I’m not one for anniversaries. I’m even trying to forget my own birthday (please don’t make me 30) but I’m pretty sure Vix Meldrew is 2, just about now. How much has my life changed since I started my little Blogger account all those moons ago?
Blogging has given me life. It’s given me confidence. It’s given me an outlet. It’s given me friends. But above all, it’s given me, me.
Rewind to this time 2 years ago. I was a MISERABLE teacher and girlfriend. I was over worked and underpaid. I was over loving and under appreciated. I was also a bit lonely. All of my friends were progressing in life and moving away and I was just stuck. Stuck in a relationship that broke me down at the core and stuck in a job where I felt I couldn’t do anything right.
Then I started Vix Meldrew after being obsessed with blogs for the last 5 years. One thing that has lasted since the beginning has been my ’10 things’ posts that I hope have brought many chuckles to you, my readers. I might not attempt fashion posts or write my boring wishlists any more, but I think the heart of my blog is still here. The heart is me.
So how did blogging make me, me?
Just look at the big changes my life has gone through in the last year or so…
At work, I don’t feel so under appreciated. I’m not striving for career progression, because I strive for better things with my blog. This means I can focus on what’s important in my line of work – the children. I make sure I don’t bring work home because I’d rather be blogging, tweeting or attending events. I’m also a lot happier with my work life balance which means the kids get a funny Miss, not a pissed off one.
When my relationship broke down in October, I was immediately added to a blogger Whatsapp group. A group with girls I now consider best friends. They were with me through every foray into the dating world and held my hand as my moving on overwhelmed me. My blog was my outlet for my dating woes and as you related and commented, I felt strong and happier than I’ve ever been. You were all there to laugh at the crazy monkey porn moments and get angry at the ghosting gits who ended up in the Graveyard.
When my Mum passed, my Whatsapp group were literally with me every second of her death. Then when I posted my news, the response, love and support was overwhelming. In a time I felt like I was falling down, you all held me up. Just releasing thoughts and emotions into my space helped me work through it.
And now as I enter new stages in life, whether that’s a new year at school, a new relationship or turning 30, I know I’ll always have my blog to turn to, to give me life again.