I wrote my first blog post 10 years, 9 months, and 6 days ago. It feels like it’s been a lifetime. Like there is no possible way that I was that Dominee and yet I was and I am. When I started writing here I had a vague notion of what I wanted to do. I wanted to spread positivity. I’d just come out of a depressive episode that had lasted from ages 11 to 25 and I was like “THIS IS WHAT JOY FEELS LIKE? I MUST SHARE.”
I had no idea who I was (although I was figuring it out). That’s one of the things I love about 10-years-ago-Dominee, the passion to explore myself. I wanted to make the world a better place in the way that people had made it a better place for me. Creators like SARK, Leonie Dawson, and Gala Darling were my idols. They were the first ones to talk about mental health in a way that felt relatable and not terrifying – in a way that made me think that there was hope for me. I wanted to do what they did. They used color and positivity to make people feel better about themselves in such a positive and gentle way. They are who I wanted to be when I “grew” up.
“I want to be who I know I already am deep down inside!
I am a work in progress and I want to be able to see that progress as tangible evidence that I am realizing my purpose in life. Maybe I can help someone else realize that they can change how they think/feel/react to live a radiant, happy, life. I by no means have it figured out, but I’m getting there!”
Girl was wise! My journey since then has been amazing and challenging and I love that so much of it is documented in my own words.
Here I am, nearly 40, and I am that person I knew I was deep down inside. I laugh all of the time. There’s a spark of adventure in me that I never imagined existed. I’m creative and the way that my brain works is something that people enjoy. And I’m funny and caring and more capable than I ever thought I could be.
My word-of-the-year is foundation and I wanted to focus on (re)building and strengthening my foundations in all areas of my life.
I’m taking a look back at how I got to where I am. I’m happily married to a person that lets me be myself and gives me the space to be the best version of me possible. I’ve created a life that I absolutely love. It’s safe, it’s warm, I am content, and there is magic and laughter sprinkled throughout my days.
My life is the way that I always dreamed it would be.
This year I am going to write a lot about foundations and how I built mine. I want to start at the beginning and build up. I want to condense the journey of 10 years, 9 months, and 6 days and 700 blog posts into bite-sized, actionable, pieces. I’m going to revisit a lot of my earlier content and tell you how my feelings have changed and how I’ve grown and what I’ve learned.
Most importantly though, I’m going to help you realize that you can change how you think/feel/react. How you can build your own foundations and how you can live a happy life.
Hi, I’m Dominee.