Who is Tinker Taylor?

I am a 22 year old female, born in Kent and raised in Northumberland, in the UK. I have recently graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a First Class degree in Business & Management.

"I have always been physically active, I've always been part of a team".

I was extremely lucky to go to an all girls private school in Newcastle, where I was part of the netball, hockey and athletics teams. I took netball quite seriously up until I was about 17; I played for my school 1st team (and was captain on two occasions), a club team (where I was captain for one season), the county team, regional team and I also went to England trials. (Safe to say my mum was sick of all the travelling!) I could have had a netball career, but...

At the age of 17, when I was studying my A Levels, life stresses took over. Rather than focussing my time and energy into netball, using it as an escape, I felt my physical ability was reduced when my mind was stressed and a lot of pressure to not let the team down when I felt drained or tired... so I gave it up.

I went to university (college) in September 2013 and during what is called "freshers week", I was advised to join a society so I could meet lots of likeminded people and make friends. I went with a friend from my course, Sophie, joined the Cheerleading Society. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I started cheering with my team and soon realised it would be a lot easier lifting and throwing the flyers if I was stronger... This was when I decided to get a gym membership.

At first I didn't really know what I was doing so I just used the machines in the gym, but as my physical ability started to increase, I started to research how to get better, stronger and faster. I developed a huge passion for fitness and nutrition during this time and was constantly researching and keeping up with bloggers and vloggers.

In my third year of university I completed a placement, (a year in industry). Being away from home, having lots of responsibility at work, my first salary and first real experience of bills to pay and also having university deadlines, I was extremely stressed and became severely depressed. I turned to a coping mechanism which had been present throughout my life, from the age of about 13.

"I was diagnosed with Anorexia in January of 2016 and due to the pressure from loved ones to eat, I also started turning to bulimia". 

Here I am, a year and a half later, with an outstanding degree qualification, recovered from an eating disorder and extremely happy in my mind, skin and life. The majority of my happiness I believe comes from my healthy lifestyle; healthy body, healthy mind! So I am hoping to help you all get a healthier life, more positive mindset, and hopefully provide you with some entertainment along the way.