I am a journalist with a multicultural background, I was born in Albania and grew up in London, UK.
People often ask me about where I am from, where I feel I am from, I only have one answer; I am like a bird.
There is so much Albanian in me but I feel very English too.
Over the years I have learned that I enjoy being creative. I love laughter, fashion, everything vintage, sports (I am very competitive) and glitter.
But there is no amount of laughter or glitter that can hide who I really am. Currently, I am working on my ups and downs, in professional terms, bipolar.
I am a mother to the most precious little boy, Noah. He brings a lot of joy to my heart. I have to admit though, being a mother is not an easy job but it is very rewarding too.
I want to use My Daily London (MDL) as a place to voice my experience of mental health as mother, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend and as a being. This is a place where I will share information about different things that will help you with your well-being, from podcasts and interviews to event reviews and things I do as a mama to help me move forward.
I am a fortunate one, I have had so much support from family and friends and from professionals. I understand that this may not always be the case.
For a long time, I have been in denial about my mental health, I thought I didn’t need help, I was my own God. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, single or in a relationship (however old you are), I hope MDL will help you understand mental health better.
Even if you feel you don’t have family or friends, you need to know that you are not alone, there is help for you, keep asking. Whether you are an immigrant, British, black, white, Asian (whatever the politically right term is), a male or female, just ask for help.
It doesn’t matter what your background is, rich, poor, homeless or just comfortable. Don’t let anything stop you to try and improve your mental health. You’re not alone.
My motto for life at the moment is (something I wrote while recovering in hospital):
As I watch the branches of trees flow beautifully and peacefully beneath the blue, soft sky, I can’t help but think about life.
If I learn to flow with what life blows at me, I will always find peace within myself.
I witness the branches and leaves flawlessly dancing with the wind. No anger, no resistance. Just dancing.