Monday, 29 February 2016

INSPIRED BY... HOLLY CROUCH OF THE HOLLY DAYS




The inspiring person I've interviewed for today's post is Holly Crouch, writer of the blog The Holly Days.

Holly is someone I have been talking to online for quite some time now. When I first started seeking out people in a similar boat to me, Holly was one of the first people I came across. She was friendly, kind and supportive from the very off. When we were both having trouble navigating the confusing world of disability assessment, talking to Holly was a great source of comfort.

The thing I find inspiring about Holly is her passion for what she does. When Holly talks about beauty or fashion, just how much she loves it always shines through. When I read this post about how she had to give up her Beauty Therapy training course my heart broke a bit for her but her resolve to channel her passions in a way that fits in with her life as it is now is amazing to me.  She makes me want to work out what makes me feel that enthusiastic and pursue it however I can.

Holly answered a few questions for me and I've popped her responses below.

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What are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of managing to work part time. When I finished Uni my health took a real turn for the worse & after taking a couple of months off work to rest I did start to feel like I wasn't going to manage to work again, but my part time job in a clothes shop means the world to me & it makes me feel so much better to get out the house, be around people & wear a nice outfit/put some lippy on.


Who/ what do you look to for inspiration?


I look to other spoonies* on Twitter, Instagram & blogs for inspiration. The spoonie community has been such a life line for me & I always feel so proud when I see other sufferers manage to achieve something. Blog posts which share coping mechanisms etc give me new ways to think about being chronically ill & I've got a folder of positive quotes saved on my phone which I've come across online & I like to have a read through them whenever I'm having a particularly difficult time.


When chronic illness feels like a bit like a cloud, what's your silver lining?

This is a hard one as I'm not feeling my most positive atm..but I would say how it's taught me to appreciate the little things, like on Friday I had a really challenging day & having a bowl of Heinz tomato soup for lunch really comforted me & was just what I needed - a bowl of soup never meant as much to me before I became ill.


What would your advice be to someone who has recently fallen ill?

My advice would be to think about adaptions you can make to your life so that you can manage your illness - this is one I still battle with now as I'm a nightmare for thinking I can do things that I can't & then making myself more ill as a consequence. If you learn to pace, priories & accept your limitations, being chronically ill is much easier to handle in the long run as you'll feel better in yourself. I would also say engage with other sufferers online or at a local support group so you know you're not alone.

*Spoonie = chronic illness suffer. Read Christine Miserandino's 'Spoon Theory' here


Places you can find Holly

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4 comments

  1. Lovely post, as always! I love Holly, and I love you. I love you all!

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    1. And I love you Hayley! Really hope things are still on the up. Always cheering you on from afar! xxx

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  2. Thank you voth for this wonderful interview!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment Polina :) Loads of love xxx

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