The Chronic Canceller

Hello, you!   We need to talk about the beauty of people who are understanding when you cancel plans. Having gone through extensive periods of illness in my life, I’ve had to cancel A LOT of plans, sometimes at the last minute. Living with a chronic pain syndrome means there’s no way of knowing how much pain I’m going to be in from one day to the next and in bouts of depression and anxiety, sometimes, you just don’t feel up to attending things you arranged on a good day. There are people that I absolutely DREAD having to cancel plans with, knowing full well that their reaction isn’t going to be a great one. In the past, people have said to me ‘Okay, I’m so done with this now’, ‘Really? You’re ill again?’, and ‘Don’t make plans if you’re not going to keep them’. Every one of those comments has been an absolute slap in the face. I don’t dispute for one minute that having plans cancelled at short notice is incredibly annoying, but imagine how it is for the person who has to cancel AND has to suffer with what’s preventing them from attending. I’ve noticed that people… View Post

Everyday Champion: Gemma

Hello, you! The first of my every day champions is the absolutely, drop dead gorgeous GEMMA. For a long time Gemma suffered with Anorexia Nervosa (an eating disorder characterised by an obsessive need to lose weight, often by not eating and excessive exercise) and after a really shitty struggle, became a CHAMPION of her mental health and came back kicking. Now Gemma models, works bloody hard, exercises and eats well to take care of her body and travels the world! Gemma kindly agreed to be an every day champion, here’s what she had to say…     How I’d describe myself at the time of being unwell: Whenever I think back to that period in my life, to be perfectly honest, it all just seems really rather fuzzy. It’s all just a sedate kind of blur, constant low energy, having the personality of a soggy lettuce, mood swings, attending social functions but only being ‘half there’ due to being so occupied with food, what she’s eating, what I’m eating, estimating how many calories are in this or that, how I look, how she looks, what size she is, do I look like that, etc. And of course there was the… View Post

We need to talk about… Soul Pancake

Hello, you! We need to talk about Soul Pancake. Soul Pancake create the most life affirming and uplifting content that never fails to cheer me up. Having been a subscriber to their YouTube channel for a good few years now, their videos always bring a smile to my face – no matter how rubbish I might be feeling. Their video ‘Take a Seat, Make a Friend’ is quite possibly my favourite thing on the internet. They invite strangers into a ball-pit (because why should it only be children that get the fun?) and ask them to talk about particular topics. It’s no good me explaining it, watch the video for yourself… Just bloody lovely, heartwarming stuff, right? The most important thing for me about Soul Pancake is how they tackle big issues and don’t shy away from them. Right now, they’re doing a series of videos called ‘How You See Me’ where people describe their experience of having a disability, coming from an Asian background and being a member of the LGBTQ community, to name only a few! Then, there is the legend that is, Kid President. Honestly, this kid has sass levels that could rival Beyonce’s. In the video ‘A Pep… View Post

Top 5: Kickass Motivational Music

Hello, you! Something that always helps me to get out of bed in the morning is music that makes me feel like I can take on the day WITH FORCE. Sometimes you just need some tunes to make you feel like you can conquer anything – even that bloody massive pile of work you’ve got to do. You can find me on Spotify under LifeofLittleThings. These are my top five songs that make me feel like I can launch into battle: ♠ Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet ♠ All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers ♠ Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes ♠ Jungle – X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons ♠ The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy I don’t know about you but one of these would definitely be my song to walk into a boxing ring… Let’s hear it for the people who created this music! Hope you KICK ASS TODAY, Stacks of love,  Soph x Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Lord knows how to start a blog…

Well, hello there, I’ll be honest with you… I have no idea how to a blog. Probably not the best sentence to inspire confidence but it’s a start! I feel introductions are always a safe bet, so… My name’s Sophie, I’m 19 and I’m from Nottingham (did you hear the distant cheers in the background?) I’m a great believer that sometimes in life, the smallest things make the biggest impact. It is a lesson I learnt through a long period of illness, suffering with a sleeping disorder (Chronic Insomnia), Anxiety, Depression, Asperger’s Syndrome and a chronic pain syndrome (which means I’m in pain all the time) – quite the list, ay? Though my sleeping disorder is in the past, I still struggle with bouts of anxiety and depression intermittently but struggle with Asperger’s Syndrome and my pain syndrome on a daily basis. Not to yack on about my own problems here, just want to provide some background knowledge. I would hate to give the impression that I’m one of those people that tells someone with Clinical Depression to ‘just smile’ – it isn’t that bloody simple! When you’re going through a rough patch, people will often tell you to make… View Post