Five years ago, I started my blog. I had a sense that I wanted to celebrate my fifties and find ways to be fabulous.
Truthfully it wasn’t the brightest time in my life. I was recently separated and seriously struggling with my health. I had a great job, but it wasn’t easy finding balance, especially when I was trying to find my space among some very smart millennials.
I began my working life in marketing and PR and then moved onto journalism and magazine editing. When I reflect – I just love communication, and specifically the written word. So why not start a blog? I honestly didn’t have a clue where to start but that didn’t stop me.
I knew what I wanted to communicate. I wanted to let people, especially women over 50 know that you can be fabulous no matter what curveballs life throws at you.
Five years on …
Over the past five years I have written many blog posts across a wide range of subjects, all with the underlying message of confidence. I have had the opportunity to speak on stages, large and small, and I have met so many amazing women across the world.
As I look forward to my 56th birthday, I am ready to refocus and take my blog in a slightly new direction. I have listened to the feedback from my readers and followers on social media, and also listened to my inner voice.
I am delighted with my new modern theme and visually exciting blog. I am also delighted with my new photos (more about that in a bit).
My blog is now divided into three distinct categories:
How to look fabulous
Talking about all things to do with beauty, skincare, fashion and footwear and of course hair care, our crowning glory.
How to feel fabulous
Talking about health, weight loss, and very real struggles with overcoming mental and physical health. I write about mindset, confidence and fabulous woman who inspire me.
I am an avid reader and consume books at a rate of two or three a week. I have eclectic taste in reading. There is nothing I like more than the combination of a bubble bath, a good book and a cup of tea. I have had really good response to the reviews I have done in the past, but will now be posting regular reviews on the blog and of course on Instagram.
My journey to a new and better me
Through my blog there is the thread of my story and my journey. It hasn’t been easy, and I have had real challenges with my mental and physical health. I have dealt with a separation from a marriage that hurt me badly. I have ballooned to a weight that became a health issue in itself.
I am forever grateful to the people I share my journey with. Those people who have helped me and guided me along the way.
I am facing this year over 80lbs (nearly 6 stone or 40kg) lighter. I am still plus sized, but I am getting more comfortable in my body. I have wrinkles – lots of them, and baggy skin – but truthfully these physical factors are a sign that I have been on a journey and that I am still standing proud and fabulous.
It is quite sobering to look at the photos that I have used on my blog over the last 5 years and now add in the new photos – older, thinner, blonder (letting the grey in), but definitely happier.
I am a real girly girl and love all the accoutrements of beauty and fashion. I am grateful that we live in a world where we can grab onto what makes us feel fabulous. It is different for everyone, I know.
The next 5 years
Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey, for reading my blog posts and following my social media channels. I am delighted to respond to comments and to reply to anyone who messages me.