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Feeling proud.

This post is going to ooze with positive vibes. I am so proud of myself and how far I have come over the past year. It’s time to acknowledge my strengths and give myself a pat on the back.

Just over a year ago I couldn’t leave the house; It literally took everything I had to go to the shops, the gym and anywhere that wasn’t my bedroom to be honest. Depression and Anxiety ruled my life. I tried so hard to beat it: Counselling, Psychology, therapy, exercising, writing (which is why I started a blog), communicating with people and I became an avid reader. I desperately wanted to escape from the confines of my mind. I realise, now, that this is impossible. I have Depression. I have anxiety. It’s a mental illness – not something you can grow out of or get rid of completely. I’ll always have it. It’s a part of me. And once you accept that: You can move on with your life. Taking it with you and creating positives from these negative aspects of your life.

Let’s not dwell on all of the things my Mental Health suppressed me from doing. Let’s talk about how far I’ve come over the past year. I have been at college for over half a year now doing an HNC in Professional Writing Skills in the Creative Industries, I have worked in River Island as a sales assistant over the Christmas period, I have got back in to filming YouTube videos (and dabbling in a bit of singing now and again too) and I have worked with some incredible brands and people through my blog. I created a twitter chat which I host twice a week and it has become more successful than I ever imagined. Within this chat I have created my own community with a ‘snail mail’ programme (where we all hand write letters to one another) and it is also a retweet account that other blogger’s can use to get their work recognised. Added to this, I have received a conditional offer from the University of Strathclyde in Creative Writing, Journalism and English. I am genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, gobsmacked by this! I wasn’t even going to apply and I just can’t believe they want ME! In addition, I have been awarded a definite offer at the City of Glasgow college for HND Journalism as a back up plan (incase I don’t meet the conditions for University). Overall, this upcoming year is going to be full of exciting things for me!

At the moment, I am working on something very exciting which I will share with you guys next month. It is in relation to Mental Health and I have been pouring my heart and soul in to it for the past while now. I can’t wait to share it with you lovely lot.

This post was just a brief update and to let you all know my good news! I am going to go and immerse myself in this ‘project’ I am working on. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Charlene McElhinney

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11 thoughts on “Feeling proud.

  1. You have achieved so much and you should be super proud of yourself for that! Like you, I’ve always found it so difficult to leave the house and do things myself. Anxiety just makes me paranoid and self conscious and feel like I physically can’t do it but I moved out last year and have achieved a few things I never thought I would and it’s so rewarding isn’t it? Fab post x

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  2. This is amazing! Congratulations, girl! I am so proud of how far you’ve come. Being a victim of depression and anxiety myself, I realised that it’s not life that’s what makes you not move on, it’s how you choose to perceive life. Congrats, once again 🙂

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  3. Charlene, I am SO incredibly proud of you! Every time I read about how far you’ve come in such a short space of time, my heart bursts with pride! I am so blessed to call you a friend! You’re definitely going places, and I’m confident that you’ll be going from strength to strength! Whether you end up at Strathclyde or Glasgow, you’ll be top of the class!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  4. Congrats sweet! You deserve everything and so so much more, you really have worked really hard. Depresssion has destroyed so much of my life, mental illnesses are horrible! It’s so good to see your reclaiming your life and I can’t wait to see what mental health collaborational thing you’re working on! Well done 💖 X

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