Sunday, 22 August 2021

ONE POST FOR EACH MONTH OF BEING ONE YEAR FREE OF SELF-HARM




September 2020

I spent the first month of my stability, enjoying much-needed quality time with three of my god-children who now live just outside of Edinburgh in Scotland:

THREE LESSONS I’VE LEARNT FROM MY GOD-CHILDREN | MY TRIP TO SEE THEM IN EDINBURGH



October 2020 

My anxiety over maintaining my safety through the anniversary of my cat’s death was placated by my writing of a letter to her:

DEAR DOLLY & SOME ADVICE | TWO YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF MY CAT | IN COLLABORATION WITH CATS PROTECTION | AD


November 2020

I spent the anniversary of the beginning of the abuse using it as motivation to write a piece aimed at providing knowledge for those who need more insight, and for other survivors to know they aren’t alone:

EVERYTHING THE ABUSE ANNIVERSARY HAS MADE ME THINK ABOUT


December 2020

I spent the entirety of December totally distracted and busy in working on and publishing daily posts for ‘Blogmas’:

BLOGMAS 2020 WITH I’M NOT DISORDERED | POST TWENTY-FIVE: A ROUND-UP OF THE SERIES





January 2021

My stability meant that I could spend my blog’s eighth Birthday celebrating with a  piece about everything I’d learnt over my blogging career:

I’M NOT DISORDERED TURNS EIGHT | A LESSON PER YEAR




February 2021

In the month of my Birthday, I very proudly managed to be successful at an interview for the Kickstart Project Coordinator role with St Oswald’s Hospice and began my first paid job since the beginning of my mental health deterioration in 2009:

MENTAL HEALTH & APPLYING FOR A JOB: FROM HOURS TO INTERVIEW TIPS | IN COLLABORATION WITH ST OSWALD’S HOSPICE


March 2021

Through the run up to releasing my book, I began considering how I’ve been impacted by the abuse in a bid to recognise and accept those things:

HOW THE ABUSE HAS CHANGED MY LIFE




April 2021

In the month I released my book; Everything Disordered, my beautiful, lop-eared Lionhead bunny Pixie, was put to sleep and my mental health continued to show its strength as I grieved safely:

SOME OF THE COMMENTS MADE IN LOSING MY BUNNY | IN LOVING MEMORY OF PIXIE








May 2021 

Having finally decided to go ahead with the tendon transfer surgery on the EPL tendon in my thumb, I put together a blog post about being admitted to hospital:

DBT, PRACTICAL ITEMS, & BRAVERY IN HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS | MY FINAL TENDON SURGERY






June 2021 

I was able to reap the benefits of having a stable mental health when I went to see one of my oldest best friends who had just given birth to the gorgeous Greylan:

THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN & MENTAL HEALTH | MY THREE DAYS IN COLDSTREAM

July 2021

I finally began accepting the fact that I’m very really going to reach one million readers soon:

“IT FEELS SO SURREAL” | EVERYTHING I’M THINKING ABOUT ON THE WAY TO ONE MILLION READERS!!!