I have been incredibly busy over the summer! Although things have been quieter here, I’ve been ploughing away behind the scenes on a number of different projects, some of which I can now discuss.
It has been almost 4 years since I founded Balanced Being. Beginning as a platform to generate awareness of my health coaching, the site quickly became a platform to discuss and inspire a balanced lifestyle which eventually included a beautiful group of inspirational contributors.
Throughout this journey, I have often felt like I wasn’t quite reaching people to the extent I wanted to, and earlier this year I began developing a Balanced Being School’s programme with my wonderful and inspiring writer and mental health campaigner Dave Chawner. But, with red tape in every aspect of that development, I became a little disillusioned with the system.
For most of you that know me well, I do not give up when I’m motivated to do something! And so, in June I embarked on training with Beat; The UK’s leading eating disorder charity to become a Beat Media Ambassador and Campaigner. This week, as part of that new journey, I gave my first talk discussing my experience of Bulimia and how I recovered to the head office of the Girl Guiding Charity.
Getting up and speaking to a room full of strangers about my experience, was extremely challenging for me. Naturally, huge amounts of emotion came up, but it was one of the most enriching and rewarding things I’ve done in my life.
In November, I will be joining Beat at the Houses of Parliment to hear about all the advancements in the treatment of anorexia and after that, taking part in a panel at the UK Mental Health Conference.
It is going to be a busy end of the year for me, but I am delighted I will have the opportunity to use my previous experience to inspire carers and suffers from an eating disorder with the hope of recovery.
To read about my experience of an eating disorder and how I recovered, head over to the Beat website; here.