Hello, I’m Lucy and I’m a bit of an introvert.
For a long time, I let the fact that I’m painfully shy and more than a little socially awkward stop me from really experiencing life. If there was a choice between going out or staying indoors and watching Netflix, then I’d usually choose the latter. However, while I was hiding away by myself I would often read about cool restaurants and bars in my home town of London or browse a map of the world, day-dreaming about seeing as many countries as possible. I would keep telling myself that, one day, I would visit all these places – that I’d go to that cool restaurant, that I’d see more of the world – and that I wouldn’t give in to my anxiety.
But time would go by and I would still find myself sitting at home not doing very much. So I decided to start a blog as a way of motivating me to get out and about. I’ve always loved writing so it made sense for me to combine this with my other passions of travel and food (and the occasional cocktail or three…).
The Determined Diner was born. Determined to eat well, determined to travel more and determined not to let anxiety stop me.
When I talk about anxiety, I refer to it in the clinical sense of the word. I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression. This means that, sometimes, things are genuinely extremely difficult for me and the world around can seem like a very intimidating place. Sometimes I really have to push myself and sometimes I have to take a day or two to rest. But I want to show that having mental health issues doesn’t have to stop you from living the life that you want.
You won’t find any photos of me looking glamorous and staring off into the middle distance on this website. You probably won’t see many carefully orchestrated flat-lays of busy brunches either. What you will find are honest reviews and realistic accounts of life on the road.
Thanks so much for visiting my website and taking an interest in what I’m up to. I never expected the blog to grow this much, so I really do appreciate all your support.