Hey, I’m Emma. I’m 19 years old, I live in England with my girlfriend and I’m a mum to 3 little cats called Sacha, Sky and Isla.
I’ve been a blogger for about 5 years and now I’ve created The Mighty Mind. A blog which is a peaceful, happy and honest place for me to talk about all the things on my mind. I’m a member of the LGBT+ community and I’m extremely passionate about mental wellness and feminism, all of which I’d love to share my thoughts and experiences with anyone who wants to read my blog.
My cats are a huge part of my world, and I adopted Sacha almost a year ago as an emotional support animal while I was recovering. But now that I am recovered, Sacha and my two kittens, Isla and Sky, are the lights of my life. Isla, who was born on August the 1st 2019, suffers from Epilepsy. Because she is so young and lives with such a challenging condition, it has been a really difficult time for me and my partner seeing our baby so unwell. When making this blog, one of the things I’d really love to write about is our experience having a kitten with epilepsy, as I’d love to help anyone I can who’s in a similar situation.
I chose the name ‘The Mighty Mind’ because since I was 12 years old, I’ve dealt with a wide range of mental health problems, primarily Anorexia Nervosa, PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder. Since I first started to struggle with mental illness I’ve reached soaring highs and dreadful lows, such as when I was sectioned when I was 18. But over the past year I’ve really found myself , I’ve spent my time recovering, writing and resting, and I’ve learned just how mighty my mind really is.
I’ve learned a lot about how important a healthy mind is. From a young age I remember hearing the phrase ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ over and over, often when I was really unwell with my eating disorder. But I’ve realised that we need to flip that phrase around completely because once you overcome the chains that have held you down within your mind, you and your body can achieve things you never thought you would.
I’m a big believer in self love, but not the kind that I see everyday on Instagram and Facebook. I think it’s brilliant that social media is promoting body positivity and acceptance, I really do, but I believe that we should also be talking about loving our minds, our characters, our strengths and our weaknesses. Because although our bodies are the parts of us that we can see, it is our (mighty) minds that really make up who we are. And I think we need to nurture those bits too.
While I’ve been taking time to heal in 2019, I’ve realised that I have a passion to nurse and care for others. I have spent time learning about the body, mind and our healthcare in the UK which has led me to want to train as a paramedic. Nurses have showed me brilliant care when I have been in psychiatric hospital, therapists have allowed me the space to explore my mind, doctors have helped me mend physically but the people who have made the most impact on me are paramedics, who have saved my life numerous times. I want to use the experiences I have with mental health, physical illness and caring for my partner, who I love to pieces, who herself has suffered complex mental and physical health problems, to make the challenges I’ve faced worthwhile and to channel the pain I’ve faced into something I’m so passionate about.
Since being a young girl, around the age of 8 or 9, I have written poetry and stories to express myself. One of my proudest moments was achieving an A* in English Literature at A-level, I’ve always loved to read and write and even though I’m pursuing a career in emergency healthcare, The Mighty Mind will be a space for me to continue sharing my stories and essays.
So, this blog is going to be all about my journey. It’s going to be about my cats, my past, mental health and love, which I’m sure will make The Mighty Mind something of a whirlwind. Let’s see where it takes us.