Today I’ve been making calm down glitter jars with some of my students. These are great for anxiety because mindfully watching the swirls of glitter can help bring you back into the present moment. Anxiety lives in the past or the future. People generally worry about things that have happened or things that are going […]Read More Making a calm down glitter jar
Its that time of year again. People are selling up their belongings. Students are leaving to go on study leave. Both saying goodbye to friends and looking on post July to new postings, new jobs, university, new friends, new lives… And us? The stayers are left in limbo watching the chaos around us. The frantic […]Read More See you soon.
Despite actually being English, I’ve finally come to the realisation, after many blank stares and “can you repeat that please?”s that English is in fact my second language. My first is Geordie. My first experience of this was when I bounded like a Labrador puppy into see all the young people I was going to […]Read More “Can the new girl speak English?!”
Bali is covered in trash again. Click sad face. Move on. Another person declares “me too”. Hit angry face. Move on. Donald Trump threatens North Korea. Post a meme. Move on. King tides devastate Majuro. Type “stay safe”. Move on. Neo-nazism on the rise again. Tweet angrily. Move on. 100 dead in a suicide bomb. […]Read More Facebook Fatigue
I can feel my breathing getting shallower and quicker. I’m nervous. I never get nervous. Six teachers, well five teachers and me – the only female – are sat on stage in front of maybe 200 students and staff… well maybe 100 but the lecture theatre seems full. No one comes with a banner for […]Read More The Poetry Slam: Challenge 1. Jan 2018.
I’m sitting in Brunei listening to thunder rumble on the horizon, Heather Horton on the stereo, on my patio in Rimba wondering how the hell I’m almost 40. Like how does this happen?! The days are long but the years are short… I still remember trying to pierce my friends belly button on the back […]Read More Hello World.