Eleanor Oliphant

Eleanor Oliphant: I Adored this Magnificent Piece of Writing but Most Definitely Did Not Find it Funny!

I gobbled up the first ten chapters of my latest read, the bestselling sensation Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It truly is a marvellous book in many ways, exploring society on a level that fiction rarely does. Debut author Gail Honeyman should be incredibly proud of herself for this stunning piece of writing. It’s no exaggeration to say I struggled through the next twenty chapters. Not because the story was rubbish all of a sudden, far from it. I just couldn’t (and still can’t!) get my head around how anyone would find it funny. The word is used in four …

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What Rock Bottom Feels Like and Three Steps to Get You Back on Track

Ten years ago, pretty much to the day, I woke up in a Reykjavik hotel bed, drenched in a cold sweat. I had been there on an all expenses paid work jolly up, and had as per usual got myself into a very messy mess. I had the familiar heart sinking feeling that shit had gone down the night before, but couldn’t recall the details. It took me some time to gather the momentum to get myself out of bed. I needed the loo but didn’t make it, and instead ended up on the bathroom floor retching. I’ve often wondered if …

mental health

The Things I Wish I had Known Between My First Mental Breakdown and Hitting Rock Bottom Four Years Later

The ten year anniversary of my second mental breakdown is coming up in a few weeks, so it seems fitting to share this post for World Mental Health Day. My first breakdown happened in 2002. It was triggered by a silly decision, which led to falling out with a lot of my then closest friends. Over the next four years I unravelled in the most spectacular ways My finger was firmly attached to the self-destruct button, and my mental state slowly deteriorated. Cutting ties with my entire family in 2005 took me to a seriously dark place. By November 2006 …

trouble with alcohol

The Trouble with Alcohol 

After seven years of pregnancy and parenting, I decided that this would to be the year I got my social life back on track, and it’s been amazing. I think I’ve seen my friends (without the kids in tow) more in 2016 than I did in 2009-2015 put together. The trouble is, that with socialising comes drinking alcohol. My ultimate nemesis! I’m not an alcoholic, but I’m not afraid to admit that I recognise alcoholic traits in myself. When I hit rock bottom after my second mental breakdown in 2006, I knew that it was time to sort my life …