Hey guys, welcome to my blog!
I’m Lily, a twenty-something Island Girl with a love for the culture. I have been labelled as ‘gifted’ due to my multifaceted nature, skills and attributes. I see myself as quite the free-spirit and I hate to be boxed in or suffocated by others’ expectations of me. I’m an old soul, so I have often been told that I’m wise beyond my years. I’m learning that being my true, authentic self means having a willingness to show vulnerability, staying loyal to my core values and expressing myself unapologetically. I love music, singing, writing/poetry, performing arts, fashion, food, travelling and generally being creative.
My faith and family are of central importance. I work as a Youth Mentor and I’m also a Trainee Counsellor, with a degree in Criminology & Sociology BA (Hons). So, some of my posts will be related to the insight I have gained thus far. I’m passionate about supporting others practically and emotionally on this rollercoaster called life. I’m a proud advocate for Mental Health – especially for those of BAME backgrounds. I believe in meaningful work and making a positive difference in our communities.
Over the years, I have been commended on how I write and told that I articulate myself very well. Writing is something I have enjoyed from an early age. As an adult, I have become more open to the idea of sharing my thoughts on diverse social issues, as well as matters of the heart. I have encountered various challenges throughout my life’s journey and feel impelled to write about some of these experiences, as well as the numerous lessons I have learned along the way.
As Joan Walsh Anglund wrote:
“A bird doesn’t sing because he has an answer, he sings because he has a song.”
In other words, I don’t write or speak on things because I claim to have all the answers. I’m still learning and growing. I share because I have a voice and a story. I share because perhaps I am not alone in what I have thought or experienced.
Maya Angelou is one of my favourite poets because she wrote about being a ‘Phenomenal Woman’, overcoming obstacles, having confidence and being resilient in poems such as ‘Still I Rise’. One of her quotes that resonates with me and my purpose the most is:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”
I write to heal, in hopes that it may help, encourage and inspire others to do the same.
God bless & happy reading!