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By paddy_babe
hi guys, I am back! I've been away for the last two (maybe 3?) years (and judging by other posts, so have a lot of minions!) and Halloween was very low key at my house, one Halloween we only carved one pumpkin! :shock: so not great considering Halloween is my favourite holiday.

Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster and Halloween took a back seat.
We've had financial difficulty, illness, depression and all sorts that made Halloween tough. I had a huge mental breakdown (I've had severe anxiety since I was a teenager but it suddenly hit the roof and I got rushed to the doctor) I'm now on medication (I've tried before but nothing helped, this is a new one and it works for me) and I'm living a life where anxiety is a small part rather than the biggest thing of my day. I've been to weddings, pubs, restaurants, and on holiday. I've held a tarantula, spoke in public and been involved in charity events. Things I didn't think possible!! (if you search on instagram or twitter #BeatingAnxietyBucketList you'll see the things I've been up to!)

I also have a new job! With my anxiety demons taking a back seat I was able to go to a job interview at my local Primary School (where my kids attend) and I ROCKED that interview. I've been working there a year now and I love it!! I cover the playground at lunch as part of a team but I also do displays, school trips, decorate for holidays, help events like the book fair and coffee mornings, and I've just taken on Gardening Club.

So in a nutshell, things were crappy, now they're not as bad and I'm really happy. I'm back and ready to carve!! :jack_o_lantern: Also I've missed my fellow minions, I know I have a few of you on twitter or facebook but I'm really glad to be back and see how you're all doing :orange_heart:
Welcome back paddy_babe! It’s wonderful to hear that you are doing better, and hopefully this will be your best Halloween yet!!!
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By staticfurball
Welcom back, good to hear you are doung better. Seems lime quite a few ppl had rough year. Perfect season to beback in the groove!
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By Pumpkinfreak
Welcome back!
It sounds like you had a rough couple of years, but it's good to hear you're doing better.
I've been struggling with anxiety too, so I kinda get how hard it must have been.
It's hard to see all the dreams and goals you ever had take a backseat just because your anxiety controls you.
Congrats on the new job, and all the things you're doing,
and I hope this Halloween is the best one in years! :ghost: :jack_o_lantern:
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By amandap80
Welcome back! Anxiety sucks - it is the robber of joy. I am glad you are improving and I hope you have an awesome Halloween this year!
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By Raven
I hate that I can say I understand the anxiety issues. There is a lot of help out there for it though so never feel bad about seeking that help. Congratulations on the job and just getting through everything! I know I feel like I aced the day just by getting out of bed!
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By paddy_babe
thanks guys I'm happy to be back! Any fellow minions that are struggling with their anxiety too and want a sympathetic ear, my inbox is always open :orange_heart:
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