The Return of the Lockdown Poem – The Brown Minimalist

Lockdown has affected each and every one of us in one way or another over the course of 2020. For many, lockdown has left people with a lot more time on their hands, compared to what they are usually used to, and it can lead to people feeling lost over what to do in the day. As England entered their second lockdown, which was to be for a month from the 5th November to the 2nd December, The Brown Minimalist has wrote us a guest poem, which takes a look at some of the things we can do in these unusual times.

I hope you enjoy today’s guest post, be sure to let me know what you think!

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A few reflections about inner balance – The Good Vibes Revolution

The Good Vibes Revolution

We are constant wanderers. Both on the inside and outside. We find hard to concentrate on a task for more than a few minutes and we feel the need to escape our routine when it becomes too much.

We are connected with and deeply influenced by the environment that surrounds us.

Everything that happens around us has the power of lifting us up or pulling us down and influencing our mood. We may feel nervous, anxious, happy, joyful, stressed, according to the people that surround us and the events we come across during the day.

As a consequence, we can deduct that what happens on the outside changes our inner world, in that limitless spiral of bonds and connection we all are involved in.

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What if we start believing that our inner world may actually change our surroundings? If we try to look…

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We’ve Passed 15,000 Views!!!

On Wednesday 11th November 2020, Sweeney’s Blogs passed over 15,000 total views!! This was a massive milestone for the page to hit and was actually the year-end goal that I set for the page at the end of 2019. The page has been growing faster than I could have ever anticipated, which is down to all of you, the readers, and I could not be happier with the direction that we are currently going in!

Let’s take a couple of minutes to celebrate passing such a momentous milestone!

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As of last Wednesday, Sweeney’s Blogs now has over 15,000 total views! When I initially set the year-end goal of 15,000 views for the page at the end of 2019, I never once thought that I would pass it with a month and a half left in the year. The page has gone from getting a total of 5,000 views from February 2019, when the page was created, to the end of that year, and in this year it has gotten an additional 10,000 views in the first 11 months, it’s insane!

I wanted to take a minute to say a massive thank you to everybody who has helped get the page where it is today. If it was not for all of you, the page’s readers, the page would not be here today. You make it possible for me to share all of my stories, experiences and views on a huge range of topics on this incredible platform! I’m really proud that I have been able to build a community around this page, one that will continue to grow and flourish into the future!

I think it’ll be good to give a few small updates on what has been happening over the last few weeks, and some things that will be coming up soon:

  • I have moved back to Swansea for the time being, due to the Lockdown that has come into play in England for the next month.
  • I’m currently studying a few courses on platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, OpenLearn which is run by the Open University and more.
  • I am hoping to get back into writing my book soon if all goes to plan and I have some time on my hands.
  • I’ve got a couple of guest blogs lined up which will be really good when they are finished and ready to go up on the page. If you would like to write a guest post for the page, or know anyone who does, please do get in contact and let me know too!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog, thank you all for reading! One final big thank you for helping get the page to where it is today! What do you think of today’s blog? How is everybody doing with lockdown and everything else that is going on in the world? What do you do to help pass the time? Let me know your thoughts and answers to the questions above, as well as any other thoughts you have on the page in the comments below!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!


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Joe Biden – An Icon to the Stuttering Community

On Saturday 7th November 2020, it was announced that Joe Biden has won the 2020 US Election and will be the next President of the United States, starting on the 20th January 2021. In today’s blog, we are going to be exploring the effect that Joe’s Victory will have on the Stuttering Community, and if it will give the awareness that surrounds Stuttering that very much needed boost.

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Different Ways to Counter Social-Anxiety – Patrick Bailey

Social-Anxiety is an overwhelming and long-term fear of different social situations. It an have a truly enormous impact on how you live your day to day life, on your relationships with others, on your self-confidence, in both your work & social life and more. For something that can have have such a large effect on your life, can you safely say that you know any ways to help counter it? That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s blog!

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I Guest-Starred in a New Podcast

On Saturday 31st October, I was asked to be a special guest on a brand new podcast, called “26 minutes with”, which has been created by Respect Mental Health and the amazing Benjamin Seal. It was an honour to be asked to e the first guest for the show and we are going to be taking a bit of a closer look at the podcast in today’s blog!

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Sweeney’s Blogs: October 2020 Update

I love writing update posts from time to time here on Sweeney’s Blogs. They not only help all of you amazing readers see how the page is going, but they also allow me the chance to reflect over the last few weeks, what went well and things that can be improved, stuff like that. I try and make sure that I do an update post every now and again on the page, but there has been loads going on recently, so there has not been an update since August time.

So here is Sweeney’s Blogs October 2020 Update!

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A few things I’ll tell myself the next time I feel down — The Good Vibes Revolution

If at one point all your achievements seem to be purposeless, remember that everything you have lived, went through, and learned, makes you a stronger person. Those experiences are part of your growing process.

A few things I’ll tell myself the next time I feel down — The Good Vibes Revolution

My 2-Year Skydive for Alzheimer’s Anniversary

Tuesday the 20th October 2020 marked the 2-year anniversary since I jumped out of a plane at 12,000 feet to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Story. It was one of the craziest and most memorable things that I have ever done in my life, and looking back on the experience, I am so glad that I seized the opportunity and did the jump. I can’t wait until I can do another jump, but for the time being, let’s take a look at my Skydiving story!

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5 Steps To Overcoming Uncertainty — The Student Nurse Guide

I thought all this would be over by now. Autumn is my favourite time of year. It’s a new season & a new term, a fresh start for everyone just beginning their degree. I’m sure you were all looking forward to “getting back to normal” after this year. But of course 2020 still has other […]

5 Steps To Overcoming Uncertainty — The Student Nurse Guide

Sweeney’s Peutz-Jeghers Story – My Dance with Death

6 years ago yesterday I got rushed into hospital and was diagnosed with Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome. I was only 15 years of age when it happened and I am eternally grateful for all of the work that the surgeons, doctors, nurses and more did to save my life when I was but 3 hours away from what would have been my unfortunate death.

I am James Sweeney and this is my Peutz-Jeghers Story, My Dance with Death:

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World Mental Health Day 2020

Mental Health is something that affects each and every one of us as people. Our Mental Health makes up who we are, who we want to be, and so much more. It is a phenomenally large field, that continues to grow each and every day. Over the last couple of years the spotlight and mainstream media have started to focus in more on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of people and international events, such as World Mental Health Day, which is happening today on the 10th October and so important for our future.

So let’s take a closer look into Mental Health and World Mental Health Day 2020!

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What do we mean by Success – Series Update

The “What do we mean by Success?” series has been the longest running series that I have had on Sweeney’s Blogs, starting on March 16th 2020, and is going to be coming to a close for the time being. Today’s blog is going to look over some of the different topics that we have covered in the series, why it is coming to a close and if I will be bringing the series back in the near future or not.

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4 Advantages Of Taking A Blogging Break — Olivia Lucie Blake

Even the most successful people in the world need a break sometimes, and I’m here to tell you it’s okay to take a break. When I first started blogging again at the beginning of July 2020 I didn’t really give myself any break. I was publishing a new blog post every single day. Thats 7 […]

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