It took me years to get an agent. Hours queuing in post offices, uploading over-sized email attachments, thumbing through the Artists and Writers Yearbook. I filled up folders with rejection letters, had meetings with agents that came to nothing, and put my novel away in a drawer more times than I care to remember.
My parents both suffered with mental illness when I was growing up. As a young child I can hardly remember any issues and look back through rose-tinted glasses at a golden childhood. Yet, with hindsight, and as I grew older, the impact of those mental health difficulties becomes more and more apparent.
Dealing with any depression or mental health issue during a time of general good cheer and celebration can be markedly more challenging than at other times. The Christmas period, although wonderful, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming too. Here are my top five tips for reducing symptoms and improving mood.
At university my friends used to call me Lipstick Lucy. Day or night, rain or shine, I wore bright red lipstick. It became my signature (literally, I would sign cards with it). I love how glamourous it makes you feel. If you've only got minutes to get ready just throw on a pair of shades, a lick of red lipstick and you're already looking fabulous!
Beyoncé is a fearless leader. She is, unquestionably, a powerful force within her field and, indeed, the world. My message is simple: she leads by example, she is driven by a moral purpose and she exhibits the characteristics necessary for success in any vocation. Master those and the world is your oyster.