales just in time to be locked down for months, just in time to miss beginning my Masters course in person, just in time to really get acquainted with the inside of my new home. I should be mad. Most people my age are. They're protesting, rioting -… Continue reading How I learned to love the lockdown: a modern day drama
The University Experience: What to expect when you’re expecting
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com September. It can be scary, anxiety provoking and also downright exciting, especially if this is the year that you're heading to university. It's definitely not the only pathway and it's definitely not the pathway for everyone. Lots of people that I know have done extremely well for themselves without ever… Continue reading The University Experience: What to expect when you’re expecting
August Round Up
It's good to be back!
Plastic Free July? I bet you can do it!
22 million kilograms of plastic are thrown into the ocean daily. That's a lorry full of preventable plastic every 60 seconds. Scary, huh?
How to be an ally, NOT an accomplice
This list is not exhaustive by any means. What it is, is a starting place to grow from. Black Lives Matter. #blacklivesmatter
Happy Anniversary – What is Fibromyalgia?
I have spent a lot of time hating my body and trying to punish it for what I felt were its failings. Now I am trying to teach myself to feel differently towards it.
Guest Post | Terrie Boinnet – What’s taken away actually gives you more
Today we have a wonderful perspective from our guest poster, Terrie, who has been through an incredible amount in the last few months. Read more to find out about her travels, what she has lost and what she has gained through her experiences. What’s taken away actually gives you more Between the period of August… Continue reading Guest Post | Terrie Boinnet – What’s taken away actually gives you more
How can you and small businesses help each other?
I can promise you that individual creators do the happy dance when they get an order, which faceless businesses, like Amazon, do not do.
Review | Reusable Period Products
A National Geographic article found that a single menstruator will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons, the vast majority of which will wind up in landfills as plastic waste. What can we do?
I understand Lewis Capaldi now…
So what's a girl to do? My thinking now is not to think. I am only focusing on the very next thing, whether that is finishing my cup of coffee or cooking some pasta.
Life-olation (yes, I'm going with that)
With the pressures and anxiety keeping up with the news, carving out some time for yourself is the ultimate necessity. Forget pasta, forget toilet roll, you need to take care of yourself at the moment.
Interview | What it means to be vulnerable in a pandemic
"It can be volatile. Next week I might be so much more vulnerable than I am now. I could have a few nights of bad sleep because of pain and after that be more likely to die from the virus than now. That's how autoimmune disorders work, seemingly inconsequential things can change the whole course of a simple virus."
Guest Post | My Mum, Amanda Davies | India 1985
The year was 1985, when my Mum was 15, the year of Back To The Future, Walkmans, scrunchies, and powerful shoulder pads. However, it was also the year of Hope '85: Operation Self Help Schools Farm, where a group of youths would be sent to India on behalf of a professor ...
Why Vegan Doesn’t Have To Be A Dirty Word
...If that means making one small change to your diet, you'll be making a positive change to the planet and all of the beings that exist within it...
Interview | Claudia and Asifa, London’s Exotic Jewels
We can all take something away from Claudia and Asifa's story - to take care of your mental health, to not be defined by your barriers, to bring beauty and joy to the world or to do something, no matter what size, to try and make planet a better place to be.
Ableism – what’s love got to do with it?
I am here to tell you as an undeniable fact that disabled people have romantic relationships. It might not always look like The Notebook, but it's definitely real.
Alternative Ways to Get to Sleep
Relaxing at night can be hard. You might have had an early morning, been groggy all day, sluggish getting into bed, and then BOOM. You're awake. Anything that happened during the day, that is going on tomorrow, things you need to do, or to buy, things you did ten years ago, all of these thoughts… Continue reading Alternative Ways to Get to Sleep
The Ultimate Rainy Day Movies
Rainy Day - Noun - 1) when it’s raining, pouring and the old man is snoring 2) when you’re just having a bad day.
Guest Post | Abby Clarke | Living My Best Life
Figuring out the things you love and unabashedly loving them even when no one else does is one of the biggest parts of being the best version of yourself.
Interview | Drag Dad and The Rising Star, Tianah
'Let them experience everything they can, and be right there beside them throughout...Above all, show them love.'
Help! I’m a disabled student!
Being a student can be hard at the best of times, what with the deadlines, the tiny budgets, the endless reading lists and the mouldy hovels landlords tend to push us towards. However, being a disabled student adds another level entirely. Deadlines bring the dread of wondering if you will be physically able to complete… Continue reading Help! I’m a disabled student!
DragCon 2020 – what an EVENT!
RuPaul is one of my favourite people, his TV show one of my favourite things to gasp an
A Call To Action For Our Brothers and Sisters and Everyone Else In Between
I really urge you to take the time to do this, whether you're in the University of Kent, a student, or just someone who knows that this situation is wrong. Any and all voices are welcome.
Reader, I asked you: Life Advice from Everyone
Hello there and welcome to 2020! We made it.
How did it go?
Give me your wisdom in my survey and be featured in my next post!
What on earth is the Purple Pound?
Many businesses say that they can't afford to make access changes, but can they really afford not to?
A Final Christmas Wish
The biggest point I want to make is that the system needs to change, but until then, if you can give out coffee, or knit a hat, if you can call an authority or volunteer your time, please do it. Until our government will, we need to take care of each other.
Survival Tips for 2020
As 2019 draws to a close, it is safe to say there have been a lot of ups and downs. For me, I leave this year in a different fashion to last - I leave with a different body, a different sense of self and a different perspective on the world. I have will leave… Continue reading Survival Tips for 2020
Read this before you vote
Great Britain will still exist with or without Brexit and we need to take that into account. What kind of country do we want to be left with after the storm of Brexit has passed?
Hints and Tips on Legally Discriminating Against the Disabled in 2019
Okay, so this isn’t a ‘How-To’ guide. It’s more of a ‘How-To Not Remove Human Rights’ type situation. Often, if I’m out and about with a friend or family member who is able-bodied, they begin to notice the inaccessible inequalities that they are surrounded with. Able-bodied people, it’s not your fault. It’s not something you… Continue reading Hints and Tips on Legally Discriminating Against the Disabled in 2019
Desert Island Products – Skincare Edition
My top 5 skincare products and reviews!
First Time Festival Feedback!
A look at my weekend with British Summer Time Festival, disability, public transport, vegan food and what we can do as individuals to change the world for the better.
What has 4 wheels, great boobs and a big smile? Me!
On Thursday, I welcomed a shiny new addition to the household. The beautiful I-go Crest Powerchair (in GOLD no less) arrived at my door in a box so big that Nia can hide in it to scare me. I was amazed at how quickly it arrived - we had only ordered it the day before… Continue reading What has 4 wheels, great boobs and a big smile? Me!