The Week That Was: February 14, 2016

I thought I’d start a new weekly roundup of my week – because well why not?

So here is the week that was…


I returned to work on Tuesday; I’ve been off since mid-October as a result of my emotional breakdown. It has taken me quite a while to figure myself out, and get myself back to a place where I could even consider going back to work.

Fortunately I have a return-to-work plan that means I can slowly reintroduce myself back in to the real world. The therapy is helping by helping reframe issues and giving me alternative ways of thinking about things.

I am also helping myself by trying to be kind to myself – reflecting that I do not have to be perfect, and that I do not have to punish myself by trying to do all of the things and wearing myself out. That has meant I didn’t write much last week, but that was ok. I just wasn’t feeling it, and I would rather not publish anything than something I am not happy with just for the sake of it. It’s a liberating feeling!


As mentioned above, I haven’t written very much during the past week.

On Thursday though I travelled to London to appear in a Mumsnet video for a campaign to raise awareness of problems faced by pregnant refugee women at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre. It’s for the Women for Refugee Women charity. Having heard so much about the conditions the refugees live in, and the fact the centre is only about 30 minutes away from where I live being involved was not even up for debate.

Also in the video are Hannah from Budding Smiles, and Cash from the Comeback Mum. It was wonderful to spend time with these fabulous women who use their voices and their blogs to help others. Hannah is a close friend, and I’d met Cash all too briefly at BlogFest so I was glad to have a chance to catch up with them both.

Last Thursday was about giving a voice to three pregnant refugee women. Their stories broke my heart: these women are isolated and vulnerable, frightened and alone. They appear to be treated as though they need to be punished for daring to leave their family, friends, their homes, and everything that is familiar to them for the chance of a better life.

The video will be released in March for Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day – I will of course be writing more about the campaign and the women whose stories Cash, Hannah and I have given voices to at that time.

Me, Hannah, and Cash

Me, Hannah, and Cash


I’ve been going to the gym as much as possible, with the aim of shedding some of the extra pounds I have gained in the last few months. Funnily enough, I have been reminded of just how much I actually enjoy exercise! The thing to remember though is that I think you have to be in the right place emotionally to get down to doing regular exercise: while it can have  benefits for mental health, it is not a cure for mental health issues.

*Steps off soapbox*.

Last week I did 60 lengths of swimming which I was pretty pleased with! This morning I worked on the Swiss ball after an hour of cardio – I did two sets of planks off the ball too. I now ache quite a lot!

Oh and I debuted my funky new socks today: I am pleased to report that they are very comfy, and don’t rub (they are also much brighter than they appear in the photo).

Funky new workout socks I bought yesterday. They feel comfy (my old ones rub) and look pretty! Hopefully they’ll help me move faster too…

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on

I’ve got an induction session with a personal trainer next week to get a proper programme together. The gym also offers a range of classes including body combat, body pump, spinning, Zumba, and body balance so I will be trying as many as I can to get things moving in different ways.



I watched Spotlight at the cinema. It’s about a group of investigative journalists working for the Spotlight team of the Boston Globe who uncovered the priest child abuse scandal in 2001/2002. The film is excellent, understated and well-acted. It felt to me like a film from the 1970s: focused on the story; kind of like an All The President’s Men but with the Catholic Church rather than the White House.


St Pancras International is a dangerous place because of the shopping concourse, and on Thursday I found myself in the MAC shop. Not so long ago I really wasn’t a fan of lipstick, and now I can’t get enough of it!

I bought two because I couldn’t choose between them:

To celebrate my newly-discovered #love of lipstick, here’s Lickable by @maccosmetics it’s a soft bright pink #thestyleproject

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on


So that was a quick overview of my week. How has your week been?

2 Comments on The Week That Was: February 14, 2016

  1. Hannah Budding Smiles
    February 14, 2016 at 5:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Those lipsticks are just so you!! Love them! It was such a pleasure and an honour to work with you on Thursday and, as always, I love our catch ups. So pleased that you’re finding such positive ways to manage everything and that you’re feeling the benefits, you’re doing so well my lovely xxx
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    • Leigh
      February 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you lovely Hannah! xxx


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