Dear Bloggers and Readers,
I’m very excited today to share with you a project I’ve been working on, with a prestigious Ivy League university in the US which seeks innovative solutions to global challenges. One such challenge is the issue of Mental Health and the lack of awareness and stigma surrounding mental health conditions. Statistically, it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Globally, there are over 300 million people affected by various mental health conditions, with depression alone being the 3rd leading cause of disease burden worldwide. In spite of these statistics, there is very little awareness of mental health and inadequate services to cater for this ever growing problem.
We are conducting research into the general public’s awareness of mental health and accessibility to treatment and would appreciate if you could spend a few minutes completing the survey below. This is an opportunity to lend your voice to help drive solutions that will not only tackle this complex issue but potentially save lives.
All responses are anonymous and it will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
Please also leave any additional comments or views you have on this topic. I look forward to reading the comments.
Thank you for your contribution.
As a food loving amateur chef (ha!), I couldn’t resist putting up a post on my new found recipe! Totally unrelated to my blog theme but hey…so what?! Check out the picture below… Looks yummy right?! :)👌…presentation skills could do with some improvement, I’m working on it.
I’m proud of my culinary skills if I may say so myself!😜
Incase you’re wondering what it’s made of, the primary ingredients are:
Parsnips (I 💛 them)
The animal of choice – 🐐 a.k.a lamb chops all drizzled with some apple cider reduction!
While I’m not the inventor of the recipe sadly, I’d be more than happy to share it so buzz me or leave me a comment and I’ll get it right to you!
There’s a whisper in my soul…one that grows louder with each passing day. It starts out very quiet, first as a random thought so unusual and illogical that it is quickly replaced by the mundane, normal thoughts dominant in my rapidly active mind. But then the whisper comes back more firmly and more resolute only this time not just with random thoughts but visions of a life different from what I’ve grown accustomed to. With the realization that it is more than just a whisper comes the sobering questions – what next? how? why? Suddenly life as I know it no longer seems enough. It seems to be a whisper carrying with it a desire for more and a push to seek and walk a different life. The discontent in my spirit is not linked to the need for the acquisition of personal and material things. But rather to give and maximize potential beyond what I can ever ask or imagine. Is it a discontentment at dreams and aspirations not yet lived? Have I been born for such a time as this? What am I here for and am I fulfilling my mission? Is my life carved out for something so different beyond my wildest imaginations? Beyond what I’ve known and have come to accept?
This growing whisper has becoming a nagging in my conscious that has refused to let go. So unsettling is it that the normal routine holds no appeal anymore, but rather it is breathing and igniting a desire for radical transformation and change! But yet, I wrestle. Wrestle against developing those thoughts and giving life to it. Why? For fear of what it will mean, because it is like threading into unknown waters. The familiar is comfort and seeming certainty – while the unfamiliar represents discomfort and uncertainty. Who in their right minds would want to knowingly walk into discomfort and unknown territory?
But another more terrifying thought forms and even as that thought forms, I shudder to think of it. “Can you look back at the end of your life and be content with unfulfilled dreams?”. It is not a question I want to answer because I will not let fear paralyze me. I know in my spirit that I was born for such a time as this. So I have made a decision – with each passing day I will allow this growing whisper get louder and I will listen and trust Wisdom to guide me in the path she has prepared for me. I do not know what that path is, but I know that it is one filled with light, honor and glory, impact and change. It will leave it’s mark and not be a silent dream and aspiration waiting for it’s time to go six feet under. It will reverberate for generations to come and He who made me will be glorified in it for in Him all things hold together.
I have a dream and it will not die.
This is the end result of not having enough milk to finish my pancakes this morning.
I learnt a valuable lesson today – we may not always have all the ingredients we need to finish the job but there are always options if we are willing to put on our creative cap and be daring, explorative and inventive!
It’s been a long road to this first post but at last here it is! Just so you know, I’ve spent every night the last few evenings trying to put this blog together, fiddling around with WordPress :). I work in technology but I have to tell you, it took me a while to get the hang of this one, lol (I know…don’t judge me ;)!
For so long I’ve wanted to pen down my private inner thoughts and make them “public”, bring them to life and keep them before my eyes because it is my attempt at understanding the world around me and the everyday nuances and conundrums of life that we’re faced with. I’d like to be able to claim that I’ve always journaled these thoughts but at last, I haven’t! As many may be able to attest or relate to, life happens and so there have been times when I’ve been diligent with writing in my journal and there have been times when many blank pages have stared me in the face! You cannot imagine my mortification (slightly exaggerated) when I pick up my journal and realize that my last post was 2 years prior, sometimes even more! Where does the time go though, seriously?!
So dear blog, I’m hoping you can help me change that and be better at capturing and articulating the random and abstract thoughts that roam within these brain cells of mine.
Here’s to our future together, may the words that we write satisfy our souls, stir our minds and illuminate life with all its intricacies, complexities but most importantly beauty!