Well, after a bit of a facelift, my blog is up & running. Yay!
If you’re wondering what Sparkles & Words is about, have a read of this.
Then read the post below.
I will tell you what prompted me to start this blog.
27 July 2019. The day my boyfriend moved out. The day my relationship officially ended.
A sad day but strangely also liberating. Despite the emotional upheaval, the pain, the heartbreak, the disappointment, the uncertainty about my future, I could sense that it was also an opportunity to start over and create a new life for myself.
It’s not the first time I’ve had to pick up the pieces.
It’s not the first time Life has thrown me a curve ball.
It’s not the first time I’ve had to dig deep and tell myself I will not give in to the pain, I will not admit defeat, I will not be angry or bitter.
It’s not the first time I’ve told myself this is a blessing in disguise.
But this is a first time I have put myself out there. It is the first time I am revamping my life and reinventing myself publicly.
It’s uncomfortable. It’s scary. It’s counter-intuitive.
I am going to persist, regardless.
There’s far too much perfection on social media.
Far too much focus on beauty based on strict parameters, like height and weight and symmetry and colour and smoothness.
There are far too many unrealistic and unhealthy standards being perpetuated by a culture that is increasingly focused on and being fed by the illusion of perfection.
I refuse to be a part of it…and like so many other women, I am sick of it.
I want to see more real life. I want to hear more authentic messages. I want to feel more compassion and humanity. I want to follow and support strong women, real women.
And I want to create content that aligns with that.
I am not perfect, I don’t have a perfect life, I am not rolling in cash, I don’t lead a glamorous existence.
I have insecurities, fears, struggles and bad days.
But I also have a massive amount of life experience. I have dreams and goals and the drive to pursue them. I have tons of resilience and inner strength. I have life skills and coping strategies that have got me through some pretty traumatic periods.
So, I want to share that and talk about that and write about that.
Not for the first time in my life, I am starting afresh and experience has taught me that often new starts, fresh chapters can be rocky and uncertain in the beginning. But they can and almost always will lead to more growth, more strength, more insights.
So, I will share my journey with you – the ups and downs, the wins and the lessons – and I hope, if nothing else, it will be entertaining. Hopefully, it will also encourage and motivate and inspire and support anyone going through a similar journey.