Autism

I’m autistic! Let’s talk special interests.

But we ALL have interests. What makes yours so special? Oh, well... Perhaps it’s the glimmer in my eyes when my interests spring to mind. The ability to discuss my passion for hours upon hours with no boredom— Only gratitude. The joy gained from sharing my source of happiness with others. My special interest is… Continue reading I’m autistic! Let’s talk special interests.

Animals

The ethics of goat disbudding

I recently became inspired by the work of PhD Student: Katrina Rosenberger who provided an incredible insight into the background of goat disbudding, with the justification that goats should not be treated like calves. I’ll link the paper here, be sure to check it out: Before I begin, I should probably touch upon what exactly… Continue reading The ethics of goat disbudding

Mental Health

I recovered from psychosis!

Over the years I've become accustomed to being incredibly open about my mental health journey. We all have mental health, but we don't all have a mental illness (or illnesses). It's important to note that some of us require assistance to enable us to better manage our wellbeing. And that's okay! However, I've refrained from… Continue reading I recovered from psychosis!

Mental Health

Diet talk in Eating Disorder recovery

The Christmas period ends and we're quickly inundated with diet talk. Diet talk is toxic. It's everywhere. It finds an unwanted place in our social media feeds and lands itself in our junk emails and damages the ways in which we think and feel about ourselves and our bodies. It saddens me that we're a… Continue reading Diet talk in Eating Disorder recovery

Mental Health

Managing an Eating Disorder at Christmas

Christmas is the most joyful time of the year. With otherwise dull streets covered accordingly in festive decorations and colourful, dazzling lights. Radio stations quickly transition to a never-ending loop of past and present festive hits, ranging from number ones from Elton John and Mariah Carey. People begin crowding supermarkets as though they'll never open… Continue reading Managing an Eating Disorder at Christmas

Autism

Supporting a friend on the Autistic Spectrum – Advice from an Aspie!

I Throughout life, I've found it difficult to maintain a constant friendship group. I encountered the transition between different learning establishments (Primary-Secondary School, College to University) and have faced my *unfortunate* share of bullying along the way. I wasn't able to confide in my friends about who I really was. Ie: That I was Autistic,… Continue reading Supporting a friend on the Autistic Spectrum – Advice from an Aspie!

Autism

Life on the spectrum – From a personal perspective

I'm proud to be on the spectrum. What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people. And how they experience the world around them. - National Autistic Society (NAS). Admittedly, life as an aspie isn't always the easiest and at times I become frustrated… Continue reading Life on the spectrum – From a personal perspective

About me

About me

Welcome to my blog - Pawprintlaur. If you've stumbled across this page, you may well be wondering who I am (past being an avid tea drinker) and what my story is. Four years ago I gained a triple distinction star (D*D*D*) qualification in my Level 3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Animal Care and Management. I… Continue reading About me

Mental Health

Diet culture and an insight into the Diet Industry

Diet culture is EVERYWHERE. It captivates our screens and brainwashes our minds, often without us realising just how much we've become affected by it. Weight Watchers have recently created a food tracking app (Kurbo) for Children aged between 8-17. This appalls me, greatly. It breaks my heart to imagine a Child tracking an ice-cream they… Continue reading Diet culture and an insight into the Diet Industry

Mental Health

Managing an Eating Disorder at Uni – Experiences And Tips from an Undergraduate

I became a Uni Student whilst under the grips of an Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. I am still in recovery from this, every day is a challenge. But I’m determined to make positive changes towards reaching my goals towards health and happiness.  I enlisted my Anorexia on my University application, alongside my Autism. I remained… Continue reading Managing an Eating Disorder at Uni – Experiences And Tips from an Undergraduate