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About Me

About Me

Well what do you want to know?
I will read your mind and attempt to answer the questions you didn't really want to ask, see how nice I am?
I go by the name of Claire or crpitt (the crpitt is too complicated to explain). The crpitt often gets read as carpet, because people are strange, or it really does read like carpet? Which I have obviously just made worse because now people read this and automatically call me carpet... I know who you are.

I am British, living in Britain or English living in England, up north near Liverpool. That is quite close enough, tis weirdos out there ya know.


The origins of this blog: 
ME!
Well sort of, it is a personal blog after all.
The main things I write about, if I had to pick some are counselling/therapy, photography and doodling.Each topic is injected with my own 'style' of writing, which is greatly influenced by insomnia induced humour. So I will do a brief run down of each of them and then you can go and root out all the information at your pleasure.

Counselling/Therapy
*U-TURN alert head down to the doodling section to see what I am up to now*
Well I was training to be a counsellor and I had nearly finished my diploma. I 'should have' finished by now, but others things happened. Counselling training is the whole reason for the blog in the first place, as we were encouraged to keep a diary. My diary has evolved into this thing called blog. The biggest component of any counselling course is personal development, so this whole blog is part of my own personal development. How about that for an excuse to lark about on the internet, instead of working?

The following slideshow really highlights the journey I have taken, so if you are interested in counselling/therapy, either as a student,client or interested party then it is well worth a look at this adventure in doodles and words.
*Click the button to see all the posts I have done about counselling so far*


The Mumborg
The mum aka mumborg/cupboard monster was mentioned quite a bit on my blog. Along with the rest of my family, but the mumborg is mentioned more, due to her penchant for going into the hospital a lot. She has a long and complicated medical history, which of course provides me with many a humorous tale, no really it does. The mum was originally called the Mumborg because her leg was full of more metal than than the bionic woman. That leg is no longer with us, as she had it amputated in September 2009, in a procedure called a hemipelvectomy, which is a high level amputation, involving the removal of the leg and portion of the pelvis.She is back at home at last and adjusting to life as a person with one leg, she is an amazing person.


Update: The Mumborg died in April 2015, still soul destroyed and desperately sad about it all, so can't blog about it yet.
*Click here for tales of the mumborg*

Doodling
I was a mad doodler as a kid, probably doodled more than I did school work, somewhere along the road, I got disheartened and put my pencil down. Ever since starting the blog, I have tried to add images to the posts that I write. It got boring trying to find clip art ones, so I came up with my own. First using the 'paint' program, then progressed to hand doodling, painting, photographing and/or scanning the images


Also check at my doodle set on flickr Doodle Time you can really see the doodle journey I have been on in that set.

 Doodling has inspired a new doodle adventure, something that is important to me! I love the idea of making difficult situations easier to talk about and decided that fun doodle was a good place to start. So Self Exam Doodles was born. Who knows where it will go, but I am having fun with it:


Doodling Update:
As alluded to up yonder there ^ Doodling has now become the main focus of my time and has indeed become my career.

Life is too short to be doing what you think will make other people happy, no matter how worthwhile it seems to be. Counselling/therapy training gave me the tools that I need to make changes in my own life and it enriches every single thing that I do (or doodle). So when the opportunity arose to turn a much loved hobby into something else, I leaped at the chance. The Doodologist was then born, or I should say, The Doodologist woke up.


You can read more about the business in these posts: The Doodologist is open for business, Defining Me - The Doodologist and Doodology. All my latest blog posts will most likely be about The Doodologist, as I like to harp on about it.

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Music
I like a wide range of music from Folk, Folk Rock,  Folky Rock, Rock to electronica and whatever else falls in-between.
Check out my last.fm profile to see what I have been listening to recently. Feel free to add me, always looking for tunes to listen to.
Claire is listening to what?


TWITTER
(Hello if you have stumbled onto my site via twitter)

Twitter is like a mini blog, where you can find out what I am up to most of the time (how thrilling). I sometimes update it with my mobile when out and about (even more thrilling). I know that sounds like scintillating stuff or something.You can follow me if your a twitterer yourself by following this link . I like to keep tabs on all things Mental Health, twitter has been unexpectedly wonderful at this, lots of interesting folks, with a wide range of different perspectives. Other people I am likely to follow? Hmm doodlers, bloggers, local folk and interesting music types.

Any questions? 

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16 comments:

  1. Just in case you are thinking 'I am bloody sure I have commented here'

    The old about me was just backdated post, this is now a new shiny page.

    Old comments were much appreciated and will be stored forever here:

    Old About Me

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  2. Hey Claire (or is it carpet?) Just poppin' by to say hi. I love your "about me" page! Written with so much character. I'll definitely be following you from here on in (not in a stalking way, I promise..lol!). Oh, and be sure to let me know when you have written your "30 things to do before I'm 30" list :)

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog! Your blog is super colorful and neet. Are you into art therapy?

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  4. @Getty72 either works :) I still need to work on that list, I want to start it by October.

    @P Thompson Hello! Thanks for the compliment :) I am just getting into Art Therapy now, hopefully it is something that I can develop further :)

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  5. Okay....contributing already! Really, this is great stuff and I will be checking in often. Your humor is fresh and fun and I love the doodles. Just reading through your 'About me' has me hooked, so it seems I have plenty to catch up on. Drop by tarafuselli.blogspot.com. Would love to hear from you!

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  6. @Tara - Hey thanks for popping and leaving a comment! Always a good way to get my attention :)

    I shall pop over to your place asap :)

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  7. How is it that I'm just now following your blog???

    (Carpet...I never read it that way, but now...hehe)

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  8. @Vicki

    Hey dude, Thanks for hopping (hopping...hehe) over and having a look. I myself get lost on the way to many blogs I mean to check out. So you may have feel into that very same trap!

    I don't help myself with the carpet thing haha

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  9. Hi there.

    My Internet Map/Choose Your Own Adventure Route = Therapy Tales Blog-->Therapy Tales Twitter-->Your Twitter-->Your Blog.

    I'll be reading on up.

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  10. Hey Ania, I must say that I LOVE that you left me a map! Hmm I wish I kept track of how I came across some of the blogs that I read.

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  11. I have been a not so secret afmirer for over 2 years going on 3 now. I admire your authenticity and your creativity Claire. IMO your blog is one of the best personal development blogs I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Long may you blog. :)

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  12. Hi Claire/Carpet, good to find you, I goggled locus of evaluation and here you are.... What an amazing form of expression, I am doing my counselling and psychotherapy training down south, its such a journey....
    Trying to get the person centred theory under my skin, i am good with the practical just the damm theory, I guess it just falls into place but Im feeling impatient and questioning my abilities of being a student, there is soooooo much work to be done, internal and external, any tips welcome :-)

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  13. Hey Melanieeeeeeee! I may have added to many 'e's' then, hehe.

    Isn't it strange where you end up when you google things. I definitely recommend blogging, especially if like me, you struggle with keeping a journal.

    Ah Person Centred Theory is something that I struggled to get my head around, especially locus of evaluation! I am presuming you have read lots of Carl Rogers by now? If not, then that is where you must start. Especially his book 'On becoming a person'. You have to read this stuff in order to translate it to something that works for you.

    It does just fall into place, a light bulb will go off at random moments!

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  14. Love the new "about" page, and the Doodologist and (as always) everything you do.

    Here are some cookies.

    Speak soon.

    WG.xx

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  15. Drawing on the computer is hard already.

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