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Thoughts on Radical Kindness: Why writers and artists should practice it (Part 3)

[This is part 3 of a series of blogs about kindness. Please see parts 1 and 2 here] When I began writing these posts I kind of thought this would have been one of my ‘here are my random thoughts … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Radical Kindness as a Daily Practice: Part 2

[This blog is Part 2 of a series blogs – see Part 1 here.] When I started writing this blog series I just wanted to express a general thought about kindness; that posting nice quotes or stories is not enough. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Radical Kindness as a Daily Practice: Part 1.

It’s almost ten years since Amy Winehouse died. I really liked her music and was lucky enough to see her perform twice during her first album. She was a wonderful, funny, forceful presence on stage. In later years I saw … Continue reading

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More thoughts on mental health in the theatre – point me in the direction of better stories.

Just so you know chaps, Spoilers ahead… Two weekends ago I went to see the play Equus with a friend of mine. I don’t want to turn this blog into a ‘review of psychological plays’ blog, or indeed give the … Continue reading

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Things to do when you are busy not having a baby

One of the things that my partner and I discussed early on in the process of having fertility treatment was how not to let the ‘trying to have a baby’ stuff consume all the energy we may have to do … Continue reading

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Patience and watching my garden grow

I started writing this a few weeks ago, but I’ve been kind of working through a sticky depressive brain fog since then and I feel so slow at the moment (and I already picked the slow road so you know, … Continue reading

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Swimming the distance: mental health as a endurance pursuit

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may (or may not!) know that I’m currently training for a long distance swim in June. I’ll be swimming 5K, which is just over 3 miles (not an insubstantial distance … Continue reading

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Objects with meaning – do you want to join in?

A few weeks ago I started running a series of posts about ‘objects with meaning’, by which I meant objects that have personal importance to us, so that they may make up part of our emotional story or landscape. You … Continue reading

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Veganuary: the story so far

Regular readers (hello!) will know that we’ve been giving veganuary a try over here at the Magpie Nest. I don’t have any plans to become a food blogger, my main interest here is exploring creativity and wellbeing, and other things … Continue reading

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You are here by Jenny Lawson

So being ill can have an up side sometimes. I’ve been unwell with some awful head cold [wo]man flu and haven’t been able to do much work. I’ve been mostly sleeping, drinking honey and lemon, and watching telly, with a … Continue reading

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