Hello everyone. I hope you’re all having a great week!
I am very excited to write today’s blog post as I introduce my passion project, Talking is Medicine.
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, it touched everyone, changing our lives in ways we could never have imagined. It was a time of things turning upside down, uncertainty, fear, anxiety, restrictions, and isolation. Here in Ireland, the mood was low, and many of us felt overwhelmed. One night, amid all this, I posted a simple chat box on my Instagram. The caption was just two words: “Let’s talk.” I opened up a space for conversation, sharing, and expressing those feelings we were all battling with. The response was immense and immediate.
My inbox was flooded with messages, a lot of fears and concerns, anxieties and dreads. Women and Men of all ages reached out, pouring their worries into this small digital box, seeking connection, empathy, and maybe just a fleeting moment of hope. As I read these messages, I was moved by the depth of feeling and the raw honesty. I was also acutely aware that these were deeply sensitive topics, and I was far from qualified to delve too deep into them.
Despite not having formal qualifications to address such complex emotional concerns, I couldn’t stand by and do nothing. My years in my industry equipped me with tools that could be utilised differently and potentially make a difference. So, a thought occurred to me: I had more than just empathy to offer. I had a platform, a voice, a network of knowledgeable contacts, and a determined spirit to bring about a positive change.
So I decided to build a community where people could learn to cope with life’s trials and tribulations. A safe space for everyone to express their concerns and fears, to be heard and supported, and to share and learn. That’s when the ‘Talking is Medicine’ Instagram/idea was born.
Over time, as the idea stewed and simmered in the back of my mind, and as the Instagram page steadily grew its follower base, the concept for ‘Talking is Medicine’ became more concrete. With the experience and relationships I’ve built over 13 years in the industry, I saw an opportunity to use my platform in a new way. I wanted to shine a light on experts and leaders in the field of self-improvement and wellness to guide, educate and support the community that was forming. To draw it all back to that night during the pandemic when I posted that small chat box, hoping to provide some solace and connection in the chaos.
Today, I’m excited to tell you about the next chapter of this journey. We’ve built a standalone website, www.talkingismedicine.com, and booked guest writers for our bi-monthly exclusive newsletter. These carefully selected guests are standouts in their respective fields. We have invited them on board to share their wisdom and insights and, most importantly, create a space to continue the conversations started in that little Instagram chat box. And guess what? It’s all for you, and it’s all free. My only ask? That you give it a shot and be open to the power of change. Because talking isn’t just comforting—it’s healing, it’s growth, it’s medicine. So let’s keep the conversation going.
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