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 freelance writing, working as a digital marketing intern 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: drinking tea and wearing pyjamas.
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 advocacy 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 writing opportunities really began to arise. My work has now been published on various digital platforms including The Huffington Post, MTV UK, Standard Issue, Positivity In Pain, and on plenty of chronic illness charity websites and individual blogs. I’ve shared my story in a book, written collaboratively with other chronically ill friends, that’s to be published in 2018, and possibly my favourite achievement to date is being a finalist for the Jane Tomlinson Woman of Courage Award at the 2017 Yorkshire Women Of Achievement Awards; any excuse to wear a posh frock and pretend I’m classy…
In the midst of all this, I realised that I rather enjoyed writing and wanted to branch out from only focusing 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 have had more opportunities than I ever thought could possibly come from a personal blog, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
I now professionally review theatre productions for Broadway World UK, whilst publishing my own ‘chronic illness-friendly’ reviews on my blog. I regularly collaborate on 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. I’m currently reaching a combined audience of around 9,000 people all over the world, and the fact that people actually take the time to read my posts and leave kind comments 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: 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 are interested in working together, do drop me a message and I’ll send across my media kit. 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 Twitter and Instagram. Or if wittering on about books is more of your thing, I’d love some more pals on Goodreads.
See you around! *curtsies*