Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks blog post. This week I will be talking about wellbeing, Durham Book Festival, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet and World Mental Health Day. So let’s get started.

This week has been manic. Work has been incredibly busy and I have also been out a few nights this week. A combination of work and play and it has left me very tired and if I am honest a bit stressed.

After the last few weeks I have wanted to focus more on my wellbeing and taking care of myself and that has been a struggle this week. When I take some time out for myself I just start feeling guilty about the things I need to do. I know I shouldn’t feel guilty but it is easier said than done.

Last Tuesday evening I did take some time out for myself and went to see David Nicholls talk about his book ‘Sweet Sorrow’ as part of Durham Book Festival. I’m a big fan of David Nicholls and it is 10 years since he last took part in Durham Book Festival. It was good to listen to him talk about the book and read from it. I am not a writer but I am always interested in hearing the process writers take to create a novel. Hopefully it isn’t another 10 years till he is back at the festival.

I have only been to one Durham Book festival event this year. There are more things I wanted to go to but I just down have the time this month. Even now just looking through my diary stresses me out.

On Friday night I had another night out. This time it was to see Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’. I am big fan of Matthew Bourne productions and was keen to see this new production. It was largely a new cast and it is good to see new dancers coming through. I know the story well (interestedly Romeo & Juliet is used as the backdrop in David Nicholls novel ‘Sweet Sorrow) but this production takes the story to a much darker place and it is not the story we all know. I don’t want to spoil it for people so if you get the chance to see please go and see it.

So there you have it I have had a couple of nights out this week. I did enjoy them but I do feel guilty about making time for myself at the moment. This week was World Mental Health Day and it was a reminder to me that this year hasn’t been a good year for my mental health and the importance of making time for myself. It was one of my resolutions that I would look after my wellbeing better this year and for various reasons I haven’t. So having a day for World Mental Health Day is a reminder about the importance of it and for people to talk about it more.

That is it for this week. Sorry for the lateness and thank you for taking the time to read it.

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