The Week That Was: February 21, 2016

What has happened in the past week?

Firstly, and definitely most importantly…

Hugo’s Second Birthday

Yesterday was Hugo’s second birthday. A day full of thoughts of what should have been – and also of what is.

Martin and I visited Hugo’s garden to take him his gifts. We bought him a train spelling out his name; some daffodils and tulips (yet to open); and a solar-powered cat lamp (it’s in the other part of his garden – in the next couple of days I’ll do another post dedicated to Hugo’s birthday with more details).


Marking Hugo’s birthday is bittersweet because while our son was born 16 weeks’ prematurely, it is a day of celebration: gratitude that Hugo was born alive, and that I am still here as I explained in this post.

I am bowled over by the response to that post. So many people – people I know, and people I don’t – got involved by getting in touch to tell me what they are grateful for.

Hugo’s legacy even trended yesterday! #HugosLegacy top-trended for his first birthday – it was an attempt we had planned but even so the response was phenomenal. This year it was completely unplanned and organic, which made it all the more special.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who got involved.



Symplur is an organisation that tracks Twitter hashtags related to healthcare, and tracks their impact. You have to submit a hashtag to them for approval; I submitted #HugosLegacy months ago, and had thought it wasn’t going to be accepted. So, receiving an email from Symplur on Friday telling me #HugosLegacy is now set up was a wonderful early birthday gift for Hugo.

I was pleasantly astonished to see that the reach of #HugosLegacy as of Friday was 13.1 million (impressions means tweets bearing the hashtag has been delivered to the timelines of that number of accounts).

As of today, that number has increased by 1.5 million to 14.6 million impressions! It’s incredible to see that Hugo’s Legacy is being taken seriously and is having a real impact.



My therapist advised me last week that I have been approved for EMDR therapy, which is great news and very positive. It has good results for people with PTSD because in essence it is a way of helping someone access traumatic memories without having a complete meltdown. I am not entirely sure how it works – it feels a bit like witchcraft – but I know others with PTSD have found it very effective. I’m hoping to find out in tomorrow’s session when I will start EMDR.


My friend and I went to our first-ever spinning class on Friday morning. We were both a bit apprehensive, but thoroughly enjoyed it! Our enjoyment wasn’t hampered by the instructor saying throughout the class things like:

I want to see the pain on your faces!

She’s an excellent instructor, encouraging us to push ourselves to our limits. It is one heck of a workout – two days later my legs still feel the effects in a good way.

My trainer had to cancel my induction session last week. I’m hoping to meet him soon to get a proper programme for my torture – ahem, I mean exercise plan.


We usually binge watch TV series, which has resulted in the concept of us considering waiting a whole week for the next episode unthinkable!

As a result we recorded the Deutschland 83 series which we’ve been catching up with during the past couple of evenings. I’m fascinated by the period (twentieth century Germany was my specialist area for my history degree). In 1983 I was six years old, and I remember being terrified by the thought of nuclear war though of course too young at the time to really understand what it was all about.

The series is brilliant – great acting and soundtrack, too.


I’ve been enjoying playing with my lettering, and if I say so myself had a bit of a breakthrough with brush lettering.

I’d done some research on the best pens and heard rave reviews about Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I’ve been practising my technique loads, and with the benefit of the book I bought as well as the Tombow pens am proud of my efforts:

Some of my #favouritefood for yesterday’s #surelysimplelettering prompt

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


I was repeating the same words and phrases so many times I had a bit of a Jack Nicholson from The Shining moment…

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


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6 Comments on The Week That Was: February 21, 2016

  1. Single Mum Speaks
    February 27, 2016 at 11:28 am (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday Hugo. How amazing that your hashtag has been seen by so many people 🙂 #thejoychaserlinky

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:35 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you – I’m so proud xxx

  2. Amanda
    February 27, 2016 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

    What a week! Happy Birthday to Hugo… What an incredible legacy you have truly created for him! Good luck with the therapy #sharethejoy

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:35 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Amanda xxx

  3. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    February 23, 2016 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

    Leigh what an incredible impact you’ve had with #HugosLegacy – it’s inspirational and such an amazing tribute to your son. Good luck with the EMDR – I used CBT for my therapy so I’m interested to see how you get on. And loving your lettering too by the way! Thanks for linking up this happy post at #sharethejoy my fabulous friend x


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