BDD Recovery

Some of you may have read in the past that I recovered from an 11 year eating disorder a couple of years back. These days, I like to think of myself as 'recovered' and really, I think I am, at least when it comes to my relationship with food. But as many therapists and books have told me, my eating disorder will be something that I may have challenges with on and off throughout my life. And in fact, I think it's something that challenges me on and off through the seasons.

Having a Side Hustle with Endometriosis - Part 2

On Saturday I released a post on having a side hustle with endometriosis; I explored the impact endometriosis had on my past business ventures and career paths and how I'm now learning to work around endometriosis to still achieve my dreams. Yet in this post I also admit that having a side hustle with endometriosis is hard, and that my personality traits can make balancing the two harder.

Today I want to offer a deeper insight into what I have learnt about myself and my approach on this journey, and what steps I think you can take to find that balance, look after yourself and still reach those goals...

Having a Side Hustle with Endometriosis

One way or another, endometriosis took away my first business, my career in the creative industry and then my career in charity. I have dreams and endometriosis has threatened to destroy them at times, but through determination and balance, there is a way to achieve your ambitions and still manage the disease.

Lauren Lovatt - Healing with Food

I first met Lauren way back when we were both working in fashion. At the time, I was in the early days of being on the other side of an eleven year eating disorder and Lauren, I could see, was well in the heights of one. Lauren is now Head Chef at Aspragasm - a beautiful restaurant offering raw and plantbased dishes for everyone and anyone who walks through their doors.  We had a long chat about how plantbased eating healed her relationship with food, supported her in overcoming her mental health challenges and taught her to appreciate self-love and self-care.

Things I'm Afraid To Tell You

Thursday night I woke up in a blur of pain, scrambled for some painkillers and when I was awake enough to realise the full extent of the pain levels I was experiencing - sobbed my heart out. Part of me cried because I felt ashamed that I was in this state, suffering so badly, when I am writing about living with endometriosis and thriving despite the disease. Yet here I was doubled over unable to control these seriously great waves of pain and heaves of heartache going through me.
So I wanted to be honest with you. I wanted to talk about this experience, but also share with you some of the other struggles I have when living with endometriosis, the stuff I'm afraid I'll be judged for. So here they are - the things I'm afraid to tell you about my life with endometriosis.

How to be a Girlboss with Endometriosis

I've recently been wading through books that are creative, entrepreneurial, inspirational and feminist, so naturally, I came across #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. It doesn't matter if you want to be a multi-millionaire with a game changing fashion business under your belt, I think there are lessons we can learn from someone who hasn't necessarily had all the easy routes in life. Though I am a woman with endometriosis, I am also a woman who wants to have a happy and successful life. So this post explores how to be a #Girlboss with endometriosis.

 

From Pain to Power: Why Endometriosis Calls for Strength, Not Sympathy

This year has been an exciting yet hard year for me. I've really worked on going from pain to power. I've done my best to transform some of my life's more difficult challenges into some of my biggest successes and ways to help others. But, it appears that there are not many who see my life with the same rose tinted glasses. 

In this post I talk about the challenges around how others view women with endometriosis and why we need to be met with strength, not sympathy, when battling this disease.

Jessica Murnane on Living with Endometriosis

Jessica Murnane is one hell of an endosister. Five years ago, endometriosis had left her bedridden, depressed and with cysts the size of oranges. Fast forward to today and with the help of a diet change, Jessica is now happy, managing the disease and even has a cook book on the horizon, One Part Plant. She is the driving force behind the One Part Plant movement, which we get to read more about later on and her incredible podcast, One Part Podcast, is inspiring people across the globe. Jessica has taken her experience of endometriosis and diet, using it to not only change her body, mind and career, but also to support thousands of other people in positively changing their diets, one meal at a time.