'I'm just a nitwit girl who's sort-of stumbling through life learning that we all have our own roads to walk - but that it's still valuable, and rather lovely, to hear about other people's journeys . . . '
Growing up in an online age, becoming an internet sensation with half a million followers on her YouTube Channel, Irish girl Melanie Murphy's journey has been far from ordinary. Here, in her first book, she shares the ups and downs of her life. From dealing with online bullying, to living with anxiety and eating disorders to coping with acne and coming to terms with her sexuality, Melanie shows us how through difficult times we can learn the most about ourselves. And that, by learning to value and love ourselves, we can overcome whatever life throws at us.
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About the Author
Melanie Murphy is an author and online content creator from a small village in Dublin.
Her YouTube videos have amassed more than sixty million views online, reaching people with her warm personality and life lessons as well as views on divisive topics such as sexuality, women's rights, health and relationships. Also, some silly fun stuff, just 'cause.
Melanie is the author of two books, both Irish bestsellers: Fully Functioning Human (Almost), part memoir/part life-guide (2017), and her debut novel If Only (2019).
She lives in Ireland with her pilot partner Thomas, her modern family, and her two glorious rescue kitties, Bilbo and Molly Weasley. Her BSc (hons) degree in Education & Training from DCU gathers dust above the fireplace as she writes books and uploads videos to the internet for a living.
Table of Contents
A Message for My Reader 5
A Higgledy-Piggledy Introduction to Yours Truly 9
Media and My Mind
Balancing social media and real life 24
How media moulded me 33
Using 'the Force' to turn dreams into reality 65
Food and Body
From 'the wrong type of skinny' to overweight and unhealthy 82
Losing weight - the easy part? 93
'Just eating clean' 108
Binge eating 118
Body dysmorphia and how it can be helped 128
Ten healthy foods I always have in my kitchen 139
Beauty and Confidence
Perceptions of beauty 148
How I feel about make-up, and becoming 'the acne girl' 156
Giving up on perfection and #goals 173
Bad beauty habits 181
Reasons why I'm probably the worst person alive to give beauty advice 183
My all-time favourite lotions and potions 185
How to feel good naked 188
Sex and Sexuality
Ten reasons to masturbate every day 198
Fancying boys and girls 200
Coming out 215
Having sex 225
Consent and sexual assault 235
The baby I never had 243
Love and Happiness
Things that make me happy 250
A tribute to my dad 256
Why my mother is my greatest teacher 273
Romantic, love 279
Things I've learned/am learning from dating and relationships 293
A few words on 'ghosting' in modern dating 296
A Grateful Farewell 301
Helpful Information 305