Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day. A day to appreciate and say thank you to all of the amazing women who have helped you to become the person that you are. I am very lucky to have many people who have inspired me as I’ve grown up, both family and friends.

To my family,

Thank you for…

Being there when I needed someone to chat to, about my happy day or what is on my mind.

The time you’ve given up to chat to me over coffee and your understanding heart.

All the hugs you’ve given me and all the happy time we’ve shared.

The meals out, the holidays, the days out and the big family meals together.

The times you’ve held my hand when I’ve been scared and for being my voice when I needed it.

And the way you’ve supported me, helped me to grow and never given up on me.

Thank you for always being the amazing, loving and caring people that you are ❤

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StoryCamp #1

On Thursday I will be attending StoryCamp, a day of workshops organised by the charity Time to Change. Time to Change is a charity tackling mental health stigma and discrimination. Everyone has mental health, just like we have physical health. However, often people do not talk about their mental health and struggle to get the help they deserve, through misunderstanding and fear of what other people may think. One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to meet many young people who are also interested in mental health and hearing their stories. I will be sharing my own experiences, something which will be new to me. I know it will be a fantastic day and my nerves will pass as soon as the day begins.

I will be posting an update of the day on here next week but if you’d like to follow us on the day please check out #StoryCamp and this StoryCamp. This is the start of a new journey, a new range of blog posts and hopefully I will learn a lot along the way.

Talking about mental illness can be difficult, as can supporting someone through their journey of recovery. It can be incredibly scary at first and full of ‘what if’s…’. What if I’m not good enough? What if I am too fat/too thin? What if they think badly of me? I am sure everyone knows these questions.

So here is a little quote to remind you that you are enough & you are amazing 🙂

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Always be a little kinder than necessary…

It’s been a very long time since my last blog post, summer has flown by and been full of fantastic opportunities. Over the next few weeks I will hopefully be updating regularly about my summer and all of the exciting plans I have for the next few months.

My summer in short has been full of birthdays, family time, volunteering, meals out, reading, courses and of course more family time.

But for now here is a quote that has been on my mind a lot lately and something I am trying to achieve every day 🙂

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Day 6/100 of Summer Happy

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In the afternoon I spent some happy time walking around town and shopping. I had to resist the urge to buy lots of blue bits for Over the Wall camp! I can’t believe that it is less than 4 weeks until I will be in Scotland… scary and exciting!

In the evening I was sent the quote above: ‘Neither look forward where there is doubt, nor backward where there is regret. Look inward, and ask not is there anything outside that you want, but is there anything inside that you have not yet unpacked’. I love quotes and little bits of inspiration like this. It helps me to remember who I am and what I want in life. Check out my Goals page for some of the things I would like to achieve this year 🙂

If you could do anything, what would it be? And what is stopping you? Would love to know your thoughts, please share them in the comments section below.

P.S. Always remember – You are amazing!

 

Day 2/100 of Summer Happy

Tuesday 2nd June was a wonderful day 🙂

It began with a lazy morning relaxing with my boyfriend followed by sending some very important paperwork off. I then spent some time baking these cakes for Tango later that evening:

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I always enjoy my evenings at Tango, whether I am dancing or just there helping out. Last night I was able to join in with both classes. This is a huge achievement as only a few weeks ago I would have had to stop after one of the classes or even just one dance. I think the warm weather is helping and am excited to see what the next few weeks bring.

After Tango I spent some time chatting to a friend which made me so happy. Before talking to her I felt swamped, with so much going on over the next few months, I didn’t know what to do first. Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement that everything will be okay. Recently, I have realised just how important it is not to judge anyone. We all have our own pasts and struggles and these things are important. They help to make us who we are today. I can guarantee however you feel right now, whether that is happy, sad, stressed, unwell, loved or any other feeling – there is someone else feeling the same way. Take comfort in that thought & ask yourself what would you say to this person. Treat yourself kindly as you are so worth it 🙂

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P.S. Always remember – You are amazing!

Lazy weekend…

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Earlier today I was browsing the internet for quotes and pictures, something I do a lot as it makes me happy, when I came across this. It sums up my weekend plans perfectly 🙂

Lazy time playing games with my boyfriend, watching movies, doing a jigsaw puzzle and eating. This is happiness – time with my boyfriend. Lots of things make me happy including spending time with my family and volunteering.

I have set myself a new challenge over the next four weeks. Each day I am going to write down three things that I am grateful for and each weekend I will write a blog post about them. We all have so much to be thankful for and all too often we take things for granted.

Wishing you a weekend full of happiness 🙂

Why am I voting?

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There are many reasons I am voting tomorrow but here are ten of them.

I am voting tomorrow because…

  • The health of my family & friends is important to me. We need the NHS to be easy to access.
  • People have risked their lives to give us the chance to vote – why waste that?
  • Young people are important and do care about the future of our country.
  • I know who I would like to be elected tomorrow. Even spoiling your vote makes a bigger impact than not voting.
  • In my opinion, education should be easy to access for all. Let’s help make it that way.
  • I want there to be a true representation of our country voting, young people can change the world too!
  • Benefits help many people and are by no means an easy way out of work! Everyone deserves to be able to live a life full of happiness, regardless of their physical or mental ability & help  should be available to those who need it most.
  • This election will change your life whether you vote or not. Create change that you are proud to be part of.
  • Team v has shown me how important it is to make a difference in the world, no matter how small you think that may be.
  • I am as important as anyone else and my opinion matters, and so does yours!

