The Things We Take For Granted

May 13th, 2019 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read

Apparently doing things the ‘normal’ way doesn’t come naturally to me. Stress ulcers are normally located in the mouth or stomach but in mid-March, I was told I had developed one in my eye. Yep. You read that right. My eye! - cue eye roll - It’s not the first time I’ve had a scare with my eyesight – a specialist at the Western Eye...

The Road to Recovery

Oct 22nd, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

I’ve spent the past few days flicking through the pages of my old journals. I’ve read about moments in the past two years that have brought me great joy, and moments that have brought me great sadness. I’ve relived things that had forced me into making decisions I didn’t necessarily want to make but had to. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be sitting here now,...

Bringing You To Tears One Masterpiece At A Time

Aug 20th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

When my phone pinged on Thursday morning, a photograph of me standing in front of Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges was the last thing I was expecting. “This made me smile,” my friend texted. “I just remembered how much you loved that day!” I did love that day. We stood outside the Church of Our Lady for a full thirty minutes in minus fifteen degrees before...

Maintaining Your Mental Health in 2018

Jan 15th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Maintaining mental health can be difficult at the best of times, but when life becomes that little bit too overwhelming it can get a whole lot worse. As someone who suffers from many a mental issue (bar the fact that I’m a writer so, naturally, fictional characters whisper in my ear on a daily basis), I’ve discovered that the trick to maintaining mental health isn’t...