Welcome to Thought Food.
Here’s a bit about me:
I am a writer, small animal veterinarian, and mental health advocate.
My last meal would include coffee, wine, chocolate, and cake…not necessarily in that order.
My favourite sounds are my cats purring, rain, a match being struck to light a candle, my children laughing, and the sound of my husband’s keys turning in the front door.
For more of my favourites, check out the gallery below.
I love that point in a conversation with someone new when it crosses from superficialities into authentic common ground.
I can’t stand cliques.
I’ve lived in Germany, Saudia Arabia, Australia, and the UK.
I am very happy I didn’t live my adult life in the 1950s, because housework is not my strong point… No really:
My fruit bowl doubles as a filing system for bills or school notes to be actioned.
For the past twelve years I have lived with Bipolar 1 Disorder. This has afforded me access to experiences I never could have imagined had I not developed it. I now know what symptoms of mania, delusional thinking, psychosis, and catatonic depression feel like. This illness has also brought some of my most precious friends into my life, so I don’t wish it away. It has taught me how to optimise the times when I am well, because when it sweeps in, it breaks me. When this happens, I have to rebuild myself from nothing.
I have written a memoir detailing my experiences. You can find a short excerpt in the ‘Book’ section of the menu. I will also use this section to provide publication progress updates. I am currently working to find a suitable publisher for this manuscript.
As you can see I am not one dimensional, so this blog won’t be either. There will be a bit of all of me in my posts. But for many posts the emphasis will be on mental wellness and/or illness. I am passionate about destigmatising mental illness through my lived experience.
Whatever the subject matter – my aim is for all the content to be Thought Food for you. So, if my posts get you thinking about, and better still – talking about, commenting on, and sharing them…I’ll be happy.