From fear to career
My name’s Sophie, I’m a 22 year old single Mother of 1 1/2 year old twin girls and I run a cake business.
Throughout my teenage years (12-18) I struggled immensely with eating disorders. From anorexia to bulimia, it ran my life.
I was so self-conscious, shy and my confidence was lacking. I would have an excuse for everything so I could stay locked up in my room. I tried everything, healthy diet and exercise, counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and didn’t stop until I knew I was healthy, physically and mentally.
From years of suffering to years of recovery, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I got my body and mind to the healthy stage where I was able to fall pregnant with two beautiful healthy girls. Sitting at home on maternity leave everyday drove me mental but I was in the right state of mind where I was able to enjoy my love of baking again, without the triggering thoughts.
I then opened a custom cake business, which is thriving! Whilst under the controlling thoughts of an eating disorder, it’s hard to picture a life so full of happiness. I never thought I’d ever be able to live my dream of being a Mum and decorating cakes as a career, but here I am! Setting a strong, goal driven and inspirational example for my girls.
If I never fought for recovery and worked hard, I would never have been strong enough to stand up for myself and leave a toxic relationship with my daughters’ Father, raise two girls on my own, own my own business in my dream industry, live a happy life and love waking up healthy everyday.
Suffering from an eating disorder is hard work, you’re exhausted mentally and physically. Recovery is even harder. But take my word, I am so grateful for every moment.
I have never been more confident and strong in my own skin.