ROAR by Cecelia Ahern is out on October 25th and it is a solid four star read for me 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I must admit that this is the first book I have ever read by Cecelia as I am not into romantic reads and her work always gave me this impression however ROAR a collection of thirty short stories about thirty women has totally changed my perception of Cecelia and opened my eyes to her immense talents as a writer. ROAR is a feminist book dealing with topics related to women such as aging, juggling family life with a career, relationships, overcoming obstacles, gender equality, reproductive rights and modern challenges such as social media. Each story has an important lesson and this reminded me of reading Aesop's Fables which is a wonderful comparison. I would have liked to have seen more stories dealing with mental health issues and Irish issues such as the homeless crisis. However on the whole the writing in ROAR is extremely witty and Ahern's use of metaphor and humor in dealing with often serious subjects makes the book very relatable and creates a very enjoyable reading experience. ROAR is published by @harpercollins and will be available from October 25th. Tag someone who needs to read it in the comments below 👇🖤
October's @goddessprovisions box is so magical 🌕 The theme is Self Care Rituals and it includes 🖤@selfcareoracle deck by Goddess Provisions 🖤 @thesleepycottage sleep mask
🖤 @lees.provisions pink chai tea
🖤 @soapylayne sacred space spray
🖤 @lutska.botanica roll-on
🖤 @balancedguru spot treatment 🖤 Orange Calcite
This box is full of self-care essentials and I especially love the delicious pink chai tea and the stunning oracle deck which is a fantastic resource for self-care ideas! What's your favourite item in the box? Head over to my Instagram Stories for a swipe up link to shop the box. Tag someone who would 🖤 Goddess Provisions below 👇
Today is World Mental Health Day 2018. The semi-colon mark is used by writers when there is a pause in the story but they choose to continue rather than ending it. The semi-colon is precious to people struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, OCD etc. as it is a reminder to stay strong and persevere in the face of adversity. It is wonderful that discussion around mental health has opened up a lot more in recent years but we need to move passed slogans and tokenism. If you genuinely care about helping to fight the stigma educate yourself and use your voice to tackle ignorance, discrimination and the many misconceptions around mental health and mental illness that are still prevalent in our society today.
This year's theme is "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World". It is so important to teach kids and teenagers life skills for mental resilience from an early age, now more than ever. People with mental health issues are naturally very creative and their skills and gifts need to be fostered and encouraged from an early age.
For more information and advice visit @projsemicolon @mentalhealthireland @a_lust_for_life and @iamoneinfour
Lean do bhrionglóidí- follow your dreams 🌟 Let me introduce you to @booksandcharmsbox a beautiful new Irish book subscription box 😍 You can now receive the magic of two second hand books and bookish goods delivered to your doorstep each month! My October box contains the historical fiction novel The Story of Lucy Gault, the suspense thriller Let Me Call You Sweetheart, a dreamy lavender candle from @theirishchandler, a beautiful Gaelic illustration by@threelittlebirdsillustration
cool bookish badges from @thecuriousneedle a bookmark and some lovely relaxing lavender tea from @pukkaherbs 🖤 This box is perfect for bookworms and it is so amazing that all the gifts included are from Irish businesses 🇮🇪 Tag some bookworms who need to check out this fantastic new box at booksandcharmsbox.ie and you can use the code GRACE10 for 10% off 🖤
This adorable "Keep Smiling" jumper from @poorboyvintage is a great reminder to smile more. The depressed brain craves serotonin and endorphins and even the simple act of smiling can help to improve your mood. Even on the lowest days we can all find at least one thing to smile about- the roof over our heads, our family, friends or pets. Isn't it amazing that the simple act of smiling can have such an amazing psychological effect on our mental health? 😁 What makes you smile?