Van Gogh drawing… :)

Hey guys,

Rifling through my things when moving house, sorting things out and I found this drawing I did when I was 21. My all time favourite artist. Van Gogh. I found a book back then with all of his letters to his brother, Theo and loved it. Then I visited Auvers Sur Oise in France where he died. I love Van Gogh. I wrote a short story about him called “Yellow.” #vangogh

9 Things to do, to get through…

Nine things we can do to get through this:

1. Focus on your spiritual life and practice. I meditate every morning – and pray. Whatever your spirituality is focus on this when you wake up. Take some quiet time.

2. Take your vitamins and try not to overeat – it’s hard, but only treat yourself every now and then during the day. Drink lots of fluid. These are things I’m struggling with haha, this is why I am saying this. None of us is perfect! So if you are overeating, don’t beat yourself up about it! Life will be more normal at some point in the future, so don’t worry too much.

3. Create something, draw, write a poem, or garden, do a project around the house. I have been drawing and I plan to write some poetry as well. Get creative in whatever way you like to, whether it is art, knitting, gardening, craft, or building furniture whatever your thing is. Be creative it really takes us out of ourselves and our current situation.

4. Write down your emotions: be completely honest, write your deep emotions and what is happening and you will feel a release of these emotions. It has been proven by psychology and also I have seen it work, in my book Freedom Writing I give people some tips on how writing therapy can help you release negative emotions. (Freedom Writing available on amazon and many other outlets.)

5. Rest. Try to get rest. I’m finding I’m more tired now. Get some exercise and rest. Be active, go for a walk if it is allowed. Dance around your house if you have room, listen to music you love. Keep yourself uplifted by moving and enjoying the art you love.

6. Make sure you check in and communicate with your family and friends, don’t be completely isolated. We all need human contact so don’t isolate yourself too much.

7. Be kind to yourself. Make sure you are safe and looking after yourself. Read your favourite book, watch your favourite TV show or movie. Allow yourself to have fun and laugh. 

8. Turn off the news – I only watch it twice a day now. At first I watched everything as I am a journalist and wanted to know every detail. Then I was dizzy a few days in a row, and felt weak. I was sick. But I also think that the stress wasn’t good for me. I have started to only check in with it twice a day.

9. Watch cute animal videos or comedy, or nature documentaries these all are very relaxing and soothing. Documentaries have been soothing for me in this time. Also write a list of the things you have to do and then tick it off as you get things done. Be specific as well, as this will make you feel good and you can see yourself achieving these small things. You know you have had a good day. 🙂

Go well, stay safe and just hang on. If we all do the above we can come out the other side better people and having learnt things about ourselves, having maybe discovered our spiritual lives more and become deeper individuals knowing what is important and what is not.

Suz 🙂

Character drawing…:)

Hey guys,

I hope you are going okay in isolation at the moment with your family or a friend around. Today, after doing some of my work at home I got to do some drawing, this is one of the characters from my book, Sozan, she is based loosely on a real person but then I created her backstory and personality.

I think she is one of my favourite characters, but I love them all haha. 

I hope this conveys something of her character, she is spirited, bold and fearless. She loves her friends above everything. 🙂

New Reviews – Where the Sun Rises…

Sunrise in Kobane, Syria.

A story of devastating loss and ultimate triumph

“This is a war story unlike any I’ve read. Thoroughly researched with easy to read prose, I was initially intrigued by a story about female soldiers: what makes vibrant young women risk everything by taking up arms and leaving families already decimated by war? As each woman is drawn into the conflict we learn more about them: their culture, their land, their history and yes, why they take up arms. While we learn about how they train and fight, this was not the highlight for me. With each new chapter I was drawn deeper into the lives of these truly courageous women bravely confronting the horrors of ISIS. Together they suffer devastating losses but also experience the deepest love of friendship, sisterhood and sacrifice. The story builds to a tragic climax of seemingly senseless loss that will bring tears to many readers (as it did for me). But the final chapters show us the results of all they suffered, made all the more poignant by the historical truth it’s based on. My life is richer having read this novel. Definitely recommend it!” 

Amazon Customer

“A great account of what the Kurdish women and men achieved against a vile enemy. Not just a book about conflict but the conflicts that these women faced. A book that well documented the human struggles of all wars. I highly recommend it to all modern history buffs.”

Angus McGeachie

Hold everything lightly…

Hi everyone,

The sky was so delicate and soft that night I took the pics and this person was flying … 🙂

Hold the important things close, and everything else lightly.

My thoughts and prayers are with my friends in New York, I was only there 15 months ago and it breaks my heart what is happening, and also with Italy, Spain, the UK and all of the other countries that are being ravaged by this virus.

My love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of the countries including my own that are affected right now. We will get through it, but we need to make sure we are there for each other through all of this. I have lost two people very close to me years ago, and I want to say make sure you pull people close who are dear to you, check in on people in your life, and make sure you say things you need to.

Go well, be safe and take care. Suz.