Exactly one year ago today, I published my first blog post here on Dorkface. I had dabbled in other blogs before; much smaller, badly thought out, and I never stuck by them. Last March however, at a time when my anxiety, stress and unhappiness was at an all time high, I decided to create a blog that I would really put all my effort into. I wanted to create a place that would become my online ‘home’, where I could put all my creativity to some use, write about things that interested me, and focus my life on the things that mattered to me.
And so my little journey began. This blog encouraged me to be a positive person, to strive to be better wherever I could, to step out of my little bubble and open myself up to the world and all the different and wonderful people in it. I didn’t realise this at the time of course, I was simply writing about beauty products in the beginning. It took a while before I realised I wanted to also write about my experiences, my thoughts, Art, my inspirations and all of my dreams.
I’ve had the most amazing things happen to me since I began this blog, and I’m grateful for new things every single day. I’ve made some wonderful friends, I’ve been brave and put myself out there, I’ve gone to meet ups and found the loveliest people, I’ve somehow gained followers who read my words on a daily basis, I’ve felt more creative than I ever have before, I’ve been invited to special events because of my blog, I’ve gained a support system I never knew existed, I’ve changed my career and I have become a totally different person. I can barely recognise the girl I used to be, as she was nowhere near as happy as I am now. I feel like I was living in my own little cocoon, and this blog gave me the drive to push myself free, and burst out into the sunshine in my truest form.
I almost can’t believe a whole year has gone by already, yet I feel as if I’ve been doing this forever. I really struggle to imagine what the hell I used to do with my time before this blog. I simply cannot imagine not doing this now, and I’d never want to. I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time, and so much has changed. I wonder what life will look like in another year?
I’d like to just take today to say a huge thank you to anyone who ever visits this blog and cares what I have to say. No matter what you’re reading; whether it’s my latest beauty haul, thoughts on current events, my artwork, empowering other women or just checking to see what I’ve been up to this week – you have made me so happy and it does make a difference. Thank you for encouraging me and believing in me and giving me a place to stay. Because when you visit this blog on your laptop/phone/tablet; you are giving me a little place to share my thoughts with you, you are letting me into your life, if only for a moment. I’m eternally grateful for that time and space in your mind.
Knowing I can write these words down and people will come to read them… Amazing. I hope I do you proud.
I have no idea what the next year has in store for me, but I’m feeling good about it. I feel like I can handle anything bad, and I’ll be grateful for everything good that comes my way. I hope you continue to join me on this journey, because it’s a hell of a ride.
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