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Life According to Emmy

Emmy’s Respect for Spring

Emmy loves how resilient spring is. Summer has it easy. In summer, wildlife is simply required to appear. Whatever its aesthetic technicalities, the hazy warmth and sparkling sunshine make it dazzle. Spring nature, on the other hand, is the most hardy. It cannot get away with battening down the hatches and burrowing away – that’s …

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Palma de Mallorca

Day 0 – The Night Before Welcome to Birmingham International Airport Car Park. Auto number plate recognition in operation for pre-booked customers, the sign read. Emmy waited. The barrier did not move. She was, of course, a pre-booked customer. Emmy booked everything as far in advance as humanly possible. And yes, her car was filthy …

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Bill’s

When the rain won’t stop teeming and the unforgiving arrow of winter still cuts through the air, retreating into a cosy cavern of tasty food is an ideal way to salvage a Sunday. Such was the conclusion reached by Emmy and Vernon on an early March weekend. Vernon creaked open the door to Bill’s restaurant …

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Caffe Nero

It felt like New Year’s Day. It wasn’t, of course. It was Valentine’s Day, as proclaimed by garish cerise balloons dancing in the breeze around Leamington. But the rejuvenating sense of new dawns that typically occupied the first day of the year mysteriously crept into this February morning. Something about the way the pale blue …

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Shopping Local

“Now these are divine”, the lady serving in Aubrey Allen smiled with a glinting eye, carefully packing the praline quail eggs into a paper bag. Emmy grinned with confident anticipation that Vernon would agree. The chocolates were another filler for his stocking which was, until a mere half an hour ago, at risk of hanging …

Recovery

Ditching Perfectionism

Over the past few months I have become an avid podcast listener. My favourite ones currently span the topics of science, design, general inquisitiveness and – inevitably – eating disorders. I’ve recently learned some very important things that have helped me stay on track during the anxious build-up to the huge life change that is …

Recovery

An Adult Anorexic

I penned this a couple of months ago, and given the recent research into the economic impacts of eating disorders (conducted by PwC – more info here http://www.b-eat.co.uk/latest/602-the-costs-of-eating-disorders-social-health-and-economic-impacts: ) it seems topical. My underlying opinion is that mental health needs to ‘catch up’ with physical health when it comes to consideration and provision in the workplace. …

Recovery

Thank you, Anorexia

You, ED, owe me. From now until the day I die, you are going to start working for me. Even when I have kicked you out; when you’re nothing but a distant memory, a story to tell; your time spent sharing my life path will be put to good use. To directly benefit me. I …

Recovery

A Good Weekend

I was so amazed at how pivotal and positive this weekend was that I felt the need to share it with other sufferers and recoverers, to instil hope in everyone. I’ll start by looking at how things could have been so different had this weekend happened six months ago. No point trying to dress it …