Figuring Forward ˈfi- g(ə- )riŋ \.  /ˈfɔː(r)wə(r)d/ 

Navigating a path through depression and anxiety via exploring health, happiness and personal growth.

Join me on a mission to create a community where those of us who are trying to figure the f**k out of life can find ideas, inspiration, information and support. 

Figuring Forward founder Lucy Blair Pettersson



Hello, friends. My name is Lucy Blair Pettersson. I am a fledgling writer and content creator with a passionate interest in health, wellbeing and personal growth. I’m also a sufferer of anxiety, depression, burnout and low self-esteem. 

I want to turn those struggles into a positive, and start figuring forward in life. As I navigate my mental health issues, I’m constantly learning how to supercharge my health, happiness and personal development. And now, I want to share my experiences, learnings and knowledge with others. 

Figuring Forward is a space to explore ideas, inspiration and information on how we can all be healthier, happier and more fulfilled. My mission is to create a like-minded community to nurture conversations, learn together, and find mutual support. I’ll be writing and curating weekly explorations into what’s helping me on my journey. My hope is that it will help you to navigate yours, too. 

The best journeys are the ones when you don’t know where you’re going, but you still start. We’re all figuring forward in life, and I’d love for you to join me on the journey.  

Spending time

Spending Time

  Ironically – or perhaps appropriately? – for a post about spending time, this missive has been months in the making. In late May, I took part in a fascinating panel discussing how to reshape the future of work. But then a lot of fucked up things piled on top

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Finding happiness in the dark

Finding Happiness In The Dark

“If it makes you happyyyyyyy….” First off, let me clarify that beyond this point, there will be no Sheryl Crow in this post. Sorry, Sheryl fans. She is, however, an excellent muse. Full disclosure: I have not been happy this week. Not at all. It’s been as fucking miserable inside

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A Small First Step Towards Antiracism

A Small First Step Towards Antiracism

“The heart of antiracism is confession, the willingness to be vulnerable, to identify the times when we are being racist, being willing to diagnose our thoughts and policies. The first step is acknowledging the problem. We can’t act in an antiracist fashion if we can’t admit when we’re being racist.”

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Figuring Forward

Health And Happiness In A Post Pandemic World

Guys, I’ve made it! I was on a podcast! Well, sort of. A couple of weeks ago, I had the honour of being in an audience of 20 people for The Doctor’s Kitchen’s first ever live podcast. The Doctor’s Kitchen is the project of Dr. Rupy Aujla, an NHS doctor

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How to deal with difficult emotions

How To Deal With Difficult Emotions

A couple of weeks ago, my therapist started asking me to set goals for how I want to start thinking, feeling and behaving differently. Coupled with the current crisis, this has had me thinking a lot lately about how to deal with difficult emotions. How I want to feel, and

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Spread calm not fear: how to cope with anxiety

Spread Calm Not Fear: How To Cope With Anxiety

Spread calm not fear. Can I make that into a t-shirt? Early March, this year. As I sat down on the tube, the guy opposite grinned at my loo roll loot. “It’s you who’s hoarding all the toilet roll, is it?” I smiled sheepishly back. “There’s been none near us

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