I read a quote the other day that said: A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other instead of about each other. It got me thinking, which isn’t always a good thing. I thought about the level of truth in it and then I thought again. Talking is… Continue reading Understanding One Another
Hi there! My name is Laura Ashurst. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. For the last 16 years I’ve also been a cancer patient at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough; I’m one of the one in eight women worldwide who develops breast cancer in her lifetime. I’m also a human being behind that statistic. I’m me and I’m living with cancer.
What does living presently look like? How does it feel when we focus our attention on the moment that we’re in without the heaviness of dwelling on difficult past events or the uncertainty about what might lie ahead; transporting ourselves to events in the future that take us away from today and the time that… Continue reading Mindfulness In Action
What kinds of things do you challenge? This is a general question but on International Women’s Day, I’m aiming it particularly at women. Depending where in the world you are as you read this, your answer will vary dramatically. Thanks to the support of people like you who read my blog, its content manages to… Continue reading #ChooseToChallenge
There are only three days left of this year or three more sleeps whichever way you want to view it. It’s that time of year between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve where our bodies are starting to feel a little over indulged and yet we’ve got still got lots of lovely chocolates to wade… Continue reading The Wonder of You
I have lots of precious childhood Christmas memories. One of them is sitting back-to-back with my twin sister on Christmas Day morning as we unwrapped our presents so that neither of us spoiled the surprise for the other in respect of the contents of a Christmas gift. (In those days twins were given the same… Continue reading What Does Courage Look Like?
“As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others”. This quotation, attributed to Maya Angelou, is the foundation on which this blog post grew. I came across it earlier this week and I’ve thought a lot since, about what it means. So… Continue reading Helping Hands
Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. For the last 19 years, the Mental Health Foundation has used a week in the month of May to shine a spotlight on mental health. It encourages us to talk about mental wellbeing and in doing so helps to remove the stigma associated with the… Continue reading Kindness Rules
Since my last blog, we’re two weeks further into this Annus horribilis: we will forever remember 2020 as the period in our global history where life as we knew it ground to a halt due to COVID-19, a new disease caused by the corona virus, so-called because of its crown-like shape under a microscope. The… Continue reading Mood Boosting
This blog post feels a bit different to my usual blog posts but it’s in keeping with the concept of us all currently facing a highly unusual time. Time is something that is going to feel very different in the coming weeks and months. During the last five days of self-isolation, I’ve tried four times,… Continue reading Mental Health and COVID-19
Caroline Flack committed suicide on Saturday 15th February 2020. Like millions of others, I read about the tragic event that Saturday evening on social media. I immediately felt a wave of total sadness and shock wash over me. The circumstances leading up to Caroline’s suicide have been intensely documented within the media whose recent coverage and scrutiny… Continue reading Opening our Hearts to Kindness