I started this blog with bold ambitions of reinventing myself into something amaaaazing. I had turned 40 and come through the other side of a chronic illness. I was ready to get back out there (wherever there is), and after several years of not being able to work, I was ready to create a new and exciting life for myself. The plan was ambitious, and perhaps a little crazy: to stroll into the writing world and find myself a space; I was going to be a successful writer.
But there was a small problem: the chronic illness, I was so confident about being over, was not that easy to shake off, and it keeps annoyingly popping up, getting in my way.
Fourteen years ago life took an unexpected turn for me when I became ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I went from the super speedy lane – with my fancy corporate job, MBA, and personal trainer – to the sofa lane.
It has certainly been a challenging few – fourteen! – years (you can read more about my recovery journey here), but there has been some wonderful respite along the way, which I have always made the most of. I have learnt to appreciate life in a different way, and I have had many experiences that I know the other me would not have had (whoops, too self-help aisle?) – one of these has been to develop a love affair with writing.
As my health continues to challenge me, the bold plans may be less bold, but I still dream of being a writer. And in the times when I feel well, I pick myself up and carry on earning my writing stripes. (It’s okay to be sixty for your first article in Grazia, right?)
If you want to join me, you can subscribe now on RSS or Email. I write about all kinds of stuff. CFS may attempt to get in the way of my life, but I like to give my attention to other important topics too, like the harsh lighting in Marks and Spencer’s changing rooms, or whether wearing a Slanket is bad for a relationship, or how come at the age of 42 I still don’t feel like a grown-up?
More about me
I live in a city centre apartment with my gorgeous, sexy, loving, husband (too much?).
I love: my chatterbox niece, my shoe cupboard, Pema Chodron, fancy dark chocolates from Hotel Chocolat, Shetland ponies, lunching with friends, reading, expensive Malbec in a suitably stylish glass, the ballet, walking in beautiful countryside, learning, my hair guru, meditation, watching the swans, random conversations with total strangers, laughing, my loud family, and most of all, I LOVE ENERGY.