Hi, I’m Jen!

Welcome to my blog. Through this, my instagram page and my podcast you’re about to find out that… This Girl Can Talk!

In a world so dangerously afflicted by mental unease, I finally feel ready to open up about my long battle with Anorexia and poor mental health. I want to illustrate how I have fought to get to where I am today and showcase where I am going, to show every girl, boy, woman, man and person suffering from mental disease that a life worth living is totally possible.

“Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.”

Robin McLaurin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

By working hard, seeking help, utilizing skills, knowledge and resources, and importantly never giving up, I have been able to create sustainable change for myself, my family, and my friends – believe me if I can do this, anyone can. I was the girl that was never going to get better, but I have and so can you!

I am opening up my life, my loves, my passions and my day to day in the hope that everyone can see me for who I am – a girl that had to almost die over and over in order to live. I fought, and continue to fight, but I refuse to give up and I also refuse to apologise for now living ‘my best life’ that I have worked so hard for. I’ve earned it and continue to earn it.

I categorically refuse to wallow any longer in the ‘dark, lonely despair’ of mental illness and in my case namely Anorexia. I never stop fighting through the dark days and I shine brightly on the better days.

Through This Girl Can Talk, I am desperate to give every sufferer and every sufferer’s family, friend and loved one who suffers with them hope that they too can rise up above and beyond and shape a life that they love, that they cannot wait to jump out of bed for, that they too cannot wait to live each day for.

This Girl Can Talk is ultimately the person I needed but couldn’t find to aspire to become in mine and my family’s darkest days.

Being well again has allowed me to become an avid traveller and do all the things that I call my “own medicine”. Things like reading and going to the gym all help me to stay on the straight and narrow. As you follow me on my journey, you too can choose the tools from my toolbox that will help you on the right path to living your best life.

Most of all, I love to talk! To my family, my friends, to anyone and everyone. I was silenced for so long by my crippling insecurities and the pain of my disease. Now I am ready to talk again and to risk it all to help others to find their voice. I want to share how dark the harder times were, how tough the struggle was to get to where I am now, and about where I am going… the good the bad and everything in-between.

Most importantly, I am not a doctor, psychiatrist or any other kind of trained specialist. I do not profess to be doing anything the “right” or “best” way, it is just “my way”. The only way I know how and have found how. If by sharing my way to the world can help even just one person in the fight against eating disorders and poor mental health, then it is all going to be worth it!

Thank you so much for reading and in doing so allowing me to have a platform to share my story and to talk about wellness, fashion, style and travel – the tools from my kit to my mental health and wealth.

“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about experiencing a mental health struggle, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club.”

– Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

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