Run.Rabbit.Run.Ptsd award


My dearest friend Lottie started this Run.Rabbit.Run.PTSD award

The wonderful nominated me for this award and I am really grateful. Both bloggers are remarkable writers in their own right.

Please check out their blogs as listed above.

Thank you  for considering me for this award, that previously was known as the Blogger Recognition Award.

The rules:

Thank the blog who nominated you, share the link and award on your blog.

Write a brief story on how you started blogging and

any advice you would give to a new blogger.

Select nominees (max 15)

Advise nominees.

I started blogging over a year ago now, as a way to heal from the discovery that both my parents have narcissistic personality disorder. It was a very painful time for me, as my father had just attempted suicide, so I was suffering with really bad ptsd. Since then I have shared my experiences, courage & hope in my journey of grieving the healthy parents I never had and growing in confidence & self-compassion.

I have since qualified as a life coach, specialising in supporting others in their journey of healing from narcissistic abuse and try to be a mental health advocate for Complex PTSD in particular and reducing the stigma associated with recovery.

The advice I would give new bloggers is to give your fellow bloggers a chance. It is mostly a loving & supportive community. Be supportive to others as well as writing your own posts. Take the time to acknowledge what others have written and leave comments when you can. Friendships can be formed through the blogging world and healing is a huge part of it for those with mental illness.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

They have all had struggles with mental health, so as a mental health advocate I would like to give them the attention they deserve.

Love Athina ♥




1 year on WordPress today!

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When I started blogging a year ago today, I was in a very dark place going through yet another traumatic event in my family. I was able to write about my experiences and also help others through the things I learned. This year has been invaluable in my healing.

I want to thank you all for following and supporting me through this journey.

I also want to thank all recent followers for joining my little world!

I never thought I could have discussed such personal experiences with people I hardly know and yet feel so validated and heard.

With the progress I have managed to make in my recovery, I am now able to continue paying it forward through a second blogging platform and the creation of a brand new Youtube channel. If I can also reach at least a couple of people through there, I will be eternally humbled.

As a Scottish/Greek living in Germany with little German, it has been difficult to get work. My Complex PTSD makes it very difficult for me to find the motivation to learn German properly, especially since I find the language very difficult. My short-term memory is terrible and I have only really been able to invest time and energy in training to become a Life Coach, as helping others is something that I derive great joy from.It is always easier to learn things you enjoy and are passionate about.

If you haven’t already figured it out, this is also my blog:

and brand new YouTube channel :

I thought it was appropriate to reveal these to you on my 1 year WordPress anniversary!

Lots of love ♥

The Sunshine blogger award ;-)


Thank you to Be a voice, not an echo for my sunshine blogger award.

She is a mental health professional who inspires others with her knowledge.

The rules for ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award’ are:

1.Thank the person who nominated you
2.Answer the 11 questions from your nominator
3.Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer

My Nominees Are:

Answers to my nominated 11 Quesstions:

What is your favourite guilty pleasure.

I absolutely adore red wine and chocolate brownies, together 🙂

How many pairs of shoes do you own.

20 pairs

Whats your favourite hobby.

I love doodling & drawing

What could you not live without.

I can’t live without my friends and my husband

Are you sensitive to the full moon.


What’s the first thing you do when you get up out of bed.

I put the kettle on

Whats your zodiac star sign.


Can you speak another language, if so which language.

I speak Greek fluently

Which dwarf, from Snow White fairy tale is your favourite and why?

Bashful is my favourite, because I can relate to his shyness.

How many names of the eight reindeers can you remember in 60 seconds.

(No peeking on Wikipedia)


What’s your get up tune that invigorates you.

Work it by ‘Fifth Harmony’

These are my 11 questions for my nominated blogs:

  1. How often are you creative? What do you create?
  2. What is your favourite form of exercise?
  3. Do you have a pet and if yes,what type?
  4. Do you have any recurrent dreams? If yes, describe one briefly.
  5. If you had one wish, what would it be?
  6. What is your favourite season?
  7. What was your most embarassing moment?
  8. What is your favourite colour
  9. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  10. Which is your favourite blog post? (out of the ones you have written)
  11. What would you recommend to a friend in crisis?

The ‘One lovely blog award’ times 2..




I am so so grateful to have received 2 of these awards from the lovely Gentle Kindness and  Finding my way home 

Both of these bloggers are inspirational writers and I have found their blog posts very helpful.


The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Display the award on your post of the award.
  4. List seven facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I absolutely adore duvet cover sets (cover & pillowcases) and have around 20 different designs.
  2. I love doodling with sharpies, decoupaging and decorating my home.
  3. I realised recently that I have an attachment to the things I own. I am not a hoarder, however I find it hard throwing things away. I think this stems from the fact that my mother threw out my toys, without asking me if I wanted to keep the sentimental ones.
  4. I have always been a cat lover growing up but this year my husband and I will be getting our first dog.
  5. I have 5 teddies. A lamb, a puffin, a panda & a pig which I have bought after the age of 20. I also have an extra large elephant, which I got as a christmas present from my Dad when I was 12. When I was a teenager, I made a hole in the back of the elephant and used to hide my cigarettes in there!
  6. I love macaroni & cheese ❤
  7. I love going to concerts. I have seen more musicians than I ever thought possible. Some of these include Bush, The Offspring, William Fitzsimmons, David Ford, Muse, Rage Against The Machine, Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows, The Goo Goo dolls, Meiko, Guns & Roses, Incubus, Joss Stone, The Chemical brothers, Lilly Allen, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, The Parlor Mob, Mumford & Sons, Sia, K’s Choice, Kelis, Garbage, The White stripes..

I nominate the following people:


I have reached over 100 followers. Thank you so much!

FontCandy (30)Starting this blog back in June has been incredibly rewarding for me in so many ways. I was going through a very tough time and it helped keep me focused on the positives by connecting with so many wonderful people on this community. I have enjoyed reading so many interesting posts on mental health, poetry, art & lifestyle. I have been supported & encouraged and I have hopefully helped others on their own journey of healing from trauma. I am humbled by the fact that 100 people on here are interested in what I have to say. I never thought I would get many followers to start off with so this is just lovely.

I will be going to NEW YORK for 6 weeks on the 4th of October, so I am looking forward to fulfilling my dream of travelling outside Europe and enjoying the experience. My family never travelled far when I was growing up so this is a big deal for me.I am not a big fan of flying but when I see how many of my friends have travelled the world with no problems, I’m not going to let my fear stop me from living my dreams.

I hope you will continue to follow my ramblings and I will do my best to continue writing & interacting with you all.


Child Within

Thank you!

I am very much enjoying the experience of blogging and finding it very cathartic to be writing on here.

I just wanted to say thank you to my followers for supporting my page! It means a lot!

Just wanted to share one of my favourite artists with you, who is from the UK. His name is Simon Clarke and he works in Devon, England! He has very cute & colourful canvas paintings that make me smile! I am hoping to buy some very soon 🙂



IMG_0428Do you have any contemporary favourite artists?