Introducing Sophie

I am a 22 year old literature student, Joy style advisor, tea drinker, dog lover, and aspiring plant parent. I started blogging back in 2012, where I shared my experiences of living with type 1 diabetes. Since then, my little corner of the internet has evolved into a home for all things living, styling, crafting and wellbeing.

So what will you find on Bumble & Be? Alongside copious amounts of coffee art, expect cute-as-a-button snaps of my Cavachon Millie, crochet dog coasters, literary paper-cuts and the occasional adventure overseas. I am also passionate about fashion, counting Taylor Swift and Blair Waldorf as my style spirit animals! From ASOS Wonderlists to Elle of the Ball, bows and ruffles complete me.

 My love of photography is also central to my blog, particularly since Penny entered my life; see my New England posts for the first steps with my beloved Olympus Pen! Here's to many more adventures to come, which will of course be documented on Bumble & Be

Speaking up on Mental Health

One of my greatest focuses with this blog is mental health advocacy. So many people in this world have a voice, a story and a message to share, but they feel silenced by stigma. I am not an stereotypically confident person - I am a huge 'people pleaser' and do have an acute fear of being judged/doing something wrong.

However, since choosing to share my story, I have been overwhelmed by the positive response online. This has been a huge motivator, particularly the private messages from people who said that, because of my words, they feel less alone. Though recovery is still an ongoing process for me, with setbacks along the way, I believe that honesty is one of the most powerful weapons against any mental illness.

If my story can benefit just one person, I count this the biggest possible reward for my blog. If anyone wants a platform from which to tell their own story, it would be a privilege to share guest posts on Bumble & Be. You can contact me via any of the social media links at the top of this page.

Choosing Bumble & Be

Bumble & Be was born at the start of 2016. Before then I was Writing Possibility, which had a nice story behind it (hello Emily Dickinson), but began to feel a bit impersonal. When I was receiving mental health treatment earlier this year, my care-worker and I decided that we should un-invent the word "Perfect". The solution? Bumblebee! 

It sounds very random, but it actually worked. Every time I wanted to say "perfect", I would simply say Bumblebee.  I The Even thinking of the word makes me feel happier; it encompasses so many  important things, from nature and childhood, to freedom and vitality; what better plant parent than a Bee? I should take note! I then remember seeing a bee on my first leave from hospital - I'm not one for fate, but in that moment it really mattered. 

2016 has also brought Mindfulness into my life. I've still got a long way to go, but I am learning to focus far more on being - the here and now - rather than feel a constant need to do things. Don't just sit there, do something do something, sit there. I prefer it this way round! I'm also learning to let go of "perfect"; essentially, accept that it's okay to stumble and bumble along through things. I won't always be graceful or #instaready, but how much of life truly is?

So there you have it: Bumble and BE. Buzzing since March 2016 and, hopefully, for many Marches to come. 

Deciphering Diabetes

I have been a type on diabetic since May 2002,diagnosed at the age of 7. It has therefore become a natural part of my life; I cannot remember a time without it, which is bittersweet. While it has created many bumps along the road, particularly with regard to my mental health, I do believe it has made me a more empathetic and determined person.

I always enjoy talking to fellow T1Ds - one of the things I love about twitter is introducing me to the #Dblogger community. Whether newly diagnosed, an old-timer or looking to support a relative/friend with diabetes, don't hesitate to drop me a line.


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