Hello, nice to meet you!
My name is Holly and I live in the North East of England with my partner, our daughter Indigo and Ernie the dog.
The idea behind Mind over Mama
During my pregnancy I experienced extreme worry and anxiety, especially during my first trimester. I found at the time there was little support available online for pregnant individuals, who did not necessarily need formal therapy, but more a space to normalise their experiences. I started Mind over Mama to share my experiences in hope that it would resonate with others in a similar situation. Pregnancy and parenthood can be extremely isolating, so sharing our experiences can help to keep us connected, support one another and to normalise the ups and downs of pregnancy and parenthood.
The person behind the idea
I always struggle in situations where the task is to talk about yourself. I find it hard to explain who I am other than through name, age, location and job.. which lets face it is pretty dull! So I thought it might be more interesting to write ten random facts about myself.
- One thing I cannot live without is a pen and paper (okay that’s technically two things, but you surely cannot have one without the other, right?). Since I could write I have always carried these two items and as a child would often write about my day. I was slightly obsessed with ‘The Life of Tracey Beaker’ and would attempt to write ‘The Life of Holly’ which wasn’t exactly TV series level entertainment. Now I use it more for random ideas, things to remember and to do lists.
- If I could invite five guests to a dinner party it would include: Adele, Emily Coxhead (Creator of the Happy Newspaper), Chris and Rosie Ramsey (they come as one), Ricky Gervais, Fearne Cotton and Phil and Holly (again they come as one). I feel things could get a little rowdy..
- I have been to college twice and University three times (I clearly enjoy torturing myself). I have a first class honours in BSc Psychology from University of East London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies from Newcastle University. I recently withdrew from the Counselling Psychology Doctorate where I was working as a Trainee Psychologist whilst studying, due to having Indigo and taking a break from learning.
- When in work, I work part time as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Which is a fancy way of saying I deliver low intensity psychological therapies to individuals with mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
- I’m a tomato ketchup fanatic and I’m not ashamed of some of the lengths I’ve gone to to ensure I have it on most meals.
- I lived in London for around two years of my life when I was in my early twenties. It was one of the best experiences as even though I was in my home country, there is vast differences between the North and South. For example, when ordering a Latte please add and R to make it ‘lartte’ and remember to pronounce your t’s. However I will always call ‘lunch time’ my dinner time and ‘dinner time’ is always called tea.
- I have obsessive compulsive disorder, which has been around since I was about 9 years old. I have had therapy for this over the years which has helped me learn to live with it. Unfortunately, it does not mean I have a tidy house, so please do not expect big things there.
- If I could have any job in the world it would be to own a bakery. Only slight problem is I cannot bake.. which is an integral part. However I have this idyllic view of baking cakes and having regulars come in for a cuppa and a chat. Sorry to any bakery owners who are reading this and thinking wow she has underplayed all the hard work that goes in, but don’t ruin my pipe dream!
- My favourite thing to do on a free afternoon is to walk along the coast. Luckily we only live a two minute drive away (or 40 minute walk if it’s nice enough outside). This year I am hoping to take it one step further and go sea swimming, which is something I wanted to do last year but fell pregnant and didn’t feel confident enough. So watch this space!
- Until I was a too much of an embarrassing age to admit to.. I thought reindeer were made up animals that people brought out for Christmas. I don’t know where that came from, or what I thought I was looking at when I saw them in real life, but there we have it!