I am Nicole, a twenty-four, lover of the world and natural explorer.
In 2012, after being diagnosed with an eating disorder, I began blogging as a distraction from what I was going through, to my surprise, I found comfort in writing. Having a place to share my thoughts, an outlet for how I felt and connecting with others who had experienced ill health.
I am pleased to say I have come a long way since 2012 and ‘Nicole’s Journey’ has to. This blog is no longer my outlet, instead it is a place for me to share what recovery has given me and how I now see the world.
To condense my journey into a short introduction seems impossible. Over the last few years my recovery has blossomed and I am not talking about my time studying floristry, although there is no escaping my love for creativity.
I am now a proud Time to Change Young Champion, often sharing my experiences with mental health in the hope to reduce the stigma, discrimination and misunderstandings surrounding mental health. My passion for better mental health and wellbeing as a whole has grown and keeps on growing to.
My journey has taken me to places I could have never imagined it would and continues to do so with new doors and opportunities appearing, what would once be great challenges I now not only take on but welcome, sharing all I learn here.
I have found peace through mindfulness and, I apologise for using this phrase but, being at one with nature. Through noticing the little things, I have become truly grateful and blessed for all around me. Sharing this through my photography, adventures here in North Wales and my travel posts. I cannot explain the joy I have whilst I am exploring the blue skies and wildflowers, explaining my subtitle.
This journey has also seen some difficulties, with being diagnosed gluten intolerant and trying to find balance in restoring a healthy relationship with food, whilst also keeping myself well. After finding that I am not the only one who has this experience of finding balance with allergies, I decided to begin posting, ‘free from food favourites’, posting easy to find alternatives, food reviews and recipes.
Speaking of food and peace to, I am an ethical vegan also reason behind my ‘favourites’ posts. Since being vegetarian from a young age, the change to being vegan came very natural to me although, it would seem it is still alien to some. I have found peace and balance in veganism and again feel able to connect with both myself and the world around me, this message is something I wish to share.
I am honest, very open minded and I always love to hear your interests, feedback, suggestions and anything you think would help me or someone else reading.
Welcome to Nicole’s Journey, I hope you enjoy reading.
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As a Time to Change Young Champion, I am available to speak within your school, college university or organisation. I have delivered my experiences of mental health to a range of students, educational and health professionals.
Published writing & collaborations: Being a TTC Young Champion , World Mental Health Day 2016, Goodbye Anorexia, Anorexia Halloween Costume, In Your Corner, The Metro-In Your Corner, What It Feels Like, Vuelio’s Top 10 Mental Health Blogs, Vuelio: Blogger Spotlight, Fixers UK,