It’s beyond frustrating that things like empathy, tolerance, manners and kindness are what get you branded a ‘snowflake’, ‘SJW’, or some other snide description.

How about, instead of laughing at someone, take a minute to understand why they’re offended?

I’m not saying I’m perfect (by any means!), but I’m learning as I go.

While we’re on it, can we also please stop using ‘liberal’ as an insult. Wanting equality, and respecting others, doesn’t make us ‘whiny pussies’. Times are changing and we need to change with them. We need to listen to survivors, victims and minorities, and learn how to be better.

Being open-minded and accepting of others takes nothing away from you. Stop hiding behind your ‘traditional’ values and realise that letting women have rights over their bodies, or accepting other beliefs and sexual orientations WON’T AFFECT YOU IN ANY WAY.

The people who call us snowflakes are always, oddly, the people who get the most butthurt when they think their ‘freedom of speech’ is being taken away. The people who ‘speak their mind’ or ‘tell it like it is’ are usually the people who hate to be challenged.

Listen. Open your mind. Be better.

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Spot the Signs along with partnership organisations are commemorating the 16th World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September by requesting people in Hertfordshire to dedicate their cycle ride miles between 1st -17th September to suicide prevention.

How does the campaign work?

People are encouraged to Sign up, Cycle and Send the miles that they have ridden into Spot the Signs to see how far Hertfordshire can cycle using the hashtag #HertsWSPD. These will all be added up and sent to the international Cycle Around the Globe page.

This awareness raising campaign is free to enter and aims to prevent suicides by inviting people to talk about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Prizes are up for grabs for the people that cycle the furthest during the campaign and anyone is able to get involved.

Emma Paisley, Senior Project Coordinator of Spot the Signs and Save a Life campaign said:

“Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a suicide, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable. World Suicide Prevention Day is an invaluable opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health.

Spot the Signs and Save a Life is the Hertfordshire suicide prevention campaign and our vision is to make Hertfordshire a county where no one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.”

I just wanted to give you a little update, as there have been some developments on the book front.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, my publication date has been pushed back to late November/early December. Everything is fine on my end (despite the odd occasional Twitter meltdown and moment of self-doubt), and in a way it’s kind of a relief that I’ve got a bit more time. I’m certain that this will be for the best.

So, this means that 1) I’ve had to move my book launch party to January, and 2) I’m no longer going to have a stand at the Wellness and Beauty Expo. Because, well, without a book to promote it would just be me and a sad little empty table.

But, I’m still going to be a speaker at the event (EEK!), so if you fancy watching me squirm on stage for half an hour, gesticulate wildly and ramble about my recovery journey, book your ticket today! There will be other, much better, speakers than me there, I promise.

So that’s it. You can still pre-order my book, and I only hope that the extra time and work going into it will pay off. Here’s hoping it will be worth the wait.

Thank you to everyone who’s supported me on this journey so far. It’s been tough at times, but your kind words of encouragement have helped immensely.

The lovely people at Paperless Post very kindly reached out to me and offered me some free credits to use their online invitation and guestlist service.

With my book coming out soon, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to create some snazzy launch party invitations.

With so many lovely designs to choose from, it was a tough decision, but I settled on something fun, bright and colourful. You get to customise everything and the website is super user-friendly.

I’m so happy with the finished design, and the whole process took hardly any time at all. It’s really easy to manage your guestlist and keep track of who’s RSVP’d.

Overall, I was really impressed by the service. It’s a really simple way to send out beautiful digital invitations and have your guestlist in one easy to manage place.

If you’ve got a big event coming up and you want to do a bit more than just create a Facebook event, but don’t fancy faffing with old-fashioned postal invites, this is ideal.

Recently, I received quite possibly the best email ever. No, not my Hogwarts acceptance (I’m still waiting), but an invite to La Piccola on Holdenhurst Road, to sample their bottomless Prosecco brunch. I was promised 90 minutes of sumptuous Italian food, washed down with as much Prosecco as I could throw down my gullet. Ideal, no?

Salad

A simple, but delicious, caprese salad. The deep-fried tortelloni – amazing!

This glorious offering is available to book between 12 and 5pm every Saturday and features decadent charcuterie and cheese platters, a Cicchetti section of small plates including calamari and gnocchi (both sublime!) and, of course, plenty of pizza.

I’ve been to La Piccola before, for a standard à la carte meal, so this was a nice change. It was a great way to sample lots of different dishes, and the sociable ‘tapas’ style setup was perfect as there was a large group of us.

The restaurant has a really lovely, classic Italian feel, with rustic decor and green chequered table cloths. The staff who looked after us were all knowledgeable, friendly, and more than happy to have their photo taken!

As a vegetarian, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of choice I had. Naturally, I demolished the cheese board, and enjoyed wonderful grilled vegetables, along with a fab choice of meat-free pizzas.

I honestly didn’t feel like I was missing out at all, except for the charcuterie board – cured meats are my main temptation as a vegetarian! If you love simple Italian food done well, I would definitely give La Piccola a go.

What happens when you dine with bloggers!