Wednesday 8 March 2017

New Beginnings

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Welcome to a beautiful chaos. OMG, I'm so excited. I've wanted to change my blog name and brand for the longest time now. Although I feel sad to say goodbye to thrifty vintage fashion, it's for the best. I kind of feel like I'm saying goodbye to a child of mine * cue slipping through my fingers song by Abba* LOL

I will try my hardest to not get too emotional. Jokes. I've been blogging about mental health and my struggle with mental illness since spring 2016. When I started talking openly about my mental health, I was nervous at first. I was worried people would think I was attention seeking. Using mental illness as a way of boosting my engagement. This wasn't the case at all. In fact, the response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

People were unbelievably kind. Telling me how brave and inspiring I was to talk about my own battles and struggles. But this wasn't my primary intention. I wanted to support others also battling with their demons. I wanted to let people know that they are not alone. That suffering from a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. This aim was achieved. So many people have contacted me telling me how much I have helped them which honestly means the world to me. More than any number or statistic could ever do.

My other aim through talking about my mental health openly on a public platform was to raise awareness. There's an incredibly large and damaging stigma around mental illness. It stops people seeking the help and support they need to get better. Resulting in many struggling in silence. Not only do I try and support those with mental health issues I write to educate and inform those who are fortunate enough not to battle with their own mind every single day. I write for people who live with or know someone with a mental illness. I write to educate about mental illnesses that some may not have been aware of. 

I think I fulfil this aim too. Many individuals have got in contact with me to let me know how much they have learnt about OCD through reading my blog. I'm delighted this is the case. I will continue to fight the stigma till the day I die. 

This being said, I think it was the right time to make the change. As you get older, you change, you experience new things, you face new barriers. All these things combined shape and mould you to the person you are today. Back in 2014, I didn't really know much about mental illness. I loved fashion and beauty and wanted to share this passion with the world. Now I realise there's a lot more to the world than just the newest stock in Primark or my favourite lip glosses.

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I'm not saying there's anything wrong with those things. Don't get me wrong, if I find a new top that I love I will share it with the world but now my main passions lie elsewhere. In the world of mental health. I will do whatever I can to raise awareness and campaign for better support, understanding and treatment of mental illness. The way I do this is mainly through blogging and sharing my personal struggles.

From now on in, I'm going to be purely focusing on mental health and wellbeing with the occasional bit of lifestyle thrown in, If I want to really blog about something, not mental health related. It's my blog at the end of the day I will do what I want with it. 
None of my old content will be disappearing because A. Haven't got time for that shit and B. I want my blog to show development and progress through the years as time goes on. 

I will continue to post around two times a week (mainly on Mondays and Fridays) because that works really well for me but hopefully, in the holidays, I will be able to post more. I want to continue to branch out. Taking on new opportunities, working with new brands and charities to fight mental illness together. 

I'm so happy with my shiny new blog template and design, I honestly couldn't be happy with it. I'm ready to embrace the next chapter of my blog's life with open arms. I hope you are all as excited as I am and looking forward to seeing what A beautiful chaos has in store for the future. 

Of course, none of this would be possible without your continued support and love. You guys make my world go around, and I honestly can't thank you enough. 

Thank you for reading, as always X
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