Why are you voting? Let us know and share your voter selfies with us over at #swingthevote or @EHibbitt or comment below 🙂

Stoke on Trent Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

Over the past few weeks I have been contacting local prospective parliamentary candidates for Stoke on Trent as part of Team v’s ‘Swing the Vote’ campaign. I asked each candidate in Stoke on Trent South and North what they would do for young people if they were elected.
Here are their responses in no particular order:
Ruth Smeeth (Labour) –
“My focus if elected as the next Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North & Kidsgrove is to build an economy that works for everyone, with local jobs which are high-skilled and well paid, so that the next generation can stay in the city and make a proper life for them and their families.  We need to be ambitious, determined and work together as a community to build a city that works for all of us and I won’t rest until we have one.”
Luke Bellamy (Green Party) – 
“As a young person myself (24 years old), it concerns me that the turnout at general elections amongst young people are so low. We have the power to change the politics in our country by voting and speaking up about what we are concerned about in our communities and wider. If we don’t speak up, we cannot expect to be heard by those that make decisions in our country about things that concern us.
If I am elected I will endeavour to help small local businesses to thrive and make it easier to start new businesses so they can create more jobs. I would also encourage these businesses to be sustainable so there will continue to be jobs into the future. There is much work to do in our society to make it better, and few paying jobs to do it.”
Paul Roberts (Lib Dem.) – 
“I believe in talking to young people to find out what they feel they need, and then helping them to get what they want: I do not believe in telling them what they need, and I certainly do not believe in doing everything for them.”
Sean A Adams (Green Party) – 
“As a voluntary youth worker, trainer and supervisor for the last 35 plus years, through sport and outdoor pursuits I have lived through the changes our young people have had to live and contend with. All too often support is no more than lip service and as an an adult working with these young people I have personally had to offer some semblance of an answer. There are opportunities for our young people but the manner in which they are guided does not give them confidence at the moment they most need it.
We need to work as a network of local services with our businesses and training organisations. Currently from my position both in the political arena and working with a young start up business I see a lot of effort going in with not a lot of conclusion. We cannot give the young people of today the best start in the adult world where paperwork and bureaucracy is deemed more important than effect and impact.
Let us get our young people to vote this time as they, if they do so, are the majority in possible numbers of voters, let us encourage them to use their vote, this time around, for their betterance.”

Want to find out more about the campaign? Check out the video below. And remember – Thursday 7th May is Election day!!

Do what scares you!

Hey! Team v Leaders…

I’ve been thinking about writing this for a while and now seems like the right time 🙂

If you’ve seen my social media pages you will see how much I like an inspiring quote or article. My wish for this blog post is that you, YES YOU! start to see just how amazing you are.

During the #DoYouCare? Campaign and more recently in my own life I have started to do things that scare me and take me out of my comfort zone. You know, when you feel like there is no possible way something is going to work out and then guess what? It works out amazingly and you spend the rest of your day, or week even, wondering why you were so worried in the first place!

Personally I am talking about my school workshops in front of over 50 students at a time then more recently spending my first night in hospital ever, by myself. But I am pretty sure right now that you have something in your mind that you are so happy and proud that you have achieved.

So this campaign, Swing the Vote, I think we should all challenge ourselves. As this is not only our last campaign but also Team v’s last campaign too we really need to go all out. Why don’t we all do something that scares us or pushes us completely out of our comfort zone? It doesn’t have to be something that is huge to everyone else, just a little personal challenge. I know if you’d asked me this at the start of the year it would have been to make a phone call to someone. Something most people do every single day but terrified me!

I know I have learnt so much already by stepping out of my comfort zone and know you will too ❤ Why not write below what it is and my guarantee to all of you is that it will be worth it. This way we can all support each other even more.

Remember – You are amazing 🙂

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Take time to reflect

2015 seems to be flying by and I can’t believe we are in the middle of April already! I feel like I am a different person than when I started this year and over the next few months I will hopefully keep growing.

It’s always good to stop and appreciate things. It’s all too easy to feel like you are getting nowhere when actually we are all doing amazingly 🙂 Each and every one of us is so important and I can promise you that people around you are proud of you.

So what have I done this year?

  • Do You Care? Campaign – I’ve led a team of volunteers, ran school workshops and spoke on the radio.
  • Sent volunteer application forms off – I am very lucky to have been accepted on to one new volunteering programme, have an interview for 2 others and to have received feedback for those applications I wasn’t successful on this time round (I will be trying again!).
  • My first ever stay in hospital – I am very lucky to have the support from my family and friends who help me to get better each and every day. Thank you if you’re one of them ❤
  • Developed friendships and spent lots of time with my family, especially over Easter weekend.
  • Swing the Vote campaign – Check out my blog posts here for more information about this amazing campaign.

I’m also excited about the next few months and what they will bring. There will be lots of changes, some of which I’m really looking forward to and others I wish could be different. But I know that I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had so far and those I have coming up very soon.

What are you most proud of right now? Why not share it below 🙂

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