I promise I didn’t forget about you. In the mist of trying to grow Eyeliner & Empowerment and raise as much awareness about Cerebral Palsy as I can through my YouTube channel and Instagram I put my blog on the back burner, which I’m not sure why? It’s so much easier. Instead of sitting there all dolled up in front of a big ring light that makes me sweat by the 50th cut of video, I’m sitting here drinking an ice coffee, makeup free in a big tee shirt and comfy shorts & my hair is in a big messy bun…and not cute kind either.
I figured I take this time to updated you on my life. Basically I have always thought with my right side of my brain, which means I think creatively. Since I was toddler painting, drawing and designing have been constant in my life. I think I was the only 10-year-old girl who would think opening up a brand new paint set and think it was the most beautiful thing. I simply I have always been a creative person and as much as I love writing and letting all my thoughts flow though my finger tips for hours at a time I needed to challenge myself creatively, but I just couldn’t figure out how.
I didn’t always have the idea to make YouTube videos. It sort of just happened when I googled Cerebral Palsy and noticed there was no real everyday life information on the disability. Don’t get me wrong I could spend hours reading the terms of CP and a ton of doctor and physical therapist information, but it was written all extremely serious. Enough to even scare me and I have been living with this disability since birth. It was then when I started to really think and pray on an idea on how to get the Cerebral Palsy stuff that no one really talks about out there in the internet world. Fast forward a few days later I was scrolling through Pinterest and I saw a “Summer Life Hack” picture and a link to a video. A light bulb went off and I went to YouTube typed in Cerebral Palsy Life Hacks and nothing came up. I made a quick outline of how I wanted the video to turn out, dragged my fiancé around with me to be my “camera guy” and sat on my computer for hours and taught myself how to use a video editing software…and by hours I really mean days. It was hard I’m used to being a Graphic Designer, so editing a video was a whole new world to me but with the help of coffee, google and my determination I did it. I uploaded it and was shocked to see that the video just kept going up now I hit over 10K views on it. If you want me to be truthful I could care less about the views, what made me keep going with my next video was the outpouring support from you all, the emails, the comments everything was so amazing. I never felt so much support from so many people, I was simply on cloud 9. Within a month or two later I uploaded my next video which was a Question and Answer video with my mom a two-part video and now I’m getting ready to upload my 10th video.
I was so focused on my new YouTube channel that I didn’t even realize or think about my blog. It was when I received an email from one of my subscribers that brought me back to reality. The email was short and to the point…
“It’s a shame that you stopped writing on your blog. I love your videos but your writing spoke to me. Don’t put so much of your time and energy into just one thing and don’t forget where you started from with Eyeliner & Empowerment.”
Still reading that I feel my heart sink into my stomach and not because the email upset me, because it’s true. Eyeliner + Empowerment started from me in my PJ’s late at night typing on my laptop. It was SIMPLE. There were no ring lights, no cameras and no hours of editing. It was just myself writing what was on my mind. Don’t get me wrong I still do absolutely love making videos but I can’t forget where Eyeliner & Empowerment originally came from. So with that being said I’m going to try my hardest to post at least one or two blog post a month along with my YouTube videos. Now, don’t hold me to that because sometimes life does get in the way, but Eyeliner + Empowerment deserves the best of both worlds.