As The Interior Editor blog turned one last week, I got to thinking about how and why I actually came about writing it. The blog is my something good, out of something bad and I’ve built up the courage to tell you about it today.
So where to start…..
The Something Bad
To cut a long story short, 9 years ago after my youngest was born, I was diagnosed with a badass illness called M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). My world was literally turned upside down and I had to close my beloved florist. I was no longer able to sustain the incredibly long hours, 7 days a week that I’d been working. To be honest, I could just about function as a person let alone as a mother or wife. I was living a life in limbo.
With no cure, I sought alternative help and managed my condition through diet and resting. Thankfully, my health improved to the point I wasn’t walking around like a zombie. I got to thinking what I was going to do with my life (apart from being a mum and a wife that is).
The Something Good
As selfish as it sounds, I needed something just for me that made me happy. A something I could pour myself into that I was passionate about. That something was Interior Design. My illness provided me with the perfect opportunity to learn more about interiors and design, which I did online with the National Design Academy. It was the perfect set up, I could study when I was able to, and rest when I couldn’t. The greatest thing of all was that I fell more deeply and passionately in love with interiors. I went from taking a diploma to gaining a distinction in my FdA Degree.
I didn’t stop there, I signed up for my BA Degree, and bam, I started feeling unwell again. After two dreaded C scares, I put my degree on hold to take some time out.
The problem was I had been living and breathing Interiors for four years! There was this massive void that needed filling. Enter, a knight in shining armour, fellow former NDA student, Birgit. She had suggested several times for me to write an interiors blog, and after she finally sent me a link to set one up, I thought why the hell not and went for it.
My plans for future? For now, I am happy to continue my love affair with all things interior and design related through this blog and to share my adventures with you because that’s what they are to me. The small projects I’ve done over the past few years, will hopefully turn into bigger ones and then who knows what’s round the corner. I am just grateful to be where I am and for the support of my family and friends over the past few years. I am also extremely grateful to those of you that stop by each week and read my ramblings on interiors and design. So I’m sending out a massive thank you to you all and I hope you’ll continue enjoying my adventures in interiors and design, which will resume as normal on Friday.
See you then!!
PS: As my family are fully aware (bless them), I’m most definitely not one dishing out sympathy or receiving it. I have a just get on with it approach to life and would absolutely hate it if you felt that what I’ve written today was for you to feel sorry for me. It’s just me telling you a little bit about myself and why I set up the blog, which is kind of a big deal as I’m a private person. My being ill turned out to be a good thing, it has made me embrace what I do have, in the one life that we get!