I’m a traveller, a thinker and an explorer of all things inside and out.
In the space of one year I had my heart broken, was violently attacked in an attempted rape and then suddenly lost my father. It was a difficult year. After experiencing these traumas I was left with very painful emotions to deal with such as anger, severe anxiety and depression (to name a few) that led to aggression, insomnia, negative thought patterns and panic attacks. These feelings had a massive impact on my behaviour and because of the shame I associated with these negative feelings I started to avoid many social situations, ultimately comprising the nomadic life I’d become accustomed to.
In order to get my confidence back and resume my explorative lifestyle I decided to approach these traumas like all my other life challenges – with curiosity, determination and the knowledge that the lessons would be worth the pain. I am, and will be forever learning, but with the self awareness I’ve practiced through mindfulness, and the critical thinking I’ve learnt from science it’s given me the ability to step out of my emotions and process my traumas with strength and compassion.
This blog is a sharing of the lessons I’ve learnt along with way. Complete with quirky sketches based on metaphors that I use to describe emotional situations. It’s complete with mind-body-soul therapies that I’ve tried and reviewed so you can read up and see whether you want to try them for yourself. Since working so hard to process all these diffiuclt events, I’m now working on the concept of personal development through awareness and self care from my new website www.shereensoliman.com. My first book will be out in January 2017; The Backpackers Natural Beauty Book which is the first of my self-care series. It will be followed by In Search of Compassion, a book of short stories which takes the reader through a journey of situations, giving perspective on human behaviour and the necessity to have compassion during the most challenging times.
I live for new experiences. I’m a big reader and I recently found my writing voice. I don’t take life too seriously and I’m pretty real, which means that I don’t beat around the bush or stand for any kind of bullsh*t. This might not be the most politically correct blog you’ve ever read but hopefully, it provokes some thought or at least makes you smile. Enjoy!