Apr 01 2016
My ebook’s birthday, that is – it’s turning two. And it’s time for a little update.
Writing this book helped me refine my understanding of my own story and my role as its heroine. I call it a story-told workbook because it uses my story as an example, but includes prompts and questions to ponder how you fit into your own life (hint: You are the star of it. Obvious? I hope so. Can you be reminded of this fact too many times? No).
The original book remains the same, an authentic record of the start of my journey at Heroine Training, but with a new, more telling title: Own Your Story. I am also including a new Addendum on Depression.
In fact, in the book I write about how I tried to seek help from a counselor, who told me to “get over myself”. This incident was hurtful and confusing at the time, and looking back from what I know now, I am furious at how this was handled. Asking for help is a brave step, in the realm of mental illness or otherwise, and this addendum aims to clear up some of the stigma surrounding mental illness, diagnosis, and what helps. Ever since I was officially diagnosed with severe depression by an actual psychiatrist (who explained to me that no one other than a medical professional can actually diagnosis someone as having or not having a mental illness – of course), I have been contemplating a way to update that section of my book. It was an unfortunate part of my journey, and I want to do what I can to ensure that no one else makes the same misunderstanding.
So, I wrote an Addendum on Depression. It’s a reflection on my journey with mental illness: what it feels like, and what helps. It is now included with my book.
I hope that my journey will be valuable to your own. Hustle forth, heroines!
Happy Easter weekend! I am back in the UK for bunny day after a homebound adventure through Boston [where it snowed]. It’s been an exciting month for Heroine Training, as I celebrated my 2-year ebook anniversary by giving it a makeover and adding an Addendum on Depression [available here!]. I made my debut in The Guardian with my piece […]
Sunday Sampling / 044
Mar 27 2016
As I type, I am zooming backwards on a train to Birmingham: a change of plans since my original transfer was cancelled, along with my forward-facing seat reservation. I had carefully penned the details of my journey in my planner, paying special attention to exact transfer and arrival times. Well, that plan has been – […]
Life Lessons from The Amazing Race
Apr 05 2016