Hi, I’m Annie, Nutritional Therapist, aspiring Functional Medicine practitioner, Mum, Wife, avid Foo Fighters fan, festival goer, lover of all things natural and 21st century, tattooed cave girl!
BeYouMum was pretty much conceived at the same time as my little Bonnie was born (2016) and has developed naturally out of the trials and tribulations that came with my transition into Motherhood.
After having Bonnie, I suffered with great overwhelm – an overwhelming love for Bonnie, but also overwhelming pressure, fear and sense of responsibility. I constantly asked myself if I really was enough for this perfect little bundle of joy and at my lowest points I felt Bonnie and Dan would be better off without me.
In January 2018, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression and anxiety. I found it very difficult to articulate how I was feeling at the time as the mainstream language surrounding anxiety and depression just didn’t seem fitting to me.
Having taken some time to tune into myself, come back to me and get to know who I was, I discovered that I had forgotten who I was in my heart, had become who I was in my head and had lost faith in my gut.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.”
Acknowledging that I needed to change something, I went back to what I’d studied and practiced extensively with my clients prior to becoming a mum. Poor health is a great motivator, I was not willing to just accept this as my new normal, so I dug deeper, sought appropriate help and took the relevant steps to alter the course of my journey! I carried out a variety of functional testing including a comprehensive stool analysis, genetic, thyroid, inflammation and immune function testing. This gave me a much deeper insight into what was going on beneath the surface and driving some of my visible symptoms. This info was great and really gave me something to work and focus on.
I also gained emotional support through talking therapies and peer support groups. I started exercising again and I made the necessary diet and lifestyle changes needed for me to continue my progress.
My self-made programme empowered me and made me realise that my health was back in my hands. I felt back in control. This was me back in my element. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still depleted and experience periods of overwhelm, but knowing why and that it’s only temporary, makes a huge difference. After all, this is only one chapter in the story of my life, and there are many more to be written.
The programme I wrote myself and the professional and personal experiences I have gained along the way, formed the blueprint for my 12-week package, which you can learn more about here. [link to the 121 coaching page].
“If you’re all about the destination, then take a f***ing flight.”
I’ve (we’ve) learnt that Motherhood (parenthood) is as much about becoming a better version of you as it is about raising a child. It has taught me a lot about myself and, in a good way, forced me to pay attention to me and who I am. It is a journey into the wilderness. There are no maps or textbooks to define your route or answer questions along the way. We can be hugely influenced by the generic information widely available, making it easy to question ourselves, distrust our gut feelings and feel constant, unmanageable pressure. I don’t think anything can fully prepare you for becoming a mum and I have come to realise that there isn’t the support or information out there to help 21st century mums in the way I believe we need.
That is why I have created BeYouMum as I want to support other mum’s by sharing my knowledge and research so that we can show up as a happier, healthier more energised version of ourselves in the 21st Century.
I will be sharing more of my own story with you via my blog and Instagram over the coming months, so subscribe to my mailing list to hear more from me. In the meantime, here’s a little more about me.
10 things about me
I love the Foo Fighters so much Dan didn’t tell me when they played on our wedding day, in case I bailed on him.
As a teenager I did competitive dressage and was trained by Olympic medallist Carl Hester.
In 2006 I spent 10 months living in a mud hut in the eastern cape of South Africa working on a community health education programme.
In 2004 I spent 1 month rehabilitating at the Thankrabok Buddhist Monastery in Thailand. Whilst there I played the bass guitar for Tim Arnold at a Buddhist festival.
I have a decade of experience working in support for people with substance misuse, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health and was part of the National Troubled Families Agenda providing coaching and parenting support for families in need.
I’m a complete empath and I feel the truth more than I am able to articulate it.
I got on stage with the Bloodhound Gang at Glasto 2000. This was also the year David Bowie headlined the Pyramid Stage and it was amazing.
My dad is a huge inspiration for me, who had many different careers following his passions across the country. As such I’ve had 20 different home addresses.
When Bonnie was 5 months old, she accompanied Dan and I on a three-week Europe wide trip with the British Junior Snowboard Team. During that time she travelled through six countries and made it to the highest point in the Austrian Alps. She was none-the-wiser.
My mum is a an energy healer and huge inspiration to me, and the reason I am a qualified radionics practitioner and passed my Reiki 1 and 2 qualifications.