Without the dark we'd never see the stars


My favourite time of year. My favourite month!

The smells, the dark nights, the crispy leaves, the colours, the eerie feeling of Halloween edging closer.

So far, this month has been pretty wonderful.

At the end of September I attended the Ordnance Survey ball which was raising money for Solent Mind. One of my heroes, Bryony Gordon, was asked to be a guest speaker there, and I was lucky enough to get to meet her...completely fangirled. Asked for photos and for her to sign my copy of her book, Mad Girl <----- That's a link to, you know, buy it!

What a beautiful, hilarious, wonderful woman. I am so glad I can say I got to meet her, speak with her, and listen to her inspirational words.

The ball was lovely. It's always great to have a reason to dress up and mingle with new people and last I heard £4,000 was raised for Solent Mind. Great work everyone.

September 30th was Brewfest, a music festival held at London Road Brew House and put together by my wonderful friend, Sara, again to raise money for Solent Mind and also to promote Mental Health awareness to the new students of Southampton.

Unfortunately, not many people came to sit and chat with us, however, there was interest in the information which was to hand, and people were donating by popping money in the buckets and joining in with getting their face painted.

A great time was had by all, and although it was completely draining, it was definitely worth it.

On October 3rd I celebrated my 2 years anniversary with my best friend, soul mate and love of my life, Mitchell. I will still never understand why he is with me and continues to be with me, but I must be doing something right, even if I just feel like I'm constantly doing things wrong.

We strolled through town and headed out for dinner.

This was the followed by bowling, which left us both very achy and broken...we must be getting old.

I finally saw my mate's band, Pale Seas, live at Heartbreakers Bar/Venue in Southampton on Sunday night. Wow!! Click on the album art below to be linked to their site. I promise you won't regret it.

Next week I get to see my all time favourite band, Placebo, for a 3rd time, but this time I think will blow me away...I hope to get a blog post up all about it...If I'm able to contain my sheer happiness and excitement.

Tuesday 10th October - World Mental Health Day - was also the same day as the Solent Mind Staff and Volunteer Conference held at Marwell Hotel - sadly we weren't able to go and see the animals. However, what a fantastic location and what a wonderful day!

The day was filled with great information from different sectors of Solent Mind, as well as workshops highlighting some of the fantastic work that's done on a daily basis.

Towards the end of the conference there was a little award ceremony. All the staff were asked in the weeks leading up to the conference to vote for people in certain categories. Unfortunately, I can't remember what they all were but I do remember voting for TARC (Telephone and Referral Centre) to win best team - admittedly I am biased as I work as part of this team, but my goodness, they deserve it. Sadly, TARC did not win the award but our wonderful APWP's - now Trainee PWP's - won it and rightly so. Italk staff really stole the show this year with their winnings.

It was such a wonderful atmosphere and very touching to see how grateful people were to be rewarded for their hard work.

The last award was the Chief Executive Recognition award. Obviously none of us knew of this or had a say as it was simply the choice of the CEO, Kevin Gardner.

Kevin said he would call out the name of the person who had won and then explain to everyone why they had won it. In my mind I figured this would go to someone who had been with the company for many years and contributed everything they had.

We all did a mini drum roll...then a pause...and then..."Emma Townley!"