Back in 2005, I was involved in a car accident which would change my life forever. Ever since that day in early May I have been a quadriplegic, paralysed from the chest down, I have also been through depression because of the reality of my injury. However, one day I was sat in my room at university and I stumbled across guided meditations on YouTube. I gave the meditations a try and never looked back. I came off of my anti-depressants and realised that it was up to me to live a wonderful life. Yes, as a quadriplegic life may be more difficult, a struggle beyond belief at times, but I owe it to myself to live the best life I can live. It was like I did a complete 360 and became this uber positive person with so much love for life.

Therefore, in 2010, I decided to create my own YouTube videos all about positivity and motivation to hopefully inspire at least one person. Back then I filmed my videos on my webcam and didn’t even edit them, YouTube is a completely different world these days! Once I started my YouTube channel I met lots of inspiring young people who all wanted to make the world a better place. Modern hippies in a way. I started to feel unmotivated by my university course, Fashion Journalism, so decided to follow my heart and leave the UCA in Epsom after a year. I’ve never looked back.

I have since raised money for Spinal Research, spoken at schools and colleges, alongside TV and radio campaigns raising awareness for road safety and spinal injuries.

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One day my webcam wouldn’t work and I needed some kind of creative outlet. I always enjoyed writing so, on 23rd August 2013, was born.

I eventually got myself a professional camera and my love for my YouTube channel grew. I stepped away from my seemingly airy fairy videos and started to learn who I was. I think due to my depression I became dramatically the opposite of that but it was like I wasn’t being myself. So, I decided to combine motivational videos with makeup tutorials. I have loved makeup ever since I was young so it felt so natural to create these videos. However, I would often get questioned as to why I wouldn’t open my hands in my makeup tutorials. With comments such as ‘What is wrong with her hands’ etc I decided to create a video called My Beautiful Struggle, in which I explain my injury and a bit of my story. This video went viral and currently has 17 million views on Facebook and 5 million on YouTube.

These days YouTube is my full time job. I have worked with L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Liz Earle, Mark Hill and Illamasqua to name a few and I am currently writing my own book which is out in May 2017.

I hope you enjoy my blog all about life, beauty and everything in between.

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