We made it to Wednesday! Let me start by saying thank you again for coming to One Pot Slop and taking a few minutes out of your day to hangout with me and support this blog. It means the world to me to watch my blog and readership grow and I can’t even express my gratitude. I can, however share this post about why I blog and why I wanted to start OPS.
Once upon a time, when I was 21 years old, something horrible happened. It was St Patrick’s day and I’ll leave the amount of drinking that occurred to your imagination. Late that night, my boyfriend at the time, picked me up over his shoulder to carry me to the car, and slipped off the curb. My face caught us both, all 300+ pounds of us from about 3 feet up, on the concrete. I’ll spare you the gory details but according to the nurses, the fact that I can sit here and type this out is a miracle. I was very lucky.
Needless to say I have a scar now on the center of my face where my nose meets my forehead. This took over a year to completely heal and changed the way I viewed skin care forever. For a year I had to stay out of the sun, for a year I had a healing wound on my face, and for a long while after, I would look at old photos of myself and wish I had my old face again.
I was drawn towards blogging for years and years before I actually started OPS. I needed an outlet where I could document the beauty in my life and how beautiful I was, scar and all. Playing dress up made me feel beautiful, photography fed my soul, and writing was a budding passion I didn’t realize I needed yet. In short, One Pot Slop was born as a therapy tool for my healing self. I loved the inspired, motivated, and positive outlook on life the blogs I read gave me, and although I wasn’t considering anyone might be reading my blog in the beginning, I wanted to give others this feeling as well. A place they could visit and read and see things that inspired them to be motivated and positive in their lives no matter what they were struggling with.
After a while the blog evolved. It wasn’t just about me and pouring things I loved on the page that satisfied me and made me feel good, it was about the people who might find their way here as well. I began to think, “I had to change my entire view point, routine, and lifestyle with skin care after my accident, maybe someone else could benefit from what I learned and the products I use.” I wanted to do more than just inspire, I wanted OPS to be helpful, a resource, where you can come and get advise and recommendations that would save you time and money and make you feel like a beautiful person.
Every summer people say I have lotion on my face, or sunscreen I haven’t rubbed in, or ask what is on my face, or some guy at the gas station says I must wear sunglasses a lot because I have a tan line and honestly, for a moment, I’m shocked and shy, because this has been my face for years now, and I don’t think about it being there, then I have to say it’s a scar and endure the awkwardness as they feel bad for saying anything and I feel, for a fraction of a moment, like an ugly duckling again.
This is why I love OPS and all of you reading this, because we all have our “scar”, and I get to show you beautiful pictures of outfits that make me forget about my scars, and recommend beauty products that make your skin look healthy and amazing, and makeup items that make you feel like your prettiest self. I can be there for you in some small way to show you how beautiful you are and life can be with these products, and pictures, and words. I want to make your life easier, I want to make you feel beautiful, and I want to inspire you to make the people around you feel the same. If you have a “skin deep” problem that keeps you from being your best self, I want you to be able to come to One Pot Slop and find your solution and get back to being fabulous and enjoying life uninhibited.
This is why I blog. Because I’m flawed too, and I want to feel beautiful and inspired and motivated, and I want to share that feeling with all of you. Thank you so much from every corner of my heart if you read OPS and find it helpful or inspiring. You make this little blog go and you make me feel like my best self by allowing me to do something I truly love.
This one is dedicated to all of you. Always stay inspired, and don’t ever forget how beautiful you are.