I hope everybody is well.
It has been a while since I actually blogged, and you may have noticed a few changes recently, so I just thought I'd take a few moments to explain the reasons behind all this.
As a journalist, you are constantly encouraged to look forward to the next event, for the "freshest" angle - to keep everything up to date and "new."
Therefore, my beautiful fiancée and I decided to mix things up a bit and start "vlogging."
This was for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, some things brain-injury related are not often conveyed accurately enough with just words in a blog, so we thought a more visual approach was needed to really capture the troubles I - and many other brain injury survivors - experience on a daily basis.
We thought shaving was a good example to start with.
Every bloke has to do it, therefore every brain injury bloke needs to do it - we are no different to anybody else in that respect.
But what I wanted to capture were the obstacles I come up against with it.
Before I say anymore, I must say how wonderful a job Amy did with the film!
We recently took the plunge and purchased a Mac - giving Amy a focus outside of her job as a teacher, and it seems to have made a big difference already.
The only issue we have come up against so far is I have seen less of my beautiful fiancée because I have been sat in one room in our flat watching television while Amy has been editing all of the footage together in the spare room.
Also, I wanted to remind myself I am able to do some things when I doubt myself - such as shaving. So when I think I cannot do something because of my brain injury, I can now refer back and watch the film and remind myself I can do it. Also this year I am documenting one thing every month I am doing for the first time ever or the first time since my bleed.
Independence is so important to me - now more than ever since my brain injury, so I am keen to regain as much of it as possible.
This includes something as simple as shaving, because up until now Amy has had the fun of doing it for me since my injury - which is unfair on her - however, she has had plenty of fun doing it by shaving a little pencil moustache into my top lip. What a scoundrel.
I decided the tiny tash was not a good look for me so I researched a nice men's barbers in Cheltenham which did wet shaves and I would go twice a month - paying £20 a pop each time.
However, seeing as I am looking to do one thing a month, which I have not done before, or since my bleed, we decided it was a good opportunity to film it so I hope you enjoyed seeing my fat face on your screens!