Haha – that phrase gets me every time, why I hear you say? Well because when I read it, I say it out loud in my head in an Irish accent. Why, well firstly because I just love the Irish accent but also because my husband has a brilliant talent for mimicking accents and usually greets me with ‘hello ‘der sausage’ and it reminds me of him!
So, I suppose you’re wondering who this crazy rambling fool is? Well that would be me, Emma, a full of life 31 year old living just outside Shefford in the South East (ish) of England, UK. I’m born and bred in the Midlands originally but moved here recently when I got married. It’s absolutely gorgeously green and I’m surrounded by trees, natural scenery and loads of wildlife and that’s partly the reason why I decided to start this blog. You see, as gorgeous as it is round here, I don’t currently drive so I’m quite limited to getting about. Whilst I would like to put in the time behind the wheel and build up to applying for my driving test, my health doesn’t currently permit this, so I decided to put what little energy I do have into this blog, which gives me a voice and an outlet.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no couch potato, living up the high life of lazy, there are a number of other contributing factors to me starting a blog, one which has been a huge influence in my life and is why I’m not able to trek for hours daily on trains and buses… That huge factor, is my health. I suffer with something called Myalgic Encephalopathy (or as it is more commonly known, M.E) also sometimes referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS. Now if you’re not familiar with this condition you can read more about it in my post ‘All about ME‘, however if you are, you will know that it’s a complicated condition.
It’s been just over 5 years now since I was diagnosed and as a result I’ve had to take control of my health and through trial and error, find ways of coping with the various symptoms. Through doing this I have gathered a whole load of information about health and well-being and discovered a lot about myself in the process. Now I know it sounds like I’m well on the way to recovery, but the fact is, I’m not, and to sum it up, I would say that this is really just the beginning of my journey as it’s only been the last year that I’ve really began scrutinising my health and how I live my life.
Realistically, starting this blog is a way of sharing the health and well-being information I’ve gathered along the way. You don’t have to be ill or suffering with ME in order to enjoy it, but by me sharing this stuff it’s a way of sharing my experience of the things that I have learnt so far and it will be a diary of my continued journey to finding good health. I absolutely love finding out new ways to live healthily and I love trying new things to help with my general well-being, which is why I summarise my site as a ‘health and well-being’ blog. But where (I hear you cry) does the ‘life’s little wonders’ piece fit in? ….
My husband spends so much of his time shaking his head in despair at me because I often have my head In the clouds or drift off in the middle of a sentence and randomly change the subject with the words ‘ooh while I think about it…’ In fact recently, I saw a post on Pinterest that said “if I had a dollar for every time I…..oh squirrels!” – and that pretty much sums me up… I have this crazy ability to wonder off subject or start talking about something so random, that I decided the ‘life little wonders’ part will be where I’m going to file my ‘randoms’ – things that I’m interested and enthusiastic about that don’t fit under the other two headings.
Ok, it’s almost time for me to stop waffling and allow you to get on and check out the rest of my blog, but before you go I want to point out something that you may have already picked up on (and if you haven’t) – my blogs name, “Noodlechips” – you may wonder why a health and well-being related blog would choose such a unhealthy name and you’re quite right. In fact my husband asked me just that when I was looking at names. The main reason is because it’s not at all related to my blog, it’s related to me… It’s one of many pet names my husband calls me (they are mostly food related! Not sure what that says about me!). I thought calling my blog after my actual name was really quite boring and so I looked at nicknames and noodlechips sounded short, sweet and catchy. However when I thought about it and broke it down I actually realised that it IS related to health and well-being! How? I hear you ask. well, because noodles are a healthy food choice and chips, although not so healthy, are not bad for you when eaten in moderation – it’s all about balance! A good healthy happy life is about a good balance!