ROBIN is an explorative journey to help young people deal with their emotional well-being by finding, connecting, communicating and understanding themselves, allowing them to move forward to being productive and happy in their lives.
The Story Behind Robin…
I have always been surrounded by Robins and have a deep connection with them.
Robins often come to me when I need help when something is happening or just to pause and reflect in that moment. I have many fond and specific moments of Robins appearing in my daily life from landing on my knee in a photoshoot to when relatives have recently passed, coming to the window many times when on a Hoffman Retreat to them popping flying into the garden when working and having to stop everything to just be present and aware in that moment, asking, “What is Robin telling me?”
Robins are everyone’s friend. They always pop up at moments to tell you that someone is watching over you or sending a message. Always looking after you. ? Your own unique inner guide.
The Robin bird is always seen in a happy, kind, friendly, loving way.
With always being called the dramatic one, I was very in tune with my emotions from a young age and this led me to become an actor, but it really all stems from my eldest child.
My son has always found it difficult to express himself and dealing with his emotions. It consequently had an effect on him and also on how he reacts and deals with things. It has at times affected his friendships and relationships with other children. He was a late starter in speaking at the age of three and only spoke a handful of words, which was very hard for him and of course frustrating in order for him to express himself and for us to understand.
We were consequently referred to a Speech and Language specialist who helped him. I believe this may have had some effect on his emotions, especially of frustration as he was unable to get out what he was feeling, what he wanted or needed. It potentially then leads into other emotions of feeling ‘not good enough’ or ‘stupid’ or lack of self-worth as couldn’t explain or interact in the normal way.
Funnily enough, my son’s middle name is Robin after wanting to call him Puck from A Midsummer’s Dream, which is one of my favourite
Shakespeare play. As we felt it may not be suitable to call him ‘Puck’ for several reasons we called him by Puck’s other name in the play which is ‘Robin Goodfellow’.
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended.
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I’m an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call:
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
[A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare 5.1.433-48].
I have always wanted to help people and very intuitive with my emotions and others and felt I could do something through a different medium to help kids and adults deal with their emotions and so this is where the story began…