Today's prompt is 'to describe a distinct moment when my life took a turn.'
Like most people, I have had two or three life changing experiences over the years, which include the birth of my girls, bereavements and meeting a new partner at the age of thirty, but I wanted to keep this post more lighthearted. So, I have decided to write about when I began my blog.
When I first started I knew I wanted it to be a lifestyle blog. This for me meant leaving my comfort zone and trying something new. I do love being creative but I have always been unsure of myself, often believing too readily that I couldn't learn new skills, and I certainly did not like having my photograph taken!
The first thing I had to get to grips with was all the new technical stuff: modifying templates, using a DSLR, editing photos, designing a look, and finding and buying a domain name (what was one of those???). I'm so glad I did all this. I love taking photographs and it has made me so much more aware of my surroundings. I'm much more mindful, seeing patterns and little bits of loveliness in everyday things.
The blog has also made me more confident in what I wear. There were so many styles that I 'knew' wouldn't suit me, but now I don't give up on anything without at least trying to see if it works. I can hardly believe the difference it has made.
Blogging has also enabled me to meet new people from all around the world, which is so lovely. It is fascinating having an insight into other people's very different lives. I love it!
As a result of doing all these things, my confidence has grown. This has been helped by the lovely comments I have received online, as well as from friends who had no idea I blogged, because until recently I hadn't shared it with anyone I knew personally.
When I look back, I have come a long way. This was brought home to me today when I had a lovely comment from Alison, on photo Project 365, who said, 'Your blog is impressive and I wouldn't know where to begin.' That is exactly where I was eighteen months ago when I looked at some of your blogs.
Of course I still have some way to go. You won't often see me on photographs when I'm not hiding behind sunglasses. But hey..... give me time.