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What's your story? Mine's a love story...

Everyone has a story.   The story of your life.  There will always be high times of joy and light and laughter and regardless of what Disney would have us believe, alongside them, there are the low times, the darker times, even the desperate times.

However, when we tell our story, we can choose whether to write ourselves in as the victim or the heroine (or hero if I am to be PC).  We have the choice.  We hold the pen over the blank sheet of paper.  We choose the words to fill the open silence.

So despite everything, I still write my my story as love story. And as with every good love story, there is heartache, heart break, long nights of despair before the dawn of a new hope, the promise of new life and the journey of healing. 

I hadn’t seen Vicki in 5 years when we were reunited at Castle Howard in October last year on Vicki’s second book tour date in York.  When we’d last met, we were both speaking at the...

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Moving on: writing the prologue in order to understand the epilogue

2 years ago, I was in a very different place to where I am now.  I was holding on to those last few strings that attached me to the past and I was desperately trying to forge a way forward. 

I found writing a very therapeutic way of getting my ideas and thoughts out of my head;  it brought me clarity.  On this day 2 years ago, this is what I wrote and I haven't looked back.  I am sharing my words here as it is just one of the techniques I use with my clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression or worry.  The thoughts they have are holding them back from a life they want to live.

This is what I wrote:

There comes a time, when you have to start moving forward and looking ahead, rather than revisiting the past or replaying the painful showreel of the trauma that devastated you.

This will take time.  But as with anything, it is the first step that counts.  It is the decision to focus more on what you want the next chapter to be.  And...

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