The year is 2017. The world has yet to become a giant dumpster fire. There’s still hope – even just a glimmer – and everyone is fangirl-ing over Harry Styles’ debut single, Sign of the Times.
For me, 2017 was probably one of the worst years of my life. Think of a giant dumpster fire spreading to a giant sewage plant. Yeah.
I was 15 back then. August of that year I was finally returning to school after spending seven months unenrolled. I started a blog out of the abundance of loneliness and uncertainty that carpooled with my anxiety and depression, just wanting to share a bit with whoever would listen. I titled my first go round After Seven Months.
Maybe some of you have been there since. (Which is beyond crazy! Hi!) Maybe some of you are brand new and don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. (Which is beyond cool! Welcome!)
I eventually stopped the blog after a while. The dumpster/sewage fire I didn’t think could get any worse, did. I guess you could say the fire exploded and now like half of the world is on fire. I basically went back to square zero, struggling to live under the thick smoke that darkly clouded me, and had to start my life over again.
We now time travel to 2019. I’m 17 now, it’s the last decent year the world’s given, and everybody is into the weird country/hip-pop/pop/whatever mix that is Old Town Road (featuring Billy Ray, of course). I left school – again – and actually got to attend a summer at Syracuse University.
I restarted my blog under my name – Jade Vella – and wrote about my time there before ultimately stopping again. I wasn’t in the right headspace to blog. There was a lot going on then. Perhaps not as much as 2017, but still a lot. When I left my blog behind, I never thought I’d return. I trailed away from social media and really just wanted to live life in the shadows as best one can in the digital age.
Then The Giant Dumpster Fire of 2020 came to be. It was hard. I failed at everything in my life. The loneliness and isolation I felt lingered around me even more. Almost like I was suffocating. Towards the end of the year, I realized that even if I didn’t learn a new language or adopt a pet or suddenly pretend I’m on the Great British Baking Show making bread, I did something maybe even better.
I worked on myself.
I worked on myself, I’m in the right headspace, and now I just want to shout whatever comes to mind from the rooftops. There are still things holding me back – but I have to work with them as best I can. I’ve never liked the mindset of “this too shall pass”, but after last year…this too shall pass.
So here I am! I’m back! And I’m so, so, so freaking excited. Welcome to jade madison! A lifestyle and personal blog about well…life. I can’t wait to dive into everything! Fashion, (mental and physical) wellness, life, food, beauty, entertainment, etc, etc, etc! It’s one giant blog of everything. And again, I’m so, so, so freaking excited!
I hope those of you who were here since 2017 (or 2019) choose to stay. I hope we gain new readers. I hope we grow and you all love the content. There’s so much to come!
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Until next time!
Hi, I’m Jade Madison!
When I am blogging, I bring you quality lifestyle and personal content, as well as printables to make your life easier.