After 30 minutes sat staring at my laptop, I have come to the conclusion that writing an 'about me' page is harder than writing a personal statement, so I'll keep it brief. My name is Elise, I'm 19 years old and from North Yorkshire. I'm currently at college, and in a leap of faith have applied to study Events Management at uni in September. Amongst the many things I love in life are tea, cats and Italian food. In a twisted turn of events I also seem to have a growing love of the gym. I don't mind a beverage or 10 occasionally either.

I think of the journey that led me to blogging as a really long road, complete with diversions, speed limits and many a pothole. I think the main event in my life that led me down this route is my mental health struggles, which have been part of my life since I was quite young. There's always been something about helping people that makes me feel really content and fulfilled in life, which is what inspired me to start doing some small-scale mental health campaigning at the age of 17. This culminated in my appearance on ITV news, speaking about mental health. Although this is an experience I am very proud of, it was also the day I realised that I sound like a middle-aged Yorkshire man, which I am not so proud of.

After a few years of writing little snippets on Instagram on all things mental health, I have decided to move away from that theme. My own mental health journey has made me who I am today, so everything I write about will of course be inspired by that, but now I want to focus more on personal growth - on evolving as a person - something which has always fascinated me. I believe that every action we take in life, and every experience we go through, however tiny, moulds us in some way. The turning point for me was truly when I realised that mental and physical health are completely and utterly connected - if you neglect one, the other suffers as a result.

Through this lifestyle blog I hope to share the things I learn throughout the journey that is life, when it comes to taking care of the mind, body and soul. From what we eat and drink, to exercise,  to organisation to body image - everything counts. A balanced lifestyle is a happy one, and I hope my imperfect but improving self can make something interesting of this realisation!

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