I thought I’d start my first post as an introduction on myself, reflecting over the past decade. How many of you have actually sat there and said to yourself who am I? Or what have I achieved or overcome in my life?
Life goes by so quickly and you can often just work to survive however I’ve been on a journey for a few years now, of self reflecting, self-love and positivity. This hasn’t been an easy journey however it has been an uplifting one and I have been able to learn so much about myself (good and bad) that I didn’t even realise.
Let’s start from the begining. I am currently 26 years of age and I’m the youngest of 3 children. Both my parents and grandparents are Jamaican/British Caribbean. Growing up I have always been surrounded by music and family. These two things are something I cherish up to this day.
I love being surrounded by my close friends and family but I can only be with people for a certain amount of time, before I want to be on my own and in my own space. I love to sing and I’m constantly listening to music, but I also love to watch a tv programme, film or read a book/colour. I’m a caring person who often goes out of her way to help someone in need. However, hurt or say anything about my family, close friend or someone I care about and my nice side disappears. I’m very shy at first and can seem stand-offish to some but that is just me observing someones character before I engage with them. I’m a woman of many talents and I have a very creative side.
Let’s take it back to just over 10 years ago when my parents split up, I was in my last year of secondary school. I had the better relationship with my dad out of the three of us however I had always been a mummy’s girl so this was a difficult time for me to process it all especially as I was going through my GCSE’s.
My mum has always been strong and stayed with my dad for the sake of her children however once we reached an age to truely understand that he wasn’t going to change and she was the only one providing for the family, she felt it was the right time for him to leave. Being the youngest and only being 15 I was old enough to understand why he needed to leave but still young enough to not want him to go as that was my Dad and I didn’t know what would happen to him.
One of my favourite sayings is that Everything Happens for Reason and alothough it was hard situation at the time, it needed to happen to better each of our relationships.
My family life has played a big part of who I am and it’s only since i’ve gotten older that I have learned why things have happened the way they did and am still learning.
Throughout this decade I have faced the loss of both my granddad’s, been in different relationships, changed many different job roles, gained a degree at university, started my own business, grown up in a big family, gone through different friendship circles, faced battles with religion/church, travelled and many more.
I hope that as I expand on my blog and the different situations i’ve faced throughout my life, i’ll be able to refelect on my journey that has made me who I am today and encourage or inspire others who may face a similar situation to me.
Love Jadine Delarose x