I’m a blogger and blog coach. I wanted to be a travel writer and journalist and started my blog when I was at home with two small babies as a hobby and turned it into a business. I’m now in the process of opening a disability-friendly, inclusive, accessible gym to make exercise achievable for all.
When I was 20 I read ‘The Power Of Now’ which had a dramatic effect on me and my life choices. It inspired me to move to London from my village in Derbyshire and dream big. I recently read ‘The Surrender Experiment’ by Micheal A Singer which was filled with rich lessons and I would love to read it again but I have lent it to someone, and cannot remember who… if you’re reading this can you send it back ;).
I’m not sure I’ve ever received a “best piece of advice” but I am definitely a firm believer in trusting your gut feeling – if it doesn’t feel right, it often isn’t.
Raising positive awareness, helping folk, and if I am not able to help in a direct way, it makes me happy to assist and signpost people to the correct support. Thanks to the internet, this can be anywhere in the world.
I like the word “absolutely”. It seems affirming, positive and smart. I’m a YES girl, and this fits right into that.
I quite like the word Spong. It’s not in the dictionary but colloquially it means a photoshopped image of a face that has been manipulated to make the main features disproportionately bigger (the opposite of Gnops which is to make the features disproportionately smaller). I just like the sound of the word Spong rather than that definition. I created a fake poster for a music festival called Spongfest and put them all over London and my online outsider art gallery is called The Spongleheim. (www.spongleheim.com). Both of those things were successful, so to me it is a magical word.
Emily Horton, More Diverse Voices, helping companies and communities connect through inclusive communications
Alex Odam is a London-based Director of Photography, Editor & Colourist.
This ND + Story is from Lennie, Creative Producer, of DYSPLA, a neurodivergent-led, award-winning arts studio producing and developing the work of neurodivergent storymakers, supported by the Arts Council England.