The gal behind the text
Hello and welcome to my blog!
Now I'll be honest with you, this isn't my first rodeo with blogging. I've actually been doing this thing since I was 16 and I’m 25 now so I’ll let you do the math because I’d rather not.
I used to blog about everything and anything. Sometimes just about my day, which for an introverted gal studying for her A-Levels with 3 friends wasn’t exactly riveting; I’d post my very sad girl -esque poetry; some casual existential posts every now and then because yes, I was that girl who took one philosophy class and became obsessed, I won’t apologise.
You get the gist.
I didn’t really know what I was doing but the main thing was I really enjoyed writing, and I always have.
I remember getting a task in Year 3 (around 7 years old) to write a story in class, and by the end of the class, I was still writing. I wouldn’t stop. You couldn’t pry the pen out of my tiny hands. I practically filled that exercise book with what I can only think were the most captivating characters and adventure-filled plot twists riddled with grammatical mistakes and a plethora of conjunctions of course
But I LOVED it. I was hooked.
I also loved to read and definitely hoarded books as a child.
I had a HUGE bookshelf that was definitely too big for our little 2 bedroom maisonette in London but she was PACKED with stories from Ladybird books (who remembers those?!) to that never-ending rainbow magic fairy series that I obviously needed to own every single one of, to a bit of Steven King which I was absolutely too young for.
So where does this passion for writing and reading leave me now?
Before I tell you that, you're probably wondering who the heck I am.
Who is Candice Daphne?
My name is Candice and I'm from London. I work as a freelance copywriter, I have a YouTube channel where I upload videos on spirituality/wellness/lifestyle, and I run a self-discovery magazine called JADEN. I can probably also now say that I am a blogger!
I have an unhealthy obsession with the moon and I struggle deeply with walking past any bookshop without going in and on my particularly fragile days, I may come home with a couple of new friends for the bookshelf. (The same system applies to houseplants).
My favourite colour is pink but I love a good neutral tone and I'm currently working on reimagining my wardrobe to reflect my awe of autumnal tones (if you love a good autumnal thing you'll love my Pinterest).
My favourite author is Haruki Murakami and my favourite book is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. (More like Donna ART iykyk) I mostly read fiction, literary fiction, a bit of crime now and again, and I really have a thing for spiritual and well-being stuff.
Oh and I knit. Bet you didn't see that one coming.
So what can you expect from this blog?
I wanted to combine my love for reading and personal growth somehow and since I’ve been blogging on and off for about 9 years, I thought it was time to find a real niche.
Listen, every book has a relatable moment at some point, even if it doesn't directly relate to the plot.
Sometimes you can really relate to a feeling or situation a character is in. Sometimes they can awaken something within you and make you realise something huge. And what can we take away from that? What can we learn from these characters and their stories and use them in our own lives?
How did Donna Tartt help me to rediscover my love for drama, literature and art, help me to find a corner of the world I have a deep love for, thrust me into a self-discovery journey to really get to know myself, find out my likes and dislikes so that I can further grow as a person? And how can you do so too?
Why did reading Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams frustrate me at times because it felt like she was holding a mirror up to my life and what does it teach us about relationships?
These are the types of things I want to explore on this blog. Less about the writing style of the novels and the word choices, but more on how these books make me feel and what we can learn from them.
Like yeah, something may have had a fast-paced writing style but how can we make sure our relationships don’t come to the demise of the characters in Ordinary People by Diana Evans? What traits and habits do we want to incorporate into our lives and which would we rather leave off our plates?
I hope that sounds exciting to you because I can’t wait to get started.
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