Today is the 3rd birthday of my blog and the first birthday of my YouTube channel! I can’t quite believe that I’ve hit these milestones respectively, so I thought it appropriate to mark the occasion with a blog post and a YouTube video! Furthermore, I’ve decided that today is the day (THE DAY) I decide yet again to get fit. This is the third time this year that I’ve told myself that I’m going to start again when it comes to fitness, exercising and losing weight. I shot a Go Pro video of me working out earlier and suffice to say, it was enough motivation to know that I want to change how I look and feel. Not only for how I see myself but because my fitness levels are shocking. So here we go again, hitting the reset button for the last time this year (fingers crossed)!
Thank you so much, first of all, to everyone who has supported me, messaged me, watched my videos, read my blog posts, shared them, tweeted about them, commented on them and generally interacted with the content I’ve been putting out! I’ll admit that at times I’ve felt like packing it all in for various reasons but I’m so glad I stuck it out, persevered and carried on writing and recording. It’s been one hell of a ride so far and I’ve learnt so much along the way, from how to edit YouTube videos, scheduling posts, knowing the importance of a good thumbnail and writing/recording when I don’t feel like it.
My YouTube channel has also given me the opportunity to experience so many different things and people have reacted to it in such a positive way, I’m truly astounded. To celebrate the channel’s first birthday, I filmed a video earlier on that you can watch here! One example is that the Northern College of England approached me and asked if I wanted to be a speaker at their Mental Wealth Festival! I was honoured and said yes instantly because I wasn’t going to pass up on the chance to speak alongside so many incredible people! If you want to get tickets, you can do so via this link and the festival runs on the 27th and the 28th of June this year, so what’re you waiting for?! It’ll be a great occasion celebrating the importance of talking about mental health but hopefully it will inspire change and action and more doing rather than just constantly talking about it!
My blog and writing have also been instrumental in my recovery with my mental illness. It’s so cathartic when you can sit down and pour out all of your emotions and feelings onto the virtual (and sometimes physical) page. So many people have commented on my blog posts saying that my writing has helped them and given them hope which is the most satisfying compliment anyone can pay me. I’ve also written for the Huffington Post and I’ve been published in The Telegraph as well, something that I’ll always be proud of. It’s been a labour of love but I’ll always keep writing and talking about mental health because if we bang on the door long and hard enough, I am confident that action will start to happen!
Throughout the last year, I’ve battled with my physical health and fitness as well as my mental health. Trying to keep active and fit when you’re mentally ill can sometimes be a challenge and it’s something I’ve had to contend with but now, after two failed attempts, I am convinced that this will be the start of me regaining control of my physical health. I’m a massive fan of Joe Wicks, The Body Coach (the lean in 15 guy off Instagram) and I mainly use his HIIT videos from his YouTube channel and train along with him. It’s a great way of ensuring I’m doing the workouts correctly but also a good source of motivation to push on and keep going.
All of this hard work and sweat and pain is for a good cause because on the 9th of July, I’m running the Westminster British 10k for OCD Action. Last year, I completed the Yorkshire Tough Mudder Half and managed to raise over £600 for them, so I hope to match or better that this year. If you feel like you’re able to, you can donate to my Just Giving page here but if you can’t, I would greatly appreciate it if you’d be able to share my page and help get the word out. I’ve timed it great of course what with the sudden onset of the ridiculously hot weather which is horrible to run in and even worse when you know you have to train. However, I know that when I cross that finish line it will all be worth it.
So there we have it, a year of making YouTube videos and three years of blog posts and two years in a row of fundraising for OCD Action. I guess you can say that I’ve been rather busy! But I wouldn’t change it for the world.