Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Two Years Today

On this day 2 years ago, I published my very first blog post. It feels pretty crazy to be writing this, because I still can't quite put into words how I feel about the whole thing. I feel overwhelmed to say the least.

Throughout my life, I've never really felt fully accepted by other people. I used to get bullied when I was younger and I never had a proper group of friends. I guess you could say I never felt like I 'belonged'. I'd been reading blogs and watching YouTube videos since I was 9 years old and both of those platforms were pretty much an escape for me. I was too young to have Twitter and Facebook, so I wasn't exactly interacting with these like-minded people, but I still felt connected to them and their lives regardless. I knew that I wanted to start a blog and potentially even a YouTube channel one day, but I just didn't have the courage to do it at that point.

April 5th 2015 was when it all changed. I went onto Blogger during the evening and that was when Simply Jadey was born. My first post was all about beating body image issues, which you can read here if you want to see where it all started.

I was 14 back then and now I'm 16. A lot has changed in my life, but one thing that has grown is my blog and my love and true passion for everything to do with blogging and social media. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would come this far in such a short space of time. This platform has really helped me grow and develop as a person and I couldn't be prouder of myself for biting the bullet and creating it back in 2015.

When I was younger, I didn't have many reasons to be proud of myself. Sure, I was kind, considerate and always polite to people that I met, but I was so uneducated about the world that we live in. I didn't know anything at all really and that was only because I wasn't old enough to go out and explore for myself. Blogging has given me a reason to be proud of myself. I'm proud of the content that I produce. I'm proud of the way I connect with brands and work with them. I'm proud of the incredible friends that I have made. I'm proud of the comments and the feedback that I receive. I'm just so proud of this platform that I have managed to create. Blogging has given me so many opportunities and they still come in on a regular basis. I would never take them for granted, but I am so grateful that I do get the chance to do what I love and to do it as much as I can. It isn't my full time job, but not everybody has a hobby that they are genuinely passionate about and interested in.

I guess I just want to take this moment to say thank you to all of you. Whether you have been with me since the beginning or whether this is the first post of mine that you have come across, I still owe you the biggest thank you. I don't know where I would be without my blog and in fact, I dread to think about how lonely I would be if it didn't exist. I have made so many wonderful friends that are close to my heart and although I'm not going to go through and name all of them individually, they knew who they are. I couldn't have done it without them, their love and their continuous support. Every day I sit and think about how lucky I am and how proud I feel to be part of the blogosphere. The community is such a huge part of my life and I genuinely look forward to the conversations that I have with everyone. It has filled a massive hole in my heart and it's given me something to be both proud of and happy about.

To those of you who are always messaging me on Twitter and keeping me company throughout the days and nights, thank you. To those of you who always show support and comment on my posts, thank you. To those of you who I can always go to and who can always come to me, thank you. You all mean the world to me, whether we have spoken before or not. You contribute to my main source of happiness, which is this place where we all are right now. I hope you continue to follow me throughout the rest of my journey. The only way is up, after all!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Simply Jadey. Here's to another 2 years.
Lots of love always,

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