I've had blogs for years but have never "settled down" with one site and so 2015 has become the iconic year that I am settling down. In previous blogs I've discussed projects, health, thoughts and feelings, and this is how I see this blog also.
My current challenge - that I've set myself I might add - is a massive concentration on health. I am a plus-size female, I have always been plus-size female and despite going through several diets over the years and bouts of exercise I've never much changed!
The standard story really, I was bullied in primary school for being plus-size but because my nature is to be a big softy it had serious repercussions that I carried with me for years. I went to an all girls high school, which was an amazing experience, we only had a small year group of 25-odd girls and although there was the odd fall-out we were a close year group. High school did a lot to develop who I am and how I would face the world.
The next development of self was when I went to University to study my first degree. I had a huge amount of friends and acquaintances, it gave me a lot of experience of different people and in turn allowed me to grow more within myself. This process would last well into my early twenties and to this day every challenge I face forces me to grow more within myself.
As it happens when Sean and I moved in together and life settled down we both gained weight. We went through very short spells of trying to lose weight, going to the gym, eating healthily and then it would all fall off the pad again. We'd tried having a vegetarian diet - which lasted all of half a week, we'd tried cutting out meals, cutting down portion sizes, cutting out chocolate - nothing ever stuck. Until recently.
My mother and I attend the Mind, Body and Spirit festival every year in London, and this year in our goody bags were a number of leaflets one of which was for Yellow Kite books who have started to make a name for themselves by publishing social media phenomenons. One of these was Deliciously Ella - and so our journey begins.