The Soundtrack Of My Life #Music #MondayBlogs

The Soundtrack of my lifeMusic has always played a big part of my life. However, I’ve never really nailed down one particular genre, or artist that sums up the soundtrack of my life. I have a varied taste and will pretty much dance to anything!

When I spotted the ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ tag on Em Linthorpe’s blog I knew I wanted to give it a go. You can read Em’s music choices HERE.

Once I started to reminisce about my childhood and teenage years I came up with an eclectic mash of songs, but oh my goodness, it was so much fun to put it all together!

There is no format to this tag; you can list your favourite songs for every decade, follow a timeline of your life, or simply include your all-time favourites. I’ve decided to share the songs that made an impact on me at various times in my life.

My Earliest Music Memory

I was born in the early 70s, but it was the sounds of the sixties that I grew up listening to. My parents loved the Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and even good old Cliff Richard! Even now, forty-odd years later our family dinners are always accompanied by Cat Stevens, Buddy Holly, or Manfred Mann.

The first song I remember vividly when I was a youngster was Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, and it turned this little girl into a lifelong Beatles fan.

Naughty Boys in Nasty Schools

Singing along to a song about headmaster’s breaking all the rules, pulling hair and eating dirt was what the 80s was all about. Madness featured in my early school years, and I still get that foot-tapping joy when I hear this tune start.

The Tween Times

The term ‘tween’ is relatively new and covers the years where ten to twelve-year-olds think they know it all! Being a tween in the 80s was no different, but at least we had neon leg warmers, permed hair, and the Wham Rap!

Teenage Tantrums

I hated being a teenager. I was awkward and gangly (the downside of shooting up to 5ft 10inches in height at 14!), but I do remember the discos. A local nightclub by Birmingham airport opened its doors on a Thursday night for local school kids. It was fabulous! Kids poured to Blazers from all over Birmingham, and we danced, laughed, and hooked up with guys and gals from other schools.

I’m pretty sure the song choices would have included Dead or Alive (You Spin Me Round), Starship (Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now), INXS (Need You Tonight), Pet Shop Boys (It’s a Sin), and New Order (Blue Monday).

My love of all things purple began during my late teens, and I always remained a devoted Prince fan.

My Twenties Weren’t a Calm Oasis

My twenties were all about getting married and having my kids. Oasis dominated these years, and my favourite song will always be Wonderwall.

Although this next song came out in 1979, its title was totally perfect for the next period in my life. 2004 was a time of great turmoil, emotion, and fear as I left my abusive marriage and became a single mum to three small children, but it was also the start of a fabulous new life.

Since then I’ve embraced every genre of music from Guns and Roses to Adele, and I love it all.

Music really does feed the soul.

If you enjoyed this post and would like to do a ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ post on your own blog, then go ahead. Feel free to tag me in so I can take a look.

 

Inspirational ABBA logoExciting news! I’ve been nominated for the Most Inspirational Blogger Award 2017 at the Bloggers Bash.

The criteria is: Who consistently inspires you? Is there a blogger that’s thought provoking and inquisitive? Or perhaps they have become a muse to you with constant provision of inspirational content or imagery? Who’s the one blogger that’s touched your heart? This is the nomination for them.

I would be eternally grateful if you could throw a vote my way – link HERE.

#BookReview Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong #TuesdayBookBlog

Book Review

Title: Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong

Author: Dr. Tim Cantopher

Category: Self-Help

My Rating: 4*

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My Review:

I’ve blogged about my struggle with depression on a few occasions, and so it’s my ongoing mission to find books that help me make sense of this horrendous affliction.

The Curse of the Strong is a short book at only 114 pages. This appealed to me. If you suffer from depression, you will understand the struggle to sit and concentrate for long periods of time. Holding this book in my hand, I felt like I could finish it without too much trouble.

As well as the manageable size of this book I was also drawn in by the content.

  • What is depressive illness?
  • What causes it?
  • What to do when you get ill.
  • Recovery.
  • Staying Well.

These are the questions I ask myself daily.

I’ve been told to ‘snap out of it’ a couple of times and believe me, I wish I could. To discover in the first few pages that depressive illness is not a psychological or emotional state and not a mental illness, but a physical illness was a huge relief.

According to Dr. Cantopher, Clinical depression is every bit as physical a condition as pneumonia or a broken leg. He goes on to explain that this can be demonstrated in the chemical analysis of the cerebro-spinal fluid (this is the fluid found around the brain and spine) by showing a deficiency of two chemicals.

What I liked about this book was the way in which Dr. Cantopher feeds his reader the scientific information behind depression without losing his audience. I was grateful for the simplistic way he describes the limbic system for example.

He uses cases studies to put his points across, and the section on cognitive therapy was interesting to read as I didn’t find CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to be of any help for me when I had my sessions. It made me review a lot of the work I’d already done.

He lost me completely when talking about medication as he goes into great depth about the history of antidepressants and their chemical and trade names. I skimmed over these parts as I just couldn’t focus.

To finish, Dr. Cantopher reviews practical ways to help yourself, including relaxation exercises, time management, and tips for sleeping.

