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About Vol. 2 – June 2016

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Brendanmcdonnell.com has now been running for 1 year. I thought it was about time I updated the ‘About’ page! I’ve shared it here for those of you who’ve been following my journey from the start/ anyone who’s interested:

Create Dialogue – Inspire Change

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I’ve been on a little hiatus from the blog but I’m back now and I’ve started phase 2 of awareness spreading. I’m moving into other avenues to raise awareness and spread my message – the next avenue being through something more visual and tangible.

Mental Health Survey

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I hope the white boy cheesy grin/guns combination photograph caught your eye…

If you have a spare minute please take a look at this survey I made. It’s about mental health and suicide for a personal project I’m working on.

I reckon it’s pretty eye-opening and I think you’ll find it rrrelatively interesting.


The Purpose of Dancing is to Dance

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Hello. It’s me.

I’m back on the blog today to share some thoughts and a couple of SPLENDID PHOTOGRAPHS taken by my super talented cousin, Josh Wood (www.joshuakanephotography.com).

G’Day G’Day I’m back in SA

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I’m happy to announce that I’ve arrived back in Australia after 2 years away!

And coincidentally, today marks 8 years since the day my dad died from suicide.

It’s a pretty significant moment.

This article is about support

Through all the articles on this blog I’ve attempted to share the process I’ve taken to free myself from the suffering associated with my dad’s death from suicide when I was 15.

I love you, subject to…

I haven’t written anything like this before.

Right now I’m experiencing my first real relationship and over the past year or so I’ve thought about love, relationships, emotions, people and the like a lot. Maybe a little too much… I recently had a couple of thoughts that I’m unsure about. Some of which randomly entered my mind while I was daydreaming during a post-gym shower. I’d like to share them and see what you think.

When in Turkey

I took my lady to Istanbul, Turkey for New Years 2014/15 and put this crappy little video together of some of the experiences we had together.

We patted lots of beautiful stray dogs and cats, ate about 70 kebabs and at one point I almost cried.

Adversity is preparation for greatness


Mid 2014 – I was at the gym when a colleague told me that a scrawny Asian dude came in and said he has a fight scheduled for a year’s time at a Casino in none other than Las Vegas and he needs to learn how to box.

I chuckled.

Finding the light

Brendan McDonnellPage 40 & 41 of FIRST Magazine Malta, July 2015 Edition

I’m not sure if I’m allowed to repost this, but here we go. This is an article about my blog and my life here in Malta written in FIRST Magazine which comes free in the Malta Independent Newspaper. It’s no cover of Rolling Stone but I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of something. I feel like I’ve done some sort of justice –  the least I could do for my dad. Have a read and share it with your mum.