My name is Pippa, I’m 23 years old, and I’m based in Yorkshire.
I’m a psychology graduate, and currently split my time between blogging and freelance writing, working in community management & digital marketing for a disability charity, and running my own social enterprise, Spoonie Survival Kits. In my free time I enjoy theatre, books and fundraising, and can often be found in my natural habitat: wearing pyjamas and drinking tea.
Halfway through my undergraduate degree at the University of York, I acquired a debilitating chronic illness. This completely changed my sporty, active way of life and it took a huge amount of time and effort to really find my feet and begin to feel like ‘myself’ again.
When things started to feel a little less like the end of the world, I started to engage with media opportunities, speaking up about life as a student with a long-term condition. In 2015, I founded my very own social enterprise, Spoonie Survival Kits, and it was from here that the advocacy opportunities really began to arise.
I’ve always been a writer, but it was during this time that I realised that I was rather enjoying these experiences, and wanted to branch out from writing only on health and disability. Living with a long-term chronic illness has taught me to find humour in even the most unfortunate situations, giving rise to plenty of what are now well-known among friends as ‘Life Of Pippa’ moments. Therefore, I decided to launch my own blog of the same name, featuring some of my favourite things: theatre and books, as well as lifestyle and fundraising.
From publishing my first post in January 2017, I’ve had more opportunities than I ever thought could come from a personal blog, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Particular highlights of the last two years include the release of our own charity book, being a finalist for the Jane Tomlinson Woman of Courage Award at Yorkshire Women of Achievement 2017, and recently being named a #BeInspired Champion at this year’s Olivier Awards– nothing will ever top the day that Catherine Tate talked about my blog on the telly.
I now consult with regional and West End theatre productions, produce bookish content with renowned UK authors and publishing houses, and there’s nothing I love more than attending blogger lifestyle events with some of my favourite brands. My combined following has surpassed 10,000 people all over the world and my reach can often exceed over 110,000 impressions per month. Most importantly, I’m so privileged to have the kindest, most thoughtful online community of support: the fact that people actually take the time to read my posts and engage with them still baffles me every single day.
Something I feel very strongly about is the unjust lack of accessible employment opportunities for those with long-term conditions like mine: throughout the country there are thousands of people like me, graduates full of knowledge and experience and ready to offer their skills, who are unable to work in typical occupations because of disability/long-term illness. I’m very, very lucky in that as well as being employed by an incredibly supportive organisation, I also have regular opportunities to work as a freelancer. If you’re interested in working together, do drop me a message and we can have a chat. My experience and interest lies mostly in writing, editing, and content creation, but I’m more than happy to consider other opportunities too. I also offer advertising space, very honest reviews, and blog/social media collaborations, provided this is suitable and fitting with my own content. Again, just get in touch if you’d like to chat further about this.
To those of you who’ve read this far, it’s time to give yourself a hearty pat on the back. If you do think I sound like an alright human being, and you’d enjoy some occasional light reading on why musicals and theatre are the entire meaning of life and hold the key to the secrets of the universe and all that is contained within it, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can keep up with my posts on Bloglovin, or if wittering on about books is more of your thing, I’m over on Goodreads too.
See you around! *curtsies*