I liked his down to earth approach and the fact that he has worked with clients for many years. Although Dr. Cantopher hasn’t suffered from depression himself, he has seen the harsh realities, symptoms, and effects on his patients and uses his knowledge to offer a practical, manageable book that will offer some help.

People who get stress-induced depressive illness tend to run too hot. They spend too much of their lives putting in too much effort. When confronted by a sea of troubles, they try to deal with them all at once. By now this will be a familiar picture. When they get over-whelmed they just push harder. Because they are so over aroused, they have difficulty in getting to sleep and then, when they become ill, they start waking in the early hours of the morning as well. Then they deal with the mounting tiredness by trying to push their way through it. So the conditions are in place for the fuse to blow.

At the end of the book, there is a list of useful addresses and recommended further reading suggestions.

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong is an easy read that offers good advice. It will be helpful for anyone suffering from stress-induced depression as well as family or friends who wish to understand this illness better so they can offer support.

BUY a copy from Amazon UK or Amazon US

Book Blurb:

This book has helped many thousands of those who have depression. This new edition, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that depression tests the strongest of us. Dr Cantopher guides the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments. He covers the latest information on medications, new guidelines as to the management of depression, and stresses that no one should be to blame for succumbing to depression.

 

I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA

Reading is a favourite hobby of mine, not just as a way to escape the daily grind but it also helps evolve my skills as a writer. It was Stephen King who told us “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others. Read a lot and write a lot.”

Losing yourself in a good book is the perfect way to relax and unwind. It’s thought that reading for just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%.

Sharing the wonderful books I’ve read and reviewed is the highlight of my blogging life. When a book touches my heart or reduces me to tears, makes me laugh out loud, or shudder with fear, then I know I’ve found a masterpiece. Continue reading “I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA”

Become a Better You by Byron Morrison #Interview #TuesdayBookBlog #WeightLoss

I’m delighted to have local author, Byron Morrison, on my blog today. I ‘met’ Byron through a local Facebook networking group and was instantly drawn to his positive energy. I was thrilled when he agreed to pop over for a quick chat about his lifestyle and weight loss coaching and writing non-fiction. Over to Byron…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from? I actually grew up in Johannesburg in South Africa, but I moved to the UK around 20 years ago and now live in Stratford upon Avon.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Weirdly I actually wanted to be a writer but in a completely different context. As a kid I loved fantasy books, but as I grew up I kind of lost my passion for writing stories and instead moved onto writing songs and music. Then a couple of years ago that passion was reignited, but again in a different form.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Become a Better You by Byron Morrison #Interview #TuesdayBookBlog #WeightLoss”

#TuesdayBookBlog Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer #NewAge #Romance #BookReview

Title: Twelve Lessons

Author: Kate Spencer

Category: Contemporary Romance/New Age/Personal Transformation

My Rating: 4*

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Amazon UK | US

My Review:

Having brought my own life back from the brink on several occasions, I felt that Kate Spencer’s book, Twelve Lessons would be a perfect read for me.

It’s very cleverly written as it fits into the personal development genre and yet it’s disguised as a contemporary romance. Stephanie Slater’s life falls apart at the seams, with one disaster after another landing at her feet. She attends a party where there is a Tarot reader who tells her that certain hardships are coming her way, but she refuses to believe such a charlatan. Stephanie is fine. Life is fine. Nothing could ever burst her bubble – could it? Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer #NewAge #Romance #BookReview”

Loving the Life Less Lived by @GailMitchell42 #BookReview #Anxiety

Loving the Life Less Lived

By Gail Marie Mitchell

My Rating: 5*

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My Review:

My thanks to Anna at RedDoor Publishing for a copy of Loving the Life Less Lived by Gail Mitchell in return for an honest review. Loving the Life Less Lived is out TODAY. You can order a copy HERE.

I’m a great believer in things happening for a reason. Having struggled with depression and anxiety for some years, it’s only in the past twenty-four months that it has significantly affected my lifestyle, relationships, and career. I was always able to ‘get on with it’ for the most part, which I’ve discovered, is not conducive to your well-being. When I received Gail’s book I was almost relieved to be able to read about someone else’s journey, and I settled down to read in the hope I would learn how I could fix myself. Continue reading “Loving the Life Less Lived by @GailMitchell42 #BookReview #Anxiety”

Interview with Author, Gail Mitchell @GailMitchell42 #Author #Interview #wwwBlogs

It’s my pleasure to introduce author, Gail Mitchell, as she releases her fabulous book, Loving the Life Less Lived (you can read my review tomorrow). Over to Gail…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born in Nottingham, but spent my teenage years in Brentwood in Essex (before it became famous for TOWIE). After studying in York I came back to Nottingham, moved to Bristol for six years then back to Nottingham again. Nottingham is my home, it’s like a magnet that keeps drawing me back.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An Air Hostess! Even though it’s not politically correct to call them that anymore. Other than that I wanted to be a recluse!

List three words to describe yourself.

Well avoiding the obvious anxiety related words I would say: Continue reading “Interview with Author, Gail Mitchell @GailMitchell42 #Author #Interview #wwwBlogs”