So it’s now well over a year since I made the move to London. Even though at times I think not much has changed, I know I’ve changed a lot as a person.
I guess the biggest things that have happened were passing my teacher training course and getting my first teaching job. It’s something I always wanted to do and I’m so glad I got the chance to do it.
I’ve also made some amazing friendships which I’m so thankful for. I’m happy in London, even though at times it can be a very lonely place. I’m not sure I’ll stay here forever, but for now it’s the right place for me.
Tomorrow I move flats again so that I’m closer to work. I don’t want to live near work but financially it makes so much sense and I’ll be closer to a lot of friends so I’m definitely happy about that.
There were also some sad events this year but that’s life and those experiences are something to learn from. Those events have meant that I’ve had to take a step back from keeping in touch with some of the people I love in order for me to deal with them. So this coming year I want to concentrate on spending more time with friends and keeping in touch. I also want to start dating more. Hopefully some lovely guy will ask me out! If that fails, i may have to ask them out myself!
Finally, I want to do more things for myself. Things I maybe was too scared to do because I was afraid of what family might think.
And to kick it off, yesterday I got my ear pierced on the spur of the moment!
Tomorrow marks the start of Mental Health Awareness week 2013 in the UK.
1 in 4 of the general UK population experiences a mental health problem each year. The LGBTQI community is particularly prone to issues with mental health and as such I think it’s all the more important to talk about in this space.
The Mental Health Foundation is running their annual campaign and it’s a great time to remind each other of the importance of looking after our mental health and general well-being.
Follow this link for more information of this year’s campaign:http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/
Follow this link for information on getting help if you’re struggling with mental health issues: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/getting-help/?view=Standard
As always, our Advice Centre has links to info on dealing with depression and getting help if you’re feeling suicidal.
Inshallah this finds you all in the best of health,