Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Shy & Fierce

I hated the word shy. It defined me for so long, every time I was introduced to somebody it was always the same. ‘She’s just shy’ was always more relevant than my name. I felt immediately disadvantaged before I’d even introduced myself. And, obliged to follow the statement handed out to me.
How could someone so shy, be so equally fierce?

I guess, you could say one outbalances the other. I know my shyness can reoccur in any situation, even into my adult life – I can grow increasingly quiet. Which often confuses those around me.
But, my fierceness stems from my quest to find fulfilment in my life. This type of fierceness bridges the gap of silence. I strongly believe that confidence cannot be solely judged on how many words you can speak out loud.
My fierceness lies in the pit of my stomach, it shows in my work, my writing and my ambitions.
I’m not afraid anymore, or embarrassed to be shy. I’ve learnt in my twenty-seven years that being brave is the key to opening up the whole world.  

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Be Your Own Role Model

When I was growing up my life was dominated by having an idol. Harriet the Spy was my first inspiration, a writer after my own heart.
Then of course, Gwen Stefani stole my heart. I never wanted to be a popstar, a singer or an artist – I just wanted to be cool.
When I was a teenager, there was Carrie Bradshaw. And Amy Winehouse.
I always had someone who I fiercely admired and looked up to.
L-R Perfume River, Vietnam. Sunset in Fiji. The Blue Lagoon Iceland. Koh Lanta, Thailand.
A couple of nights ago I realised that maybe it was time to start believing in my own role in life. Is it possible to feel aspiration, passion and drive through you own achievements?
I think so.
I’ve travelled to some of the most beautiful countries in the world, ate some of the most wonderful food, met some truly incredible people, fell madly in love, ran some fierce miles, why the hell should this go un-noted?
If I close my eyes and think of the best moments of my life, they are all times I have jumped out of my comfort zone. Been brave, given my absolute all to something and followed a dream.
If I feel something, it is passion, through and through.
I love travel, I love food, I love writing, I love eating and above all I love dreaming.
I think it’s time to show my younger self, that being a grown up is just putting everything you learned, dreamed and aspired for as a child into practice.
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