“Have you tried going for a walk?”, “Just think positively!”, “But you don’t look autistic…”
These are just some of the thing’s I hear on a regular basis when people either a) find out I’m autistic, or b) learn I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life.
And judging by how popular this blog has become, I’m not the only one either!
I started writing my thoughts and opinions for the internet back in 2015 on a whim, and actually signed up for a WordPress account about three seconds before running out for the bus to uni.
I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember, even having my work published in a few young writer anthologies as a teenager, and getting my highest grades at GCSE in English Language and Literature.
No matter where I went, I would carry around a sticker covered notebook full of my scribbled thoughts, ideas, and the random poems I wrote while sitting at the back of the Maths class unable to understand a word of what the teacher was trying to explain to me.
Why I was put in higher maths lessons I’ll never know!
Even to this day I still have several notebooks littering my room, all still full of the same thing. Apart from now they also has 16 book ideas, some witchy bits and bobs, and even a few song lyrics tucked away within their pages.
When I started this blog I had no plan, no experience with creating websites (I’m about as tech-savvy as a slug!), and no expectation that anyone other than maybe my best friend would read anything I wrote.
I was a big bundle of emotion and trauma back then, and even though I don’t think I consciously knew it when I started, I needed an outlet to help me process and deal with it all.
I also wanted to create a space where I could showcase my writing skills, as I was considering studying creative writing or journalism at university.
And so Jade Marie was born!
Half a decade later and my little corner of the internet has grown into something more than I could ever have imagined.
I’ve had hundreds of thousands of people read my rambling posts, picked up sponsored posts with some pretty big brands such as Panasonic, Time of the Month Organic and Sheffield Theatres, as well as made friends with some of the most fantastic people the internet has to offer.
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I’m lucky enough to have been featured in several different publications such as:
Refinery29, The Yorkshire Post, ITV, Grow & Glow, Independent Girls Collective, The Nottingham, Sheffield Future, Counselling Directory, and many more.
Back in 2018 I decided to take the plunge and turn this space into my full time business. Since then I’ve worked hard to educate people on the realities of living with both mental health conditions, as well as autism, through my blog posts, raw Instagram posts, and both in-person and online workshops.
So far in 2020, I’ve been a guest on an autism awareness podcast, spoken at an event for students about self-employment and mental wellness, was included in the 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs in the Mental Health category.
I’ve even been interviewed by ITV for World Autism Awareness Day!
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