A light at the end

Welcome to another blog post looking at mental health and poetry! If you've read some of my more recent posts, you'll know that I (not unlike a lot of people out there) have been struggling and battling my own inner demons and my own mental health issues. It is a monumental up-hill battle most days, …

Toxic Masculinity

I'm sure we've all heard the term "toxic masculinity" now in 2019, but what does it mean and why are there differing opinions on it? In this post, I'll be sharing my views on the term, my experience with it and a poem I've written to help people's awareness and challenge their expectations of men. …

Self Care – Hobbies

A hobby is a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. Last week I touched on self care and how to help increase your motivation, or just give yourself a little extra down-time …

Self Care

You may be thinking this post isn't quite along the lines of my usual content. You'd be right. After having a break from blogging due to some health reasons and having a number of friends and family currently dealing with their own mental health concerns, I figured this topic is too important and too close …

Acrostic Poetry

Ever since I first discovered my passion for language and writing, poetry had always been my favourite form of written expression. At school, when we were taught poetry, the first form we studied had been Acrostic, and I adored it! Largely due to how minimalistic and simple, yet elegant these poems can appear when they …

Zen Poetry

A few months ago, I came across a style of poetry called "Zen Poetry". There a few different variations of Zen Poetry, including poems written by Buddhist monks, poetry that deliberately uses calming, soothing, zen-like words, that do not sound harsh or upset the flow of the poem; and lastly, poetry that makes the reader …

Damascena Coffee House

Where: 5-7 Temple Row Birmingham B2 5NY Today I finished work and decided I desperately needed a caffeine boost, some lunch and a little relaxation. So I headed to Damascena. I chose here largely because it's such an individual coffee house. If you're looking for somewhere a little different, this Turkish delicatessen certainly is unique. It …