Today’s “Take 5” is with Elle Wright author of Ask me his Name the heartbreaking story of the loss of Elle’s beautiful baby boy Teddy who tragically passed away at just 3 days of age. I have followed Elle’s journey through her Instagram and blog for a long time now, watching her courageously navigate her way through loss while raising awairness and also helping many mothers going through the same heartbreaking situation.
During lockdown the most wonderful news was announced on Elle’s page…her and Nico are expecting a baby and I could not be more thrilled and excited for them. I smiled a lot that day!!
5 Things that have helped you through Lockdown
1- Our pug, Boris. He never fails to make me laugh. I honestly don’t know where I would be without him, he’s helped me through some of the hardest times of my life and continues to do so. Having a dog is always a reason to get out each day on a walk and get some fresh air, which always helps me, no matter how I’m feeling.
2- My garden. I’m a huge gardening geek, something I get from my Mum. I have treasured our little garden since we bought our home and it has taken me years to get it to a place where I can just plant, potter and enjoy it. Being out there each day has definitely kept me sane!
3- This weather?! Oh my goodness, how lucky have we been? I feel like this could have been an entirely different experience if it had rained every day and I feel eternally grateful that it’s been super sunny in the South of England. I know it’s an inherently British thing to bang on about the weather, but let’s hope this sunshine continues!
4- Yoga. Keeping me going for the last four years of my life to be honest. I always use it when I am feeling low, or my thoughts are out of control and I need to calm my fractious mind. Sometimes even just sitting, breathing and taking some gentle stretches is enough to get you through a tough day if you’re not feeling particularly energetic. Also, extremely grateful to my wonderful teacher for taking her usual classes online; it’s helped me to stay connected and grounded at a time I have really
5- My love of our home. I won’t lie, I’m a total home bird. I love interiors and have poured a lot of love and creativity into our house over the past few years, so it’s become somewhere I absolutely love to spend time and feel really safe here. I think sometimes it’s nice to turn things on their head and appreciate what we have, so instead of thinking “I’m stuck at home.” Starting to say “I get to be safe at home.”
5 Things you just can’t live without
1- Boris (for reasons above!)
2- My husband. I know it’s cheesy, but I honestly don’t know where I would be without him. It’s been so wonderful to spend more time together while he’s been working from home. (We even get to eat dinner together now!)
3- Friends and family. Even if we can’t see each other face to face, having a chat and a laugh is the best tonic!
4- My health. I think we can all be guilty of taking this one for granted, and I feel so lucky to have mine right now.
5- My phone. I’d love to say I could be without it, but it keeps me connected to so many things; family, friends, work, social, and not forgetting my one true love…online shopping…
Go and give Elle a follow on Instagram @featheringtheemptynest or her blog www.feathertheemptynest.co.uk
Elle’s book can be bought on amazon “Ask me His Name – learning to live and laugh again”
You can still donate to Teddy’s legacy here all money raised goes directly to the Little Roo Fund at Ashford & St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey, helping to improve the facilities and staff training in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)