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About Ben 

In a Nutshell

Greetings! Thank you for clicking on "read more." Perhaps it was my intriguing mention of crocs or my irresistibly golden retriever-like energy that caught your attention? Regardless, I'm delighted that you're here! As you'll soon discover, I have a penchant for dry wit and sarcastic undertones that often seep into my writing and general approach to life.

But enough about me, let's chat about my hometown: the magical land of Swindon, where roundabouts abound. Some might deem it a dull place, but they clearly haven't experienced the sheer wonder of six roundabouts melding into one. I spent most of my academic life in Swindon, save for a two-year stint at a college in Cirencester where I studied business.

You might be wondering what business, writing, and poetry have in common. Well, I consider myself a highly creative person, and business is a highly subjective concept with countless interpretations and possibilities for innovation. I'm always bouncing around with weird and wonderful ideas, and in 2019 at the ripe age of 19, I decided to quit my job and start a clothing brand (check out the picture to the left). Though the venture wasn't exactly a resounding success, I learned countless lessons and grew as an individual.

One of the highlights of my foray into fashion was getting my brand stocked in two clubs in Ibiza - it was surreal to see complete strangers wearing my clothes. Plus, a portion of each t-shirt sale went to YoungMinds, a mental health charity. It was during this time that I began to realize the impact of mental health struggles on those around me. Though I initially resisted seeking help, my own struggles with intrusive thoughts eventually led me to a therapist.

Fast forward two years, and I'm still on my journey of learning and introspection. I even wrote 15,000 words about my life and tried to recall every last detail at the start of my therapy journey. Through it all, I've gained valuable insight and inspiration to offer others. My writing isn't about providing answers, but rather fostering conversation and exploring learned behaviours.

As for my day-to-day life, I'm an active person with an intense love for dogs. My home is often likened to a doggy daycare, though sadly I can't have a furry friend of my own due to work commitments. But I welcome any and all four-legged visitors who need a place to stay for a day or two. Despite my tattoos and love of sports (my latest endeavour is kickboxing), I find solace in exploring the vulnerability of the human experience through poetry.

So there you have it, a brief introduction to me. I'd be overjoyed if you could sign up and engage with my blog. And if you want to learn more about it, just click the button below!

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