I vowed not to be a blogger that starts a post with ‘apologies for the silence over recent months’ and whilst it hasn’t been months since my last post (36 days to be precise!), I do feel as though I have neglected ‘Being Just Us’ of late and even worse, have written very little to satisfy my love for writing.
So, where have I been?
At the start of 2017 (I’m avoiding using the term resolution!), I vowed not to overload my social calendar, focused on putting a stop to squeezing in ‘appointments’ and decided I wasn’t going to involve myself in extra curricular activities such as volunteering and the occasional college course. At the end of last year life felt hectic and even though I thrive on being busy, I also recognised I needed time out. I wanted to allow more time for relaxation. Spend more evenings after work relaxing in my loungewear, reading, immersing myself in a good series and reverting forcing myself away from being a night owl that often affected my functioning abilities the following morning!
So, I succeeded at watching a new series (easy choice with Being Mary Jane just entering its gripping 4th series!) and have been reading more, which has enabled me to pluck out new ideas for my blog, but my social life is still as busy as ever! I’ve been trying new restaurants in London satisfying my passion for food, keeping more closely connected with friends over glasses of wine and have also been fortunate enough to get involved in a few exciting projects…
Leading charity, Changing Faces will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. An amazing milestone for an incredible charity that has supported and made a difference to tens of thousands of people coping with disfigurements everyday. I was very fortunate enough to be asked to take part in a special photoshoot to mark the occasion, photos of which will be used to make a ‘coffee table’ book showcasing a collection of inspiring images of those associated with the charity. I can’t wait to see the finished product later in the year!
In association with the anniversary, the charity will be holding the UK’s first Face Equality Day on Friday 26th May 2017 alongside the release of a report called Disfigurement in the UK which will seek to highlight the issues and pressures that those with disfigurements face, day to day.
To find out more about Changing Faces check out the link below;
The Vitiligo Society Quarterly Magazine
The Vitiligo Society has always remained close to my heart, as it’s the only dedicated organisation local to me that has provided support, raised funds and organised events for those like myself living with Vitiligo. I recently contributed two interesting articles to the forthcoming issue of Dispatches, which will be released around March time. I also hopefully have some exciting news that I can share with regards to ongoing support at the Society. Hopefully I’ll be able to reveal more later this month!
14 – 16 Science: Skin Colour and Vitiligo
Changing Faces, recently revealed via Twitter, that they have created a collection of resources for schools, around a number of topics affecting teenagers, one being skin colour and Vitiligo. The resources, available on the website, aim to teach students about the role of melanocytes and melanin in skin colour alongside providing an overview of Vitiligo. I think this is a great stepping stone for schools as they assist with helping to raise awareness and an amazing initiative created by Changing Faces.
Check out the resources out the resources on the charity website: