Tiffany Philippou is a writer and podcaster. Her writing seeks to challenge perceptions that hold us back from a life worth living, and has been published in Stylist, Refinery29, Sifted, The i Paper and The Startup.
Is This Working?, a podcast that Tiffany co-hosts, has been described by Red magazine as 'filled with intelligent conversation and practical advice on how to make your career, whatever that is, work for you'. The show regularly features in the top three of the careers charts in Apple Podcasts UK. Tiffany also writes a weekly newsletter, Tough Love.
Tiffany previously spent over ten years working in leadership roles in startups, and in addition to her work as a writer and podcaster, she works as a coach and advises startups on their brand and communications strategies.
Tiffany lives in London, and her website has further information about her writing, podcasting, coaching and social media.
Totally Fine (And Other Lies I've Told Myself): What my decade in grief taught me about life
I wish I'd had this book to guide me into adulthood.
If Dolly Alderton, Glennon Doyle and Elizabeth Day had a love child, this is the writer they'd produce.
Will go a long way to helping those struggling with the stigma and shame that, sadly, persistently surrounds mental health.
A call for more openness, Philippou’s memoir, Totally Fine, has arrived at the right time. [It is] a painful reminder of how bad people are at talking about mental health and suicide.
**Stylist's Must Read Book for 2022**
**Evening Standard's Faces to Watch in 2022**
"Do you have a story that you are scared to tell? A story buried so deep inside you that it has become a part of you… A story that you’ve spent your life trying to escape. I’m going to tell you mine."
One day, in the summer of 2008, I was travelling back to London when I received a phone call that suddenly changed everything. I was told my boyfriend Richard was in hospital. He died seven days later. I spent most of my twenties pretending this never happened.
I was trapped within my own silence, left alone to absorb the discomfort, blame and judgement of others that I felt after Richard’s suicide. I was suffering, but telling everyone that I was totally fine. The shame consumed me and I desperately wanted to find love again, but the rejection and heartbreak that followed proved to me, yet again, that I wasn’t worthy of love and belonging.
In our twenties, we are thrown into the adult world without a guidebook. I experienced a turbulent decade with what felt like catastrophic failures. Then one day, I started to speak about my shame, and once I started, I couldn’t stop. And I’ve come to realise that shame is like a monster – one that can grow so large that it can hold us back from a life worth living. And that it is only by sharing our stories that we can give a voice to what is unspoken. A voice to the stories that we don’t want to tell.
So whatever pain you’re holding on to, whatever story you’re scared to tell, I’m writing this for you.