Taking another year off

I’m finding myself in that situation again this academic year, mainly thanks to coronavirus this time around rather than financial worries. But this time, I can see it coming, and I won’t lose focus. I won’t waste this year. I’ve got things I need to do to be ready for …

Self-isolation, quarantine, whatever this limbo is; week seven

Time is strange at the moment. It goes fast, but feels slow. Days take ages, but are over before you know it. This strange coronavirus limbo is warping things. It’s so quiet outside, it’s unreal. Eerie. Spooky. It feels like the entire world has been paused. I didn’t get a …

Self-isolation, week four

It reminds me of when I was unemployed, having all this free time. But it’s weird – instead of bumming around playing videogames all day and moderating meaningless internet forums, this time I am spending my time improving my situation. I asked Twitter when the lockdown first started if this …

Three years ago, today

Or yesterday, I forget. Whichever day it was, three years ago I was going to kill myself. I’ve come a long way, baby. Far enough? Not yet. We still have a ways to go. But still, considering the progress that I have made, it’s unreal. Compare the person I was …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 27th September 2019

We talked a little about our own personal boundaries in this lesson, and at first I was a little blank about what my own personal boundaries as a counsellor would be. I am pretty easy going and I like to think I would be able to handle most subject matter …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 20th September 2019

Firstly, I feel I need to address this last academic year. I was upset that I didn’t start the Level 3 last year, but that shouldn’t have stopped me from doing anything productive. I just didn’t feel like I was able to be productive. When the Level 2 course finished …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 20th September 2019

In this first week, our tutor gave us an overview of what the course would entail, and the subjects we would be covering. She also illustrated some differences between this course, the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, and the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills that I …

So I took a year off, from everything

I mean, it was mostly not through choice. We needed to make sure we would make it through the year financially. Sure, an exotic cat was added to the family in 2019, but other than that, we were careful. Frugal. Thing is, I got lazy and complacent. I found the …

Mind

This is entry three in this new themed series of blog posts in which, as part of my ongoing quest for greater self awareness and my continued personal and professional development, I pick a key word and write about it for a set amount of time. And you’ve probably spotted …

What’s the score?

When I first started writing a blog back in 2005 I had no idea I’d still be writing it now. I thought it’d be a short-lived thing. I wouldn’t stick to it. That would be the kind of thing I do. But here we are, thirteen years later. I’ve moved …