Despite its rather shallow subject and easygoing tone, this blog has challenged me, pushed me and made me stronger and more determined than ever. Everyday I sit down to write and there is no certainty I will be able to keep doing it – I could stop being relevant, you could get bored, anything could happen that would make it impossible for me to carry on blogging full time. I can’t allow myself to get stale, to stop creating and thinking. It is a never-ending job, albeit one I adore. I am forever crippled with self-doubt, like everyone else I compare myself to others and have to remind myself daily to be strong, to keep my spirits high and to keep doing what I am doing.
A couple years ago, aged 33, I was finally able to call myself a writer when I was commissioned by Les Editions de la Martinière and SWAROVSKI to write their first book “Multiface(t)s: Style Yourself With Jewellery“. Professionally, it was the scariest thing I’d ever done. I’d been dreaming of writing that first page for so long, that when I sat down to do it I was completely overwhelmed. Not one to give up easily, I soon got a grip on myself and started writing. It felt so good, so exciting – it validated my teenage dreams! An opportunity like this wouldn’t have presented itself if this blog didn’t exist. It also wouldn’t have presented itself if I had gone home that night after cleaning up blood and had decided to give up on the writing dream. I know I haven’t penned the great American novel and I am aware that I am very much a blogger and a journalist first and a writer second but I cherish the fact I carried myself to this point, to this place where I can tell you little stories everyday and casually mention I wrote an entire book.
This blog is also helping me fulfil another dream – something I am currently in the process of doing, something pretty major for me and my family. It isn’t something I can tell you right now, but rest assured I will tell you in due time… After all, my spirit wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for you, dear readers. I hope this story will inspire those of you chasing their dreams to keep dreaming, to be brave and strong and not to let anything get in their way. Take this as an early Christmas wish from me to you.
I choose to wear my “Spirit” and “Strength” SWAROVSKI symbols designed with Miranda Kerr as they are constant reminders to be strong, spirited and to keep living my dreams. The collection includes six different symbols: “Strength”, “Love”, “Spirit”, “Joy”, “Grace” and “Brilliance”. Each piece of jewellery holds a very personal meaning, making the collection a perfect gift for those you love (or to yourself!) this holiday season.
Follow @SWAROVSKIUK on Twitter and tweet your Christmas wish for a loved one using the hashtag #MySparklingWish and tagging @SWAROVSKIUK, for a chance to win a SWAROVSKI‘s Christmas hamper. Including Christmas baubles, Shimmer tea lights and pieces from the Miranda Kerr collection. Full T&Cs here.