Birthday reflections

The last month or so has been a real toughie. No matter how much I rest I don’t seem to have any ‘good days’ at the moment. It was particularly frustrating on Saturday as it was my Birthday (I’m a Valentine’s Baby!?) and I really wanted my this year to be different to the last. I so wanted to be able to put on make-up and nice clothes, and to spend the day out and about with my lovely boyfriend. My health had other ideas as I woke up in agonising pain in my legs and my POTS wasn’t cooperating at all – dizziness and fatigue were awful from the moment I opened my eyes. It’s on a milestone like your birthday that you reflect on the year that has passed. Reflecting made feel sad and frustrated because I am physically no better than I was on my birthday last year. But the more I reflected, I started to see some of the things I’d achieved in the last year, for example, I’ve come on leaps and bounds in my mental health and I started a blog that is helping others in similar situations. So as you can imagine, it was an emotional start to the day.

Despite feeling terrible, Paddy worked really hard to still make the day special. He bought me a waffle maker for my birthday (whoop whoop!) and we made healthy vegan buckwheat waffles for breakfast!! I’ll be putting the recipe for these babies up soon so keep your eyes peeled.


He also drove me to the look out point at Pendennis point so that I could see the sea. The view across Falmouth Bay was incredible! It was such a gorgeous sunny day too :)


Something exciting also happened – Me and my spoonies friends (Emma, Hayley, Meg & Rachel) finally launched our YouTube channel on my birthday – A Spoonful of She. You can find out more about the channel here or watch our introductory video here. We are so excited to start making videos for you including beauty and fashion hauls and baking tutorials. We would really appreciate your support so please share and subscribe :)

What have you achieved in the past year? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see on our new YouTube channel? 




  1. Faye February 16, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    You’ve come so so far Soph and I am ridiculously proud of you. I hope so much that this year is a good one for you.
    Loads of love and behind you all the way xxx

    • spooniesophia February 17, 2015 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you Faye. That means so much to me.
      I hope its a good one for both of us <3 i really hope things continue to improve for you, i've got my fingers and toes crossed!
      So much love xxx

  2. berrystylegirl February 16, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Even we know each other not so long, I already can see your mental progress – and it’s really huge. Maybe it doesn’t make things easier, but wanted to say it anyway. I’m so proud of you, you can’t even imagine how stunnig you are. Strong and kind. Strongly hope future holds something good for you. Send you my love, wonderful girl)

    • spooniesophia February 17, 2015 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you so much Polina. I really hope the future holds something amazing for you too! You’re so kind, I hope you know that.

      Sophia xxx

  3. Emma February 16, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    I know exactly how you felt Sophia. Birthdays are not easy at all. We have to count the little things on life, and they do add up.
    The waffles and sea view look amazing I’m happy for you that you get out to see it.
    I can’t wait to head over to YouTube to see you lovely ladies!
    Emma Xx

    • spooniesophia February 17, 2015 / 2:19 pm

      Yes we sure do Emma, its the little things that help get us through.
      I hope you enjoyed our first video!
      Sophia xx

  4. Life Diet Health February 16, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Sophia :) The waffles look amazing (I must post my dairy, egg, gluten, free donut recipe soon) and a waffle machine sounds like my kind of present! Hopefully you’ll start getting more daily spoons soon… your diet sounds like a great way to get more spoons! :) A similar diet to yours is definitely helping me with my spoons :)

    • spooniesophia February 17, 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Thanks lovely. I know, my boyfriend did good :) I hope so too, so glad diet is working for you! xx

  5. Lorna February 16, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    You might feel that your health hasn’t improved much over the past year, but you have achieved so much!

    It’s given you the opportunity to express your creativity through food and photography and to connect with like-minded people all over the world!

    Your blog is fab, your food is fab, your photos are fab and you are fab!

    Wishing you health, success and happiness from now until your next birthday (and forever!)

    Lorna | |

    • spooniesophia February 17, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment Lorna. It made me so happy 😀

      You’re absolutely right, if I hadn’t of started blogging I wouldn’t have connected with lots of lovely people who i now consider good friends!

      I wish the same for you sweetie! You so deserve it!


  6. Berta Karaim February 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

    Sometimes progress is difficult to measure and sometimes it’s not the progress one was hoping for, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t grown immensely in the past year and shouldn’t be proud of yourself! 😉
    A late happy birthday and a sincere hope that you feel better soon! <3

  7. Donna // Fibro Geek February 22, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you have been so poorly lately. I do think it’s a great exercise to do- looking back and taking stock of your progress. You have achieved wonderful things Sophia and you should be very proud of yourself. Happy belated birthday and I look forward to your future posts and also your videos on YouTube :) take care

  8. Lauren February 24, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you was feeling extra poorly on your birthday :( I’m sure the waffles made you feel that bit better though, they look so yummy! Let’s hope you’ll be feeling better next year, lots of love! X

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