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  • Melanie
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A Journey of drinking tea and learning to crochet while living in Azerbaijan.

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Crochet to cheer up my boy

My little boy has been under the weather with a sickness bug for a few days. Its kept him off school and he missed his swimming lesson and lego club so he has been less than impressed. He told me yesterday afternoon that he would feel better if he had a new toy but as I… Continue reading Crochet to cheer up...

My little boy has been under the weather with a sickness bug for a few days. Its kept him off school and he missed his swimming lesson and lego club so he has been less than impressed. He told me yesterday afternoon that he would feel better if he had a new toy but as I am also sick going out to the toy shop was out of the question. He graciously said that I could crochet him something.
So we had a quick look through Ravelry to find a pattern that he liked. One of his favourite movies is Big Hero 6 so once he saw Baymax the search was over.  A couple of hours later he took his new friend to bed.

The pattern is from doriyumi.com it was super easy to follow and quick to work up.



Self Injury Awareness Day 2018

Today is March 1st which for the last 18 years has also been Self Injury Awareness day. The scars in the photograph are mine. The ones that are always on show because they are my arms. There are more, on my legs, on my stomach. Once upon a time I tried very hard to hide… Continue reading Self Injury Awareness...

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Today is March 1st which for the last 18 years has also been Self Injury Awareness day. The scars in the photograph are mine. The ones that are always on show because they are my arms. There are more, on my legs, on my stomach.

Once upon a time I tried very hard to hide my scars, especially when I was still cutting myself. I wasn’t looking for attention, I didn’t want anyone to know. Now if someone asks about my scars I am generally honest and say I did them myself, that I didn’t always cope as well as I do now. The first time my daughter asked me what they were she was very small, I told her that I got them from fighting a tiger. She knows now that the tiger I fought was myself.

Self harm wasn’t about hurting myself, it was my way of making myself feel something, anything. It has always been entangled with my depression and mental health. If depression is like walking through treacle while you die inside then self harm was an actual feeling that I could hold onto. A pain that was physical instead of mental.

It is over a decade since I last cut myself but it is much more recent that I dismantled a razor blade. I didn’t use it, I hope that I never will again but It is one of those things that maybe I will always carry with me. It was my coping method for so very long that even now it is one of the first things that crosses my mind when Im struggling.

If you need help I highly recommend contacting http://www.lifesigns.org.uk.Lifesigns also have a huge amount of help and information for people who would like to understand more about self injury. They work to raise awareness about self-injury. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.

I am not ashamed, my scars are mine and while I often wish I didn’t have them I no longer hide them. It is part of who I am and a testament to the fact that I am still here fighting.
#SIAD1stMarch #selfinjury #selfharm



Less guns, not more….

Obama cheers on Fearless Parklands student. This is what a president should sound like. Respectful, articulate, encouraging, statesmanlike. Expressing faith in a generation and reminding them that not all adults put gun “rights” above their right to safely go to school. It’s time for change and that change will come from listening to the generation… Continue reading Less guns,...

Obama cheers on Fearless Parklands student.

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This is what a president should sound like. Respectful, articulate, encouraging, statesmanlike. Expressing faith in a generation and reminding them that not all adults put gun “rights” above their right to safely go to school.
It’s time for change and that change will come from listening to the generation of future voters who do not want your archaic gun laws. It will not come from an old insane man in the whitehouse making ridiculous comments about arming teachers. Less guns not more is the answer…..



Not crochet but at least its a craft!

The boy has been asking for a sock monkey forever. I kept saying I would do it but never actually getting around to doing it. Today he brought me a pair of old socks and gave me sad puppy dog eyes. He knows how cute he is.

The boy has been asking for a sock monkey forever. I kept saying I would do it but never actually getting around to doing it. Today he brought me a pair of old socks and gave me sad puppy dog eyes. He knows how cute he is.



New hair!

Happy new hair day to me 🙂

Happy new hair day to me 🙂



I did it!!!! Day 31 is done!

Day 31 I cant believe it, I actually finished! 31 days of running. 206km done. 12 Months ago I couldn’t run for more than a few minutes before stopping to catch my breath and I moaned the whole time we were out, this month I ran the distance of almost 5 marathons and enjoyed it. I’m… Continue reading I did it!!!! Day 31...

27336644_10155083463047522_2269039528942904968_nDay 31 I cant believe it, I actually finished! 31 days of running. 206km done.

12 Months ago I couldn’t run for more than a few minutes before stopping to catch my breath and I moaned the whole time we were out, this month I ran the distance of almost 5 marathons and enjoyed it. I’m not fast and maybe I never will be but I think I might be able to knock a few minutes off my half marathon time this year. The hill that I used to look at from the bottom I can now run up at an almost decent pace (not that I’ve learned to enjoy running that hill but I can get up it!)

Its been a strange month. The new year started with me struggling mentally which carried on over the last four weeks for various reasons. I could quite happily have done what I have done in the past and completely hibernated from life. But I made a commitment so even when it sometimes felt like wading through treacle, I had to get on with it. I wish I had understood the power of turning up your music, putting on trainers and just moving when I was a suicidal, self harming, unmedicated mess, its possible I would carry less scars.

Running for MIND has kept my head above water. Its helped me see that I am better off lacing up my trainers than opening a bottle of wine when I am not well. Even though I am quite looking forward to raising a glass to a job well done I think I will be trying to be more mindful with the bottle from now on. I prefer my runs without the hangover.

Thank you so so much to everyone who sponsored me and supported me. You all went above and beyond once again. I have a couple of sponsors to add to my total but I will let you know what was raised soon. The encouragement really helped especially on those days where I would much rather have been in bed than running around Stonepay in the wind. The waves and messages were much appreciated. The sponsorship donations helped raised over £510K for MIND which means the Mind infoline can answer 850,00 calls next year!

The biggest thank yous have to go to my lovely husband for buying me my treadmill so I had no excuses not to run and to my mini me and my friends, Liz, Claire & especially Zhanara who pushed me, who got up early or came out in the dark to run with me and kept me going another mile.

I’m pretty sure I will give my legs a break tomorrow but the awesome leggings will be back on by Friday. I signed up to run 1000km by December 31st, only 794km left to go……



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