The time I flew to Texas and was presented an award by the prestigious South By SouthWest (SXSW) festival. Definitely an experience of a lifetime! Sat beside Jeffrey Tambor on a plane from New York to Texas and couldn’t figure out who he was until I saw him on stage as the festival. Left in the middle of George Takei’s talk when I checked my emails and realised I mixed up my flight details by 24 hours and had to leave for the airport immediately. Doh.
This time four years ago I was furiously in the middle of co-writing a book. I’m a writer so obviously I had always wanted to write a book. But for this project I had a really tight schedule- basically write it in three months and do my other duties at work at the same time. I get anxious just thinking about it lol
You may or may not have heard about the passing John Perry Barlow at the age of 70 this week. He was a Silicon Valley visionary and the Guardian describe him as a “Cattle rancher, lyricist for the Grateful Dead and internet pioneer who became a digital rights activist”. You can read their obituary here.
When he was 30, John drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. I’ve listed the principles below. I love them and think everyone should have a read of them and they’re pretty good rules to live by.
Fill out a mental health survey and help inform a project to boost people’s mental health.
I have to design a health promotion project that will benefit people’s mental health as part of a college course I’m doing. The course is called Mental Health in The Community and I’m studying it in Letterkenny but it’s with University College Cork . I need help and would love if you could fill out this survey.
It shouldn’t take long and you do not to have experienced poor mental health to take part.
I walk to help me feel better. I don’t particularly like walking and I started taking pictures on my phone to help make the walks go quicker. I know I’m surrounded by beauty but when I’m not feeling great, I often don’t see any of it.
Since I came back back to Donegal in August I’ve been doing a lot of walking.
I joined a walking group for people experiencing mental health difficulties. I’ll admit it was challenging, but I stuck with it.
I started out walking three or four times a week at first. Around 7-8km every day.
Now I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy and I didn’t really enjoy it at first. I was walking between 4-5 times a week, every week for about 3 months before I started to enjoy it.
I’ve always heard the term ‘Activation precedes motivation’ and it’s true. It basically means that you have to do something before you get motivated to do it. If I was going to wait to be motivated to go for a walk I prob would never ever have gone for one.
On a good week I’m walking 5 days a week and up to 40km a week but often much more. One week I walked 60km. Eek. Definitely not something I would have even thought was possible a few months ago.
Now, for anyone looking at my pictures on my social media pages they prob aren’t aware of the struggle behind each picture.
I’m a huge fan of the work that Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry are doing around mental health. They set up the Heads Together charity to work specifically on mental health and they have been rolling out some great campaigns ever since.
The ‘Best Man Project’ is aimed at men and encouraging them to choose a ‘best man’ or a friend who they can talk to about stuff or confide in when they need some support.
I hear it all the time. Men don’t talk. Personally I believe that is a myth. Men do talk about lots of stuff, but in a different way to women. We communicate differently but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t communicate.
They talk about lots of stuff, it’s not always about how they feel but they do talk, they just need some encouragement and help along the way.