Beautiful With Brains Turns 7!

by Gio

7 birthday

Beautiful With Brains is turning 7 today! I can hardly believe it.

When I started this blog, I was an insecure girl in the throes of depression. I hardly left the house. Talking to another human being brought on a strong anxiety attack. I didn’t have the energy to do anything. Even brushing my teeth was too difficult some days. Writing, something I always loved, didn’t excite me anymore. For years, I only wrote a few lines here and there.

Fast forward seven years, and I am now living in the most amazing city in the world, trying to make my dreams come true. I’m still shy and reserved, but I’m learning to come out of my shell, put myself out there, and try out new things. I’m a lot happier and relaxed. And I’m writing more than ever. In fact Id’ like to turn it into a career. ๐Ÿ™‚

While I couldn’t pinpoint the moment or the event that triggered my recovery (it was a slooow process and many factors contributed to it), one of the things that helped me the most was starting this blog.

At the time, I had no idea how it was going to change my life. I just wanted to share my almost dead passion for one of the few things that I still had a remote interest in: cosmetics. I thought no one would be interested in reading what I had to say and that within a few months, Beautiful With Brains would be just a memory.

But seven years later, it s still going strong. It has now turned into a wonderful community. Along the way, I have met some amazing people I am now proud to call my friends. I regularly receive emails, twits, and messages from people telling me how this or that post helped them with a problem they had, which makes all the time and effort that go into this blog worthwhile.

Beautiful With Brains also led me to some amazing opportunities, like going to events, and working with brands I have always admired. And it made me rediscover my love for writing. More than that, it gave me back my confidence in my writing abilities and made me realise that I could do it professionally.

And none of this would have happened without you. All of you who take the time to read this little blog, write me emails and comments, send me twits, messages, say hi or just lurk in the background. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You’ll never know how much you helped me. I’m striving every to make this blog a better, more enjoyable place to give you back something of what you have given me. If I can do that, I can consider this blog successful. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lena June 9, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this insight. I suffer from depression, too. Reading this blog always helps me feel better about myself and that is probably the bigges achievement one can have.

Gio June 10, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Lena, I’m sorry you are suffering from depression too. It’s such a devastating illness. I hope you will soon feel much better. I’m so happy to hear this blog helps you. That’s what makes all my hard work here worthwhile. And if you ever need someone to talk or whatever, feel free to shoot me an email. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lena June 12, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Wow, I did not expect an answer. You really made my day. It is just such an awesome experience to connect with like-minded people supporting one another. I also wanted to thank you for your posts on body image. To me you are truely inspirational and I’m having a rather hard time now expressing how much I value the effort and time you must have invested in creating this blog and its content.

best wishes from Germany ๐Ÿ™‚ i hope you have a great day

Gio June 13, 2015 - 8:18 am

I love chatting with my readers. It’s one of the best parts of blogging ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks! I hope you have a wonderful day as well!

Trisha June 9, 2015 - 5:49 pm

Yay! Happy blog birthday, Beautiful With Brains!

And I’m so happy that you found a great way to start feeling better.

Gio June 10, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Trisha, thank you so much!

Ana June 9, 2015 - 6:46 pm

That was wonderful to read.

We’re here and thankful for the opportunity you’ve given us, of sharing all that with you.

Gio June 10, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Ana, thank you! I’m so thankful for you all too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Paris B June 10, 2015 - 1:40 am

Thank you for sharing Gio and I still remember the early days when the internet was smaller and we all discovered each other and became ‘friends’ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so heartening to hear that blogging has helped you personally and that you’re living your dream. Not many people take steps as big as this, and you know, you’re very brave to do so! Congratulations on the milestone and keep at it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Gio June 10, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Paris, thank you! I had no idea when I started blogging where it would lead me, but it’s one of the best things I have ever done. It gave me so much confidence, and allowed me to make some great friends. I feel like I was given a second chance and am determined to make the most of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

tirurit June 10, 2015 - 8:12 pm

First of all congratulations!! To be able to celebrate 7 years as a blogger is a testimony to your perseverance. Bravo!

As for how life changes? It is incredible. 4 years ago I too was a shell of myself and if someone would have told me that I would one day be as busy as I am now I would have never believed it! Which goes to show you how things can change. I am glad that your corner of the net had such a positive effect on your life ;D

Gio June 11, 2015 - 8:26 am

Tirurit, thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear you are much better now too. When you’re that bad, it’s hard to believe that things can change, but thankfully they do. I wish you all the best too. ๐Ÿ™‚

BebeTaian June 11, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Happy Blog Birthday, Gio! I’m happy to see you around.

I love following beauty blogs like yours because I’m interested in both modern and historical makeup. Also, most beauty bloggers don’t look like photoshopped magazine models- and that’s a good thing. It sets up much healthier expectations of what a product will or won’t do. It’s like those razor commercials on TV- they always show a razor shaving bare, “perfect” legs. How do I know that thing even works? Film my husband using that razor, THEN we’ll see how good it is! How do I know this lipgloss moisturizes? This woman’s lips are already commercial-ready perfect and pouty. But you might be having a bad weather week and confess to needing the help; did this lipgloss deliver? Now I know. And I don’t feel so alone for having bad skin days, days of exhaustion where it shows, the horror of finding out a beautiful lipstick (in the tube) is actually grainy and greasy at the same time and just plain awful. You’ve already written about it. I’ve decided that it isn’t about ‘misery loving company’ (dragging down others), but rather, bonding through commiseration. It’s about laughter in the dark.

As for depression… it seems rampant with everyone I know. What’s up with that?

Gio June 12, 2015 - 7:02 am

BebeTaian, thank you!

That’s exactly why I love blogging too. Bloggers don’t need to lie to sell you something. Those ho do never get far. They can keep it real, which is so much better for everyone. Saves a lot of time, and especially pain and disappointment.

I’ve been wondering about that too. I’ve read somewhere that depression is the second most widespread illness in the Western world and will soon be the first all over the world. Scary thought, eh? I think that’s because we have got better at diagnosing it rather than thinking it is simply a character flaw, and because our society is quickly getting more and more isolating and pushing us to chase the wrong things, like money and fame, even at the cost of compromising our values. Those disconnections are not good for the mind, or the soul.

Annette June 12, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Wow 7 years!!! We need to celebrate tomorrow with some wine!

Gio June 13, 2015 - 8:19 am

Annette, thanks! I can’t believe it’s seven years already! Times flies when you are having fun.

K / Cosmeddicted June 14, 2015 - 12:50 am

Happy 7th! I always look forward to reading your posts!

Gio June 14, 2015 - 6:51 am

K, aww thank you!

lidia June 20, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Dear Gio, thanks for sharing. I wish you continue writing your wonderful posts, I enjoy them and I learned a lot from your vast knowledge. All the best, Lidia from Israel.

Gio June 20, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Lidia, thank you for your kind words.I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my blog. All the best to you too.


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