A Little Intro to A Big Sister Blog

Welcome to my new favourite corner of the internet!

After years of writing and fanciful daydreaming, it’s finally a reality. I am so proud to present A Big Sister Blog; a little slice of my personal heaven that I wanted to share with others! Blogging has been a dream of mine for years now, and I’m so happy that I finally took the leap. So hello and welcome to A Big Sister Blog, a small space I created where I hope to share the advice and experience I’ve accumulated as an eldest daughter and big sister. My credentials as the ‘mom friend’ may also lend to the advice now and then, you know, for good measure.
I hope you stay a while and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea (whatever your poison), and take in the word vomit!

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A Teenage Girl’s Dream

Way back in the late 2000s, a young girl stumbled onto a well-known website known as Tumblr and the rest, as they say, is history. In the years since, she’s started and dropped tons of fan-related blogs that just never quite stuck.
You may be asking: “So what makes this different?”
Good question! This is mine. Everything I post will be 100% original content that is specific to my own experiences and the advice I can share. I could post my favourite pasta recipes or dedicate an entire blog to how much I adore collecting Funko Pops, and who do I answer to? NO ONE!
This level of freedom is borderline terrifying thanks to a concoction of obsessive behaviours and a certain attention deficit but who cares? Certainly not I.
Following that, I should probably write out a trigger warning list mostly for gratuitous language and I-tell-it-like-it-is syndrome.

Looking Back

From humble beginnings on the once-great site that is Tumblr, I’ve written millions (yes, millions) of words for a number of projects. Of course, it all started with fanfiction. Sigh Fanfiction. A guilty pleasure even now in my late 20’s, and something I routinely indulge in whenever I can. I wrote so much of it, for so many fandoms, that I’m quite sure I’ve lost track of most of it by now. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but that was never the point. It was fun and freeing, and I enjoyed expressing myself in the only medium I was comfortable in at the time.
Now, however, I’m comfortable in my expression; enough so that writing has become a dear friend as opposed to my only outlet. Which I think is important, because at one point, I despised it. I was writing so much for a ghostwriting company that I’d come to loathe the very conduit for my own emotions. It was a… troubling period. Burnout, fatigue, depressive episodes that lasted months, the works. And it was during that time that I realised my writing should never make me feel like dying.
In a sense, it was only exacerbated by the fact that I was working as a full-time copywriter for various advertising agencies for about 5 years. And anyone who’s ever worked in Marketing knows exactly how soul-sucking the work can be.
During that time, I wrote 3 200,000 word web novels, and several standard-length novels and e-books. Let me tell you, it was hell. I was working 9-10 hour days, almost 50-hour weeks, and still coming home to study and write at least 4,000 words every single day.
I was soon drowning in words that didn’t feel like my own. I was writing in a voice I didn’t recognise, and it terrified me beyond my worst nightmares.
That’s when I decided to drop the ghostwriting (that I was doing alongside a full-time job and part-time studies) and focus on writing for myself.
Now, as an Amazon Specialist for a global retail company, I have the time and freedom to write how I want and what I want.
Stay tuned for my first dark romance novel, coming soon!

Moving Forward

So now that we’ve gotten the past out of the way, it’s time to take that first step forward!
I want to dedicate this blog to offering advice for young women (men and non-binary humans as well) in the vein of life and mental health. Sprinkled throughout that will be little anecdotes and stories from my life that will hopefully be as funny as they are in my head. As someone who has been diagnosed with the following:

  • Clinical Depression
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Type 2
  • ADHD
  • OCD
    I’d like to share my experiences in my journey to diagnosis as well as management and treatment. I want to share resources that anyone can access as well as offer a safe space where readers can share their own experiences with me and one another. In my own experiences, I’ve seldom found helpful resources and, most of the time, the resources don’t help South African citizens.
    That’s why I’d like to curate resources and advice specific to South Africans and international readers.
    On my blog, you’ll be able to find the following:
  • advice for young adults geared towards young women
  • lifestyle pieces and general well-being tips
  • mental health tips and advice
  • everything you wish a big sister had told you
  • some funny stories
  • helpful resources on mental health and women’s health
  • downloadables like mental health diaries and journals
  • courses on mental health and more

Last Word

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it! As always, please feel free to drop me an email at vent@abigsisterblog.com with any questions or suggestions, or even if you just need to rant! And look forward to my brand new weekly newsletter coming soon (sign-ups are open)! Remember to take care of yourself no matter what life throws at you, and you are so much stronger than you think!
Love,
Your Big Sister

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