Thursday, July 28, 2016

Let's Have A Catch Up

Sorry for the delay in this post - I've had a bit of a whirlwind lately! There's been so much going on and to try and sort out. I've needed to step back for a bit when I've had some free time and I hope you all understand.

Firstly, some big news. I'm going to be training as a mental health nurse in September! I'm thrilled as it is something that really means a lot to me. Mental health is something that I am passionate about and I really look forward to having the opportunity to make such a big difference to people's lives as my job! As my background is in the arts however, I don't think I will ever stop being artistic and not continuing in this. Whatever your job, I don't think a training in the arts and performance will ever let you down or be a waste of time - you learn such skills and confidence that can really shape your life and your interactions with others. You learn such communication techniques and such empathy and I can't wait to see how I can put some of my artistic skills into practice as a mental health nurse. I will definitely be continuing with my blog and am very much intending to get back into comedy improvisation which will add such brightness to my life!

It will be interesting to see the differences in training as a nurse from my past academic experiences. Mental health nursing involves a lot of work placements where you truly have a lot of responsibility of care for your patients. There is a lot more direct time with your vocation and tutors - which will be a big change from a lot of independent study and work that I've done in English Literature and devising solo performances! I'd love to hear any advice from any healthcare workers or people who have undertaken a similar retraining! Please feel free to comment below.

I will try to give updates as and when :).

Some more big news!

My sister has graduated from her course. The graduation was delightful and it was fantastic to have a day to celebrate and look back on her achievements over the last three years. I am so confident that she will continue to grow and develop as a practitioner and that her degree is just a wonderful first stepping stone to some great achievements!

I also graduated from my MA in Performance. It feels like a very long time ago since I finished the course (Sept 2015) but it was lovely to be back. I spent four years in my university town and so much energy and determination went into my MA it was really rewarding to take a day to step back and reflect on how I've developed and succeeded so far. I really recommend taking some time sometimes to take a break and look back on what you've achieved so far - we can be so focused on driving our lives forward and the next step that we sometimes forget to recognise and celebrate how far we've already come.

My gran has also been suffering with dementia. I don't wish to disclose much information at this stage because it is very personal to her and our family. However, I want to take a moment in my blog to recognise how many people are dealing with this illness on a daily basis and some individuals who are doing amazing work to help battle the stigma and silence surrounding dementia!

A former schoolmate of mine (though we didn't know each other that well because of age difference) is doing an amazing 1100 mile walk around the whole of Wales to raise money for Alzheimers Society! I think this is such a remarkable project and I would encourage you to follow his progress and, if you can, donate to this wonderful cause.
You can find his blog here:

I also want to note another blog which is written by my best friend's mother which you can see here:

This is an incredibly powerful and moving blog of journal-like entries discussing the family's response to dealing with her mother-in-law's dementia. I am so in awe of her and her family and think writing such a personal and detailed blog is incredibly brave and could be a tremendous resource for other people who are going through a similar situation, or just want to learn more about dementia.

I hope some of you reading these might find some solace and hope in reading.

Those are my main pieces of news!
However, I have some new purchases which are very exciting to me. I have a new phone (an i-phone 5s). I've never had an i-phone before so I'm still getting used to it. I particularly want to get myself organised, so if any of you have any recommendations for a good app for organisation that would be incredibly useful to hear!

I've also invested in a new laptop which was built by PCSpecialist which builds top spec laptops to order. This has been a great investment for my blog and is really helping me in all sorts of ways! I may write a review about this soon, but I am really not tech savvy so it will probably have to be an 'Idiots Guide' to match my technology knowledge level, haha!

I have a bike... let it be known that I am very unconfident on a bike. Luckily, Herefordshire offer free cycling lessons which is just amazing! If you're an unconfident cyclist like me, it may be worth checking out whether your county/district offer free cycling lessons too, as there seem to be many about in order to try and encourage sustainable travel! I have many reasons to try and learn to ride a bike including getting to my university placements quicker, getting fitter and being more eco-friendly to name just a few. Also, I have to admit that being a nurse that cycles like on Call The Midwife certainly holds a strong appeal for my vintage-loving heart!

I think that's all my major news for now. It's such a shame that I've not had the opportunity to blog much lately - I've really missed my blog and all of you, my readers! I would be really happy to catch up with you in the comments. What goals do you have coming up soon? Are you trying to learn to ride a bike or a new skill as an adult? Do you have any advice for me about the nursing course or technology?

As always, thank you so much for reading this blog! I really hope you're all happy and well.

Your friend,


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  2. CONGRATULATIONS! To you and your sister :) I think it is so important for all of us to pay attention to both mental illness and physical illness. I am sorry about your grandmother, send her my wishes and know that we are all here supporting you and your family. I can't wait to see what amazing things you accomplish!
    btw I just found your blog and I love it! Excuse me as I go read all your posts now :)

    1. Oh thank you so much, Ashwini! I'll definitely send your congratulations and well wishes on :D. It's lovely of you to take the time to leave such a positive and warm comment.
      I've just discovered your blog as well and it looks amazing! I'm so excited about reading it and catching up with you as well :). Feel free to get in touch whenever - I'd love to hear from you!

      Nicky xx

  3. Really enjoyed reading this, it sounds like everything has been a real whirlwind for you with lots of change taking place! Congrats to both you & your sister on graduating, amazing achievements; and good luck in your new career choice. I'm a PCT counselling trainee (bit different to the nursing side I know) and although it's very draining at times it's super rewarding :)

    Pandora xo

    1. Yeah, there's so much going on! I'm really glad I have this blog to document the journey :).
      Thank you so much! I'll pass on the congratulations to my sister as well - I'm sure she'll be happy to hear.
      Oh really, wow? That sounds amazing. I'm following your blog so I look forward to hearing more about it. I'd love any tips for time management or balancing what you do, etc :).
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

      Nicky xx

  4. That's so cool that you want to be a Mental Health Nurse! Being someone who has had Depression in her past I am also passionate about mental health but I'm moving towards the direction of law school maybe criminal or civil rights. I'm hoping to still be an relevant advocate for mental illness :).
    Anyways enough about me I love your blog and your willingness to be open and honest! I will definitely be stopping by more often 😊

    Nikki O. |

    1. Aww, thank you so much! I've dealt with depression as well, so I feel you. That's so interesting - I've been torn between law and mental health nursing as well. I'm sure you'll be able to make a huge difference through your work in law and be a solid advocate for mental illness! I think the law still has a long way to go in supporting some people suffering with their mental health - sexual assault victims/survivors being an immediate group. We need lawyers who are clued up in mental health!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I would love to hear more from you & you can expect me to be a frequent visitor to your blog too!

      Best wishes,

      (P.S. Fabulous name you have there ;) )