A little less serious
Name: Phebe Dutton
Where are you right now- tell us what you can see?
I am lying in bed – I can see a ring of the sunrise around the edges of my bedroom blind
What did you have for breakfast?
Warm porridge with frozen berries mixed through
What are you usually doing at 11pm?
Although I should be asleep because I start work at 7am everyday – I am usually up binge watching one of my favourite TV shows
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am probably the biggest geek anyone would ever meet but I tend to hide that – my favourite hobby before bed when binge watching TV series is knitting blankets and scarves.
A little more serious
Tell us a bit about your story? What defines you?
I have had major challenges in my life – the biggest one being anorexic for 7 Years of my life – and still struggling with the mental side of things today as well as anxiety. I do not let this define me as a person, instead it has helped me shape into the lady I am today. What defines me is this: Do I give up when life gets difficult? Do I build people up, not tear them down? Do I offer others encouragement, hope, and confidence?
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?
The biggest challenge for me again has been suffering anorexia from the age of 12-19. Although physically I am not ‘anorexic’ anymore, my mind often slips and I go back into the mental headspace for a few minutes, hours or days of that when I was really sick.
How did you overcome that challenge?
I overcame that challenge with the support of my beautiful boyfriend who came along 3 years ago, and with the support of my beautiful best friend. They both showed me that there is more to life then spending it indoors crying because I hated myself. They helped open my eyes and my life to experiences that exposed me to my self worth. They’ve both made tremendous efforts to show me the better side of life, filling my weekends and spare time with adventures to make me smile, laugh and sometimes even cry of happiness. I could never thank them enough.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt?
That there is so much more depth to life then letting what other people think about you effect the way you live your life and what you think of yourself.
What would you tell your 15year old self?
I would tell my 15 year old self to not listen to what other people have to say about your appearance, your intelligence and your body. Remove toxic people from your life and it will get so much better. Don’t go running back to those toxic people – quality over quantity is the most important thing when it comes to friendships!!!
What is your biggest life tip?
Make this journey fun! Do everything that makes you happy no matter what it is – life is too short to not enjoy ourselves and be happy.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
Self esteem and body issues – there is so much pressure that comes from social media, magazines, and tv to conform with what celebrities and models look like. There is so much pressure to be thin or toned in todays society.
What do you think is the biggest opportunity for women today?
I think the biggest opportunity for women today is to influence each other and promote that everyone is beautiful as long as they are happy. I honestly believe that the biggest opportunities of females today is to use there voice.
Finish the sentence This Is me …I am strong, I am resilient and I am a survivor of life.