Hi! I’m Carrie and this is my little corner of the internet – I’m so glad you found me!
I’m 37 years old and live in Worcester, UK with my husband Matt, my daughter Gemma who is 14 and Matt's 8 year old daughter Maya. My life has changed a lot over the last few years thanks to ill health and nowadays I’d describe myself as a (very beginner!) yogi, soul searcher and spirit junkie, learning to manage work, family life and everything else around my slowly improving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I used to be one of those highly driven, always busy people, constantly trying to be better, do better and feel better about myself. There were diets, crazy exercise regimes, early mornings, long work hours, late nights and bad relationships, as well as my daughter to look after. Looking back I’m always surprised my body didn’t give up on me sooner!
My first health battle ended in my diagnosis with Coeliac Disease back in 2012, followed by a year or so of feeling healthier than I ever had. Then in 2014 I crashed, ultimately being diagnosed with CFS/ME in 2015. Both diagnoses took a long time, and you can read more about them in my blog posts
I’ve been one of the lucky ones who have been able to go back to work, albeit part time nowadays. I’ve learnt so much about myself and chronic health problems, and this is my space to share some of that, and to carry on learning from all the people who have inspired and supported me through it all.
I provide support to a lot of other people going through similar experiences too now. As well as my “day job” I'm also volunteer lead of an employee disability network supporting people with chronic fatigue and other health conditions where fatigue is a major symptom. There are over 100 members now, and I work with them providing one to one coaching and mentoring to help them adjust to managing work and fatigue. I also coach line managers to help them understand the ways in which they can support their staff, and work with a variety of disability groups on ensuring people get the reasonable adjustments they need at work to enable them to be the best they can, whilst still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It’s a tough juggling act sometimes, and I’ve learnt myself just how easy it can be to fall into bad habits and bring on a crash!
I’m also a “buddy” for newly diagnosed patients who have been referred to my local CFS/ME service, helping people find their way through the mine field of information and conflicting opinions out there.
I’ve become a soul searcher during all this – learning more about myself and what I believe in, and finding new ways to live a more balanced life. I’m passionate about not going back to where I was before I got sick, and helping others move forwards too.
I'm a Capricorn sun, Gemini rising and Pisces moon. I'm a book worm, I love reading and always have far too many books on the go at one time now (well you can't read a Gabby Bernstein book from cover to cover, there are too many exercises you'd miss that way!). I've read some books that have really inspired me and talk about #thebooksthatshapedme in my online book club.
I've developed a passion for yoga, its the perfect exercise for me as I can keep things as gentle as my body needs each time, and my "proper" weekly classes are in the most gorgeous converted barn which I love. Yoga nidra is a recent discovery too, its like magic! I've joined some local groups, some health related, some not, but they're all teaching me so much and have helped me find my tribe, the people I really connect with on so many levels.
I'm also getting really into tarot card reading at the moment - its fascinating to see what messages the cards give you - I'm no fortune teller though! Instead, I use the cards to help me explore ideas and problems in new ways, and journal what comes up. Writing has always been the way I've found easiest to explain myself or work through an issue, so starting a blog in 2017 made total sense to me, even if I had put it off for several years for fear of being seen or rejected and dismissed in some way. Now I know better!
I don’t have all the answers, I’ve not got everything figured out – but then again who does? I’m loving learning and enjoying this journey I’ve found myself on. I’d love it if you’d join me!