Honestly, I never set out to create a blog that is now ranked the #1 ‘Bangalore Blog’ (I’m so humbled and proud to actually say that though!) but as of last month that is exactly what my little baby is. Really, type it in, it’s #1 now and I’m thankful for all of the support I’ve received over the past – almost – two years. I started my little blog the very first day I moved to India in April 2011 to avoid having to send oodles of emails to family and friends or post massive notes on Facebook. There was no ambition behind it, I just figured that I would have a nice souvenir of my time in India really. Who’da guessed that it would change my life? But it has.
The negative income realities and stress that overshadowed my life from the autumn of 2011 until recently are gone. Things haven’t fixed themselves 100% but I am officially OUT OF THE TUNNEL and into the light. Ahhhhhh…. I literally just breathed a sigh of relief as I typed that because it has been so long coming that I rather want to shout it from the rooftops! I’m happy again, sleeping through the night and actually falling asleep without needing a couple drinks or taking something to make me drowsy…and I’m done feeling sorry for myself.
And although I do realise that fate and destiny and ambition play a role in the improvements in my life, a large part of the credit oddly goes to my blog.
The fact is that it really has touched most every aspect of my life – from wonderful friends I’ve made to a new career path that is being set in motion and more. It was indirectly responsible for me having the very cool job of touring with Guns N’ Roses last December and handling all the social media for their India tour (here’s about 60 pics from that gig). My blog helps me by opening my eyes to things I would have never explored or experienced in India. It gives me an outlet to express my feelings about living here and a platform to try and shine a new light on things like how IPL cheerleaders are portrayed or why a victim of rape has an 11% chance of living a normal life in India.
My blog kept me social during a time when I didn’t have two Rupees to rub together and thank goodness for that! I am considered a journalist to brands and businesses and am thankful to receive invitations to events and parties, which in the past had surely kept me from becoming more sullen and lonely than I already was at times.
AND, at the end of the day, my sweet little blog is also responsible for me falling in love for the first time in almost eight years, too! It was a Saturday afternoon like any other that changed my life. I was snapping pics to help promote the ProjectArt+ gallery opening at Mövenpick. He was there (tall, dark, handsome and simply perfect). And the rest is history. Still not sure what will become of these feelings but I am happier than I’ve been in years and just the feeling of being in love … well, it is amazing and I’m blessed.
But that memorable Saturday took place back in January when I was still very deep inside of a dark ‘tunnel’ and didn’t feel worthy or accepting of it or that I deserved to be in love. I guess this happens when the rest of someone’s life is in a bit of shambles like mine was. But all that has changed and now I’m happy and empowered and ready so I can’t wait to see what happens. In fact, thinking about it now, I realise that my entire life sort of whipped into shape all at the same time. I wonder if love acted as a sort of trigger that set off a chain reaction in my life? Hmmm….. It’s a pretty exciting thought!
You’ve inadvertently helped me out of the ‘tunnel’ and helped bring love and happiness back to my life again by helping to make my blog something special for me. So thank you for reading and for contributing to the conversation from time to time. Especially if you’ve been following along since the beginning.
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