Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Mentality Project | Residential Weekend

Our team's (Team Rhi) face paint selfies
Creating origami elephants and artwork for an exhibition at The Station called "Elephant in the Room"

Resilience, leadership and innovation - Our three key words for the weekend
Tips for public speaking and evaluation tree - where we placed things we wanted to achieve on the weekend

The three group's logos and score sheet for the weekend
Our countryside view
The first morning
Coming up with new campaign ideas 
Mind mapping ideas
Dragon Den theme - Presenting campaign ideas

The last couple of months have been a very hectic few months for me - so much has been going on. One of the things that has happened was a residential weekend with The Mentality Project - an amazing group ran by Off The Record where young people campaign about mental health. You may have heard me talk about Off The Record before in posts such as "Supporting Off The Record" and "Where Have I Been?". Above you can see a few pictures taken from the weekend with captions that tell you a couple of things we got up to. The residential for me was probably the best weekend of my life (and that isn't an understatement) - it was full of campaign ideas, activities and expanding my knowledge. It left me feeling refreshed, motivated and empowered to make change. 

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Reinvent Yourself

With a new year, comes a new chance to reinvent yourself. By this I don't mean anything necessarily drastic, if you don't want to. It can be subtle changes to make yourself a better person or into the person you see your future self being. 

Resolutions are a good way to reinvent yourself as it gives you personal goals to work towards. However if your not one for resolutions or you find that you can't stick to them that well, why not try to create a resolution for each month. At the beginning of a new month think of one thing you want to focus on achieving this year, whether that be one big thing or small steps to achieve a goal. This way it can help you to become more focused. 

I always love a new year, new me. Although I don't fully agree with that statement as I feel you should always be yourself, I love the idea of altering your negatives into positives. You can always invent yourself and make yourself you but by reinventing yourself, you allow yourself to improve and achieve big things you may have never thought was possible. 

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Welcome 2017

Welcome 2017! I am writing this post at exactly 3 hours into the fresh new year of 2017. With a new year becomes a fresh start and new beginnings. I was lucky enough to see the new year in with my best friend and her beautiful family and I couldn't ask for a better way to start the new year - all huddled around a bonfire. 

Today is the first blank page to a 365 page book. So write a good one! Each new year is a chance to somewhat reinvent yourself. I also think a new year is a good time to reflect on your life and to see where you want to be by the end of the year. What better way to do that then resolutions? As for this year my main resolution is to be the best version of me. No one is perfect, everyone can do with a little improvement! I would like to focus on my studies more, become more motivated and to just in general appreciate myself by looking after myself better. 

I wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year!! I hope 2017 brings both joy and happiness your way. 

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Three Pieces Of Advice

As we come up to the end of 2016, it's always good to reflect on yourself and the lessons you've learnt. It feels like it was just yesterday I was with my friends celebrating as we counted down to 2016. However I have learnt some valuable lessons this year, three pieces of advice I have hand picked for you. 

Things will always work out

No matter how you feel, things will always work out eventually. They may not go exactly as you planned but they will definitely settle at some point, allowing you to either continue your chosen path or to rethink and create a new path, which may work out for the best in the end. Never undermine the power of fate, so take a breath and stress less. 

Stand up for yourself more

There's always going to be a time in your life where people aren't going to be so nice to you and sometimes will somewhat petrify you, but by standing up for yourself and allowing people to hear about how you feel, can create more positives then negatives. I don't condemn violence, but a verbal point can create such a difference and allow you to have power over something that you originally thought you couldn't. 

Work for what you believe in

There's a quote that I adore "She created a life she loved" and honestly this is so true. Do the things you love and fight for the things you believe in whether that be gay rights or against animal testing. The power one individual person can make, is unbelievable. You can achieve anything once you put your mind to it. So that degree you've spent all that money on or that dream job, work hard for it and you'll be amazed at the outcome.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Defined By A Diagnosis

I think in today's society it is easy to think that we are defined by a diagnosis whether that be big or small. But this shouldn't be the case, just because someone tells you that you have a specific thing whether that be anxiety or depression this shouldn't then become a thing that defines you fully. It may be useful to have this somewhat of a label now attached to you, for next time when you are discussing it with someone but the idea that it can prevent you from doing things shouldn't be the case. Take the Paralympics for example, there are people who are consistently pushing their boundaries by doing things that society says they can't do or even sometimes things that professionals and loved ones say they can't. Nothing's impossible! You can have no limbs and still swim. You can have anxiety and still enter that exam. You can have depression and still have days where you are happy. I think this again is a factor that we shouldn't compare ourselves to others. 

You may be thinking what's the point of this post, which is understandable. But from my view the point of this post is to make it clear that you are worth more. I have spoken to many people in the past who have been diagnosed and the thing that has affected them more has been the diagnosis not the thing that they have been diagnosed with in the beginning. This is because they like many, got confused that about how they should live, instead of living as they please and trying their best to not let the diagnosis hold them down. Sure, you can get some bad days, but there are also many good days to make up for them. So remember to follow your dreams.

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