Here are my top 10 tips for recovering from mental illness. Tell me any really good tips I've missed out in the comments. They're not commandments, just what worked for me - feel free to disagree.
I think the most terrible thing about the whole situation is the complete sense of isolation I felt. It's like I was sitting on this tremendous well of pain, clinging to the edge of it, trying to make sense of it.
In the same way that we exercise and watch our nutrition to keep in good shape you'll find that meditation is a key factor in running a healthy company.
Disguised as a carefree rite of passage, it proved that girls could function, physically, without male protectors, could provide their own shelter, gather fuel, store and cook food without recourse to electric or gas, and have endless, deliriously innocent fun in the company of other females.
Whilst many people think they will give out of their surplus once they are content, I believe that giving is a key to reaching that elusive state of contentment.
The stereotypers ignorantly believe that any female in the technology world is a geek and that any girl geek is, by default, well... really ugly. Sometimes men can't hide their surprise when I walk into a room or introduce myself.
Above all, it's a class issue. The idea of lounging around during your maternity leave, spending the morning in coffee shops with other mums - having enough time to quit your job and create a business plan - just screams high-income husbands, supportive and available family members, pre-school daycare and nannies.
The 15 months I spent as a project manager working for Turner & Townsend in Atyrau, Kazakhstan was nothing short of amazing and a real test of my confidence and resilience.
Due to the need to improve the evidence base for participatory arts and health courses, people on the waiting list were invited to take part in an evaluation of Open Arts.
Our system is broken; the power, the political capital, and the money resides at the top of a hierarchy. Meanwhile those in most need are further disempowered and pushed to the fringes of our society. Without funding the women's sector simply cannot provide lifesaving services to women in desperate need.
Like the proverbial oyster, we all have daily attacks of unwanted problems. We must learn, through persistence, to coat them and make them our points of strength. Over time, these trials will be transformed into "pearls" - accomplishments otherwise unthinkable.
I think a lot of people have been touched by breast cancer either personally or know of some friend or family member who has gone through the journey. I call it a journey because that's precisely what it is and I know it personally but thankfully, mine was caught really early.
Having spent the last 12 years combining personal training with Pilates, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of different bodies, and can say with absolute certainty that no two bodies are the same, or even close to the same!
I don't care about the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. I don't mean to diminish the man at all, if he were a friend I'd be upset for him. Nor am I about to segue into a rant about the insignificance of the issue in comparison to the starving children in Africa or some other social injustice, because I can't honestly claim to spend much time thinking about that day to day either.
Sister, wife, mother, daughter, artist...These are a few things that identify who I am in this world. One, however, stands above the rest, marking me as special: WOMAN.
Although this year marks a new high for female CEOs, women still run just 3.6 % of Fortune 500 companies. The global percentage of female executives has with much difficulty, ticked above 10% for the first time, this year. The survey of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) found that 73% of female respondents felt barriers still existed for women seeking senior management and board-level positions in the UK. So what helped me break through?