The Nutty Squirrel – About
A big warm welcome
Hello, I’m Ellie. Welcome to my creative outlet thenuttysquirrel.co.uk
I’m a twenty-something mum to a toddler who is almost 2 and full of beans. I have been a dreamer for so long but I don’t just want to dream, I want to live my dream! I don’t want to go back to working in a job which I hate and just wasn’t for me. For most of my working life, I have worked in kitchens after studying cooking and business studies at college. The passion I had for food slowly vanished as I cooked the same stuff day in day out hating what I cooked and not being able to be creative with my hobby.
Over the years I’ve seen a pattern of me being the happiest when I’ve been creative. I know you think of mostly Art and Crafts when I say being creative. I believe you can be creative with more than just Art, you can be creative with Money, Food, Time, and Kids. Just to name a few.
I hope to share with you, inspire myself and you.
Why The Nutty Squirrel?
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a slight stutter, as an adult now it’s only the odd big word.
When I was little I went to see a speech therapist.
On the way out I shouted to my mum ‘Mummy look a rabbit ran up the tree’
Mum told me not to be silly and carried on dragging me to the car but an old man said she means a squirrel.
I replied with ‘Yer a squeal’
My mum told that silly story so many times that I have a soft spot for squirrels. When I went to make my first email I was doing an art project and randomly the words Squirrel Nut appeared under an unrelated picture. Since then it has stuck and became my gamer tag online and I became well known as Squirrel.
Let’s be honest I’m completely nuts too.
A bit about me
I’m from a small village in Yorkshire, England. Growing up we didn’t have a lot of money but plenty of mouths to feed so my parents were always finding ways to save money and everything was cooked at home. They still managed to take us on holiday every year we traveled to Cornwall.
As I became a teenager things changed a lot. My parents separated, my mum was diagnosed with leukemia, my brother was killed in Afghanistan, and by the time I was 20 my mum lost her battle to leukemia. Depression and anxiety followed me around like a dark shadow.
I made a lot of bad choices, got in debt and could barely afford the bills. I couldn’t cope and I had to change something. Finally, I broke down, quit my job, defaulted on my debts and as a result lost my car. The good news is I came out the other end stronger and happier.
Mike traveled around the world with the Royal Marines before he passed away and he loved his job. He really lived life and Mum worked right until the end delivering Avon and working every day.
Both inspire me to make the changes and improvements in my life and to be the person I know I am.
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