All posts by Yvie Johnson

"You are the root of your success." Turbulent times will bring out the best in you, to make you stronger for yourself, and for others. Living with Bipolar Disorder, I'm now taking one day at a time and arming my spirit and body with health, love and happiness for the journey ahead.

People Power

As I was tying up my laces to head out the door for a training run, Jeremy Vine came on the radio. I wasn't paying particular attention, but his voice brought up a memory of a series of radio interviews and articles I'd come across recently which caused my heart to shudder with disbelief. I ...

Children’s Mental Health Week

Place2Be is one of the 5 mental health charities that I am supporting for Fierce Mind 1680 miles Challenge. I visited a primary school in Enfield last Wednesday to learn more about what they do and I am completely taken by their work to offer emotional and mental wellbeing therapy. They are there for children ...

Pushing through

8 weeks today sounds like a great deal of time to accomplish many things; it also feels like no time at all. The past 3 weeks feel wasted having had to deal with 'stuff': tummy upset, nausea, headaches, stress, mania, hypomania, irritability, fatigue, roller coaster emotions, insomnia, runner's knee, children's infirmary visits, broken phone, kaput ...

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When the Wizard came to Wales

It's like a dream come true. I'm training at the gym, working to strengthen up my core, my glutes, my knees, my arms and my back because weak buttocks can ruin a runner (I read that in a book), and I don't want a weak butt. And while I'm set with my morning and mid-run ...

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Just get out of the tent, she said.

Memories and minds are turbulent and terribly torturous things, or they're terrifically tantalising and tenacious. Just a spoonful of alliteration for breakfast, now let's talk tents. One of my previous posts (Mindful Adventures) introduced some new characters to this adventure story, all of whom are significantly inspirational women who do things because they can, and/or because they ...

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Cartwheeling off the Cliff

A post of two parts, feel free to jump to the end where it's definitely more positive, but if you love gloom, guts and gore, read on, my friend. As luck would have it, my little friend smashed the same day as my iMac crashed during a bulk design download, and the boiler has been ...

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Mindful Adventures

Two words have revealed themselves to mean something very different to me over the past four weeks. I thought I understood adventure. I thought I understood what it meant to be mindful. We often hear that phrase (mostly from our parents or teachers), to be "mindful of that step", or "mindful of the traffic". And ...

A photographic notepad

"Running helps my mind to breathe." ~ Thoughts whilst running

Aha! Moments

"There are many pegs to my washing line." ~ Thoughts whilst running

Running Thoughts

"Don't accept being called over-ambitious. The word itself means there are limits that you are not expected to exceed." ~ Thoughts whilst running