Hello there, I’m Jam

I’m a 20-something year old spoonie residing in the South East of England with my eccentric family. Though I’m from the small, Historic town of Rochester –more commonly known as Charles Dickens Country- I’m a sea soul at heart and whenever I’m able, I will be found at my favourite coastal spots or taking it easy at my beach hut. My tribe includes a pack of four-legged pals and a bearded boyfriend that answers to James. I’m an Open University graduate with a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature as well as having a TEFL Masters. I suppose you could say I’m a natural born bookworm and whenever I’m not found with a book in my hands, or veraciously scribbling down my fleeting thoughts, I’m probably knitting in my pjs with a podcast playing and a tea going cold.

withsomejam was created and began as a hobby during a darker time of severe health, when I needed to feel like I was doing something. Now, it has transitioned to more of an outlet; where I can share those brief moments of happiness and sweetness in my everyday sick-person life. I try to share things that spark a bit of magic and joy from my often-times mundane life. Whether it be a great book, a trip I’ve managed to go on or even little things that are getting me through harder times -you’ll find it here.

Having said that, I do also share the less desirable moments too and I try to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the reality of living with a chronic illness. It’s not always rosey and I think it can only be a good thing to display that.

If you want to know more about Spoonies and the reasoning for this terminology, please check out The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. This is an incredibly helpful tool to understanding how many people with chronic illness’ have to live their lives and I can’t recommend it enough.

Cheerio for now!