I grew up in Wiltshire, England, in an idyllic, yet rainy, village with loving parents and two close sisters. Despite being a robust and confident teenager, I developed an eating disorder at age 17 and this devastating illness took pole position in my life until at age 26 I finally started my recovery. I successfully recovered from Anorexia Nervosa and the complicated matrix of obsessions and habitual eating disorder behaviors that came with it.
Now living in Boulder, Colorado, I have become a local resource for eating disorders; I speak publicly in schools as an example of how to overcome what is a very prevalent modern day illness. I am passionate about speaking openly about a subject that shamed me into silence and denial in the hope that I can inspire others to speak and be heard. My debut memoir Anorexia Speaks gives insight into the language of eating disorders and my personal story.
Due to the phenomenal influence that a yoga practice had on my recovery, I work as a yoga instructor in Boulder and weave my story and message into my teaching. My fascination and awe of my own body and those of my students is a wonderful contrast to the destain that I once held for myself. Yoga helped me discover not only an inner peace with my body, but a great love and respect for it. I know from the inside out what a difference a yoga practice can make to a person. It is my mission in life to introduce yoga to as many people in personal suffering that I can. It was this that inspired the founding of Boulder Yoga Project, a not-for-profit organization that teaches yoga to underserved populations.
My passion for writing later developed into a career as a writer and editor. I work for a number of online publications, playing with words and punctuation marks!