FOUNDER & EDITOR
Hi there, I’m Lyndsey!
I’m mum to Teddy and Ferne, wife to Mr T, domestic goddess and a tourism marketing and communications entrepreneur.
I was born in the West-Yorkshire city of Bradford in 1980 to a working-class family. My parents divorced (very messily) when I was 14, and a very bitter relationship with my dad lead me to elope to London with nothing but a suitcase of clothes at the tender age of 18. “We’ll give you 12 months before you’re back” were the words from many – those words made me even more eager to stay put in The Big Smoke and make my own successful way in life.
A girl from Bradford, with no university degree or a decent education, COULD make it… and I did.
Through hard work, grit and determination I carved out a career that saw me quickly climb the career ladder into senior roles and jetting off all over North America for 10 years for a London-based tourism marketing agency with over 50 offices globally. I really did have the dream job for a decade – working for some of the world’s leading tourism brands to include ILoveNY, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kennedy Space Centre and Ontario Tourism.
An example of an average day in my office was hanging off the CN Tower in Toronto!
I went on to start my own Tourism Marketing Agency in 2016 when I moved back to my home county of Yorkshire – around the same time as I started my blog. In 2018 I was awarded a £90,000 grant from The Visit England Fund / Visit Britain to develop luxury Yorkshire holidays for the US market.
I also continue to represent the extraordinary little Canadian city of St. John’s and the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. I oversee all their sales and marketing activity on their behalf in the UK – it’s an extraordinary small corner of the world where icebergs float by and whales breach around the shores and it’s only a 5-hour flight from the UK!
I refer to my husband as Mr T – and not because he looks like Mr T from the A-Team.
We met speed dating can you believe? Long before Tinder and all that online dating malarkey. But proof that these crazy singles nights can work so don’t be defeated girls. He is out there.
Iain is my soul mate (a rather scruffy one who likes to sleep far too much), and in June 2018 we celebrated 10 crazy years of marriage – highlights being a wild and life-changing 12-month back-packing adventure around the world together followed much later by our two beautiful, crazy children – Teddy and Ferne.
He’s a southerner who I eventually managed to convince to move to Yorkshire. He’s fallen in love with beautiful Yorkshire too and together we are re-discovering the county that we all now call home. If my kids want to elope to London at 18 as I did, I’ll support them, but for now, they are just fine breathing in Yorkshire’s fresh air, climbing Yorkshire’s mountains, swimming in Yorkshire’s rivers and swinging in Yorkshire’s trees.
In 2016 I started my blog – Girl About Yorkshire and three years later I’ve used my extensive tourism marketing and communications experience and my entrepreneurial spirit, took a chance, and created something that has the potential to be much much bigger. And Girl About was born.
I’m driven by success, travel and adventure – not money and things.
I’ve travelled the world, sky-dived over Yorkshire and we spend our weekends’ hiking, and more recently, biking. I love photography too.
My blog – Girl About Yorkshire – was my escape. A platform where I channelled my thoughts and shared my experiences. I love to write – it’s very therapeutic and restorative and I know the more I write, the more I evolve as a person.
I am super excited to be able to open up my platform to women across the UK.
It’s no longer just about me, it’s about ‘WE’.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
Brands We Love
I’m a primary school teacher and I’m a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma – how to ensure the wellbeing of our children – particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.
Tucked away behind a pretty average high street in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, concealed by a high wall of foliage is a beautiful Georgian Manor House – The Manor House at Lindley. Iron gates lead into a sweeping driveway and a fully functioning fountain takes centre stage slap bang in the middle of it, surrounded by perfectly pruned topiary. It all feels rather grand and a bit too indulgent for a Thursday brunch date with Girl About Yorkshire – Emma. The type of venue that surely comes with a hefty bill at the end of it all…How wrong was I?
“THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!” my friend Kat yelled to me over the sound of a gently bubbling still with a massive gin grin on her face. For me, it probably doesn’t quite trump my wedding day or the birth of my babies, but it’s not far off! We became master mixologists, creating our own gin recipes before distilling ‘Madam Geneva’ in our own miniature stills.
It’s a fun filled day out for the whole family. There are stacks of outdoor play areas, which the kids cannot get bored of, but also some really good indoor/sheltered activities that means even on your typical autumnal Yorkshire day you can have a really good day out.
Hidden in the heart of the East Village, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and just a stones throw from Stratford station, are a handful of restaurants and bars. And right in the middle is Darkhorse bar and restaurant. It’s described on their website as a ‘modern European restaurant with Italian and Spanish influenced food wrapped in a British attitude’.
Whilst on holiday in Turkey, menemen omelette was one of my favourite meals to have at lunch. I’ve recreated a healthy alternative with only 200 calories per serving and Evelyn loves it too! It’s a perfect lunch that you can make the night before and warm at work- or a quick, easy and delicious tea!
I love a spa. I love everything about it: the unashamed decadence of spending time doing very little other than unwinding, I love the treatments and most of all I love lounging about in a dressing gown. I would happily travel a few hours to a decent spa. But let’s face it, it’s better to spend as much time RELAXING as possible (rather than schlepping up and down a motorway) so when Ringwood Hall Hotel opened a luxe looking spa practically on my doorstep it was very much on my Girl About radar.
“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick is tomorrow’s senior partner.” Although the film Working Girl has now delighted an audience spanning three decades, it appears the office is still rife with trust issues. For those of us trying to get onto the career ladder, the effort to establish mutual understanding and dependability is so important.