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Recovery isn't linear - The good, The Bad & The Ugly.

**CW/TW - Mental Health, Mental Illness, PTSD, Anxiety, Alcohol, Depression, Recovery, Flashbacks.**

It's been refreshing going through my recent blog posts and all my photos on instagram. I have seen a complete change. More confidence, a near permanent smile on my face, enjoying each and every day as much as possible. Facebook even reminded me of a blog post I wrote this time last year - 'Sobering Thoughts on my "Anniversary"' - which shows a huge progression in my recovery and how far I have come over the years. However, recovery.isn't.linear!!

Since leaving Italk back in February, I have done so much. I was concerned I would hide away, working from home and that my mental health would take a massive hit. Don't get me wrong, some weeks were a lot harder than others, but I made the effort to do as much as I possibly could to keep my mind and body active.

I've had some of the most amazing months, and the BEST summer in a very long time.

I participated in the Pretty Muddy 5k Race for Life event, which was extremely emotional, but SO worthwhile. I cannot wait to do it again next year.

I also met up with some familiar and friendly faces at Solent Mind to be awarded my R.E.D January medal. Remember that? Yeah, that feels like years ago now.

Went to gigs, wrestling events, art events, local city events, started going for forest walks, and took more photos from where I went.

Myself and my friend, Kolby, started a small production company called Queer Coffee Productions - we have made a 10 min taster of our film, HE, HIM, HIS, which has been sent off to a few Film Festivals. Working on the full-length gradually.

I attended the #MHBlog awards where I was filming and was also a nominee for an award. I met new and amazing people and cannot wait to be involved when it takes place next year.

Myself and Mitchell went to see The Muppets take the o2. It was AMAZING!! Yes, we cried, and laughed... A LOT!!

I had the most wonderful day at Southampton Pride with Rae.

The weekend before that was ArcTanGent - the only festival myself and Mitchell went to this year, but my goodness, it was fantastic!!!

We took a day trip to Paultons Park and I went on my first ever Rollercoaster (admittedly it was for children, but I still screamed my head off - which then turned in to hysterical laughter)