Feeling lacklustre, or was it lost, I turned to one of my favourite self-care activities. Listening to a mind health podcast while vaguely sweating it out at the gym. I guess what prompted this was International Women’s Day (IWD). Looking at the many events and stories featuring amazing women, I experienced something I haven’t had […]
My Long Battle with Endometriosis
Hello! This is not an overtly mental health related post (though there are mental health implications for those who suffer from this disease), but seeing as how I have had two big surgeries to deal with endometriosis in the span of 10 years, I thought I’d share my experience in regard to this normally not […]
Doc gave you Licence to Chill. Can you?
Right. We are well into the New Year and it’s been all about my recent operation so far. On Jan 5th, I had surgery for endometriosis and to remove my swollen fallopian tubes. Might not sound like the best way to start the year, but you could also say that I was prioritising my health, […]
2021 – Ups, Downs and Everything in-between
Setting aside part deux of Covid-19 that was 2021, it was a typical year, of ups, downs and everything-in-the-middle. There were times when the force was strong in me, and my energy levels were on par with the big dreams I had. And other times, when I had so many things I wanted to do […]
Why 2020 was one of the best years of my life.
If I said 2020 was one of the best years in my life, would you think I’m crazy? Would you think I must have been living under a rock, was I not impacted at all by the Covid-19 pandemic, how could I actually declare this? Yes, I was impacted by the pandemic – not as […]
The Lovely Isolation
One of my happiest memories is of the Nordic wilderness of Abisko, a place so remote, even my Swedish friends wondered why I was heading there. It was in 2014 when I turned 40, and to mark the occasion, I wanted to challenge myself. I had always thought I hated the cold, so why not […]
When Marketer met Writer (Hello, internal conflict!)
Hey readers… one month down the road from the launch of my blog and I just want to get something off my chest. Here it is: I am conflicted about how to handle my content. I don’t want to spend all my time thinking and writing about all the sadness in my life. Anyone who […]
It’s a SAD, sad situation.
To all my friends who are bemoaning the impending Chinese New Year “festivities”, here’s my piece to commiserate with you. It’s not specific to CNY though, it’s a delayed article about the whole SAD situation. (Actually, it’s about why some of us don’t always relish festive seasons and family gatherings, but we’ll get to that […]
Lucky to be brave?
I received so many good wishes from close and not-so-close friends when I launched Not A Pretty Picture last weekend. There were two types of responses, really: People started sharing their experiences with mental health matters, whether their own or of someone they know. People complimented me on being brave and having the balls to […]
The 2010s: A decade in review
After the tumultuous years that dominated the 2010s, 2019 was a surprisingly chilled / balanced year. I have never sat down to recap a decade, let alone a year before – I don’t have any compulsion to wax lyrical about another year older, wiser blah blah. I’m still not going to go on a rambling […]