My first Trimester must haves

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Dear Diary

In this blog post I have put together some things that have helped me get through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. (Some things I continue to use, and will throughout my whole pregnancy). By no means am I promoting or have been sponsored by any of these products. They are just products that I love to use and  have helped me get through the beginning of my pregnancy journey. (Before you buy anything, always consult your doctor as I did before purchasing). Happy reading!

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Elevit & Oselin Vitamin D 

It is so important to start taking pregnancy multivitamins while pregnant, or even before when you are thinking about conceiving. I started taking Elevit straight away when I found out I was pregnant. I think it is very important to take them while pregnant because they provide enough Vitamins and minerals for your growing baby. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to eat all the healthy fruits and vegetables, because you do! keep that in mind.

I also take Vitamin D tablets as I find I’m always low in Vitamin D. (I blame it on this Melbourne weather, always so cold).

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Orange & Cinnamon flavoured Tea

As I have mentioned in my previous post as well as my Instagram stories, this time around I have been a lot more sick and nauseous. (all day every day). I havn’t been able to drink my daily coffee. (literally the hardest thing ever, because everyone knows I love my morning coffee). I replaced my morning coffee with tea (flavored- orange and cinnamon, they say cinnamon helps with nausea). YUP and it sure did help me!

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Lemons & Lemon water 

Lemons and lemon water was my best friend the first few weeks of pregnancy. Every time I tried to drink a glass of water (especially in the morning when I woke up) I would throw up. I couldn’t drink water at all without feeling sick. My doctor recommend that I squeeze a little bit of  lemon in the water and try and drink it that way. It worked wonders!!! I could literally drink a liter of water without getting sick. (I even ate a whole lemon a few times but wouldn’t recommend this as it’s not good for your teeth). It helped with my nausea lol 

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Blackmore Nausea Relief Tablets

I also drink Blackmores Nausea relief tablets. (I don’t drink them daily, only when I’m really sick and nothing else seems to be helping). They really do help a lot especially when traveling. I found that my nausea was the worst when I  was in the car.  I was always car sick and would throw up every time, but when I drank the tablet the sickness seemed to pass.

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Palmers Cocoa Butter formula- Massage lotion for stretch marks

One thing that my mum told me when I was pregnant with my first child was to remember to always moisturize your tummy and thighs. BOY I’m so  glad I listened to her. (I make sure I moisturize morning and night and sometimes even randomly during the day). I have no stretch marks anywhere and I am so grateful that I took this advice from my mama. I think it is very important to do this while pregnant as your belly continuously stretches. (I usually use the Cocoa Butter Formula for stretch marks but any stretch marks moisturizer is fine). You will thank me later 🙂

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Olivia Panty liners

Panty liners are a must have when pregnant, I don’t need to say more. (Those of you who have been pregnant or are pregnant will understand).

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Avon foot spa trio

Dry cracked feet are such a turn off and I find during pregnancy my skin becomes so flaky and dry. I use this foot spa from Avon (exfoliate/spray and cooling lotion) once a week and it leaves my feet so soft, smooth and smelling so nice. This is perfect for me as I don’t really have the time to go to a spa once a week.

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Chap stick & Victoria’s Secret exfoliating Balm

As mentioned above my skin gets so dry but so do my lips. I always make sure I carry my chap stick. I exfoliate my lips with  my Victoria’s Secret exfoliating balm that I use once a week.

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Avon Skin so soft- Silky Moisture hand cream 

You can’t go moisturizing every other part of your body and forget your hands :). I always moisturize my hands before bed. I have been doing it for years.  I love smooth soft hands (just like baby skin). This is an Avon moisturizer I’ve been using and cannot recommend it any more. A little advice to expecting mummy’s out there, once the little one arrives there will be so many diaper changes and hand washing that you will definitely need a hand moisturizer.  Believe me, at one point my husband had to moisturize his hands too because of how cracked and dry they became from all the diaper changing and hand washing in one day.

So there you go guys! hope you enjoyed reading my must haves in the first trimester, and maybe you can even relate to some of my struggles. This is just some of many things pregnant woman MAY go through, but in the end we manage to solider on and it is all sooooo worth it in the end. ❤️❤️❤️

“Not every day of pregnancy is easy, but every day brings me closer to you” – Unknown

Mirela. B

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We are having another baby!

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Dear Diary

The day we found out we were expecting another addition to the family was a massive surprise, full of excitement, joy and happy tears. We always did want to have a big family. When Mateo came into our life we instantly knew that having more children was definitely what we both wanted in the near future. But what we didn’t expect was how quickly that was going to happen. In this blog post, I take you through the journey of how we found out about baby #2,  and what our initial thoughts and feelings were when it really sunk in that we were about to become parents of two.

Hawaii baby –

For my husband’s birthday I decided to surprise him with a family trip to Hawaii, (He missed out on having a big 30th birthday so what better way to make his 31st special but a family trip to Hawaii. (Thanks mum for helping me organize everything and being our babysitter on the whole trip lol). So anyways, we had a beautiful time and both Vlado and Mateo loved every minute. (I might write up a blog post in the near future on what we did there and why we loved it so much). On our flight home I was so nauseous the whole way back but thought nothing of it. (It was such a long direct flight to Melbourne that I thought it was just a lack of sleep). Once we landed in Melbourne, I rushed to the toilets and threw up everywhere. (Again! I blamed it on the flight and thought it must be something I ate) LOL Boyyyyy how wrong was I.

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When 3 become 4-

A few weeks had gone by and I kept telling my husband that I felt a little different, but just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. That night I had the most unusual dream. Yup! I had a dream I was pregnant!!! (I was getting so many signs from the Universe that I was pregnant but just kept ignoring them. I even had a close friend randomly say she had an odd feeling someone around her is pregnant lol, could it get any more Obvious!!!! I finally found some time to go and get a pregnancy test and Yup! of course it came out POSITIVE!!!!!!  At first I actually laughed to myself, (I tend to do this when I get nervous, wired but true) and slowly walked up the stairs where my husband was getting Mateo ready for bed. I stopped at the door and took a deep breath, walked in, said nothing and just gave him the pregnancy stick (mind you Mateo was half asleep and we couldn’t say a word to each other or else Mateo would wake up and it would be a struggle to get him to  go back to sleep). We just looked at each other with a big smile and my husband gave me a big tight hug. (seriously true story).

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The first trimester-

The first trimester was so hard for me this time around. I was so nauseous all the time (morning and night), I couldn’t eat anything and I was always so emotional (nothing like the first time around). The hardest part was hiding the fact that I was pregnant from close family and friends and constantly making up excuses or canceling plans with the girls (sorry ladies, my bad). I was over the moon when I was finally about to reveal to the world that baby #2 was on its way (In my next blog I will share some first trimester must haves that helped me get through the first 12 weeks, keep an eye out!).

The beginning of another new chapter-

So there you go everyone, I am 12 weeks pregnant and our little family will not be so little anymore. We are so blessed and so grateful for what’s to come. I’m a bit nervous but a lot more excited this time around (know what to expect) and cannot wait to meet our beautiful baby.

“It is the most powerful creation to have life growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift”-  Beyonce

Mirela. B

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Our Stay at the Versace Hotel

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Dear Diary

For mother’s day I got a beautiful surprise from my boys to stay at the Versace hotel on the Gold Coast. I was so excited and grateful to be able to share such an amazing experience with my family (come on who wouldn’t be, there are only 2 in the world). This blog post will be a quick honest review (mostly photos) on what my first impressions were and my overall experience at the luxury hotel.

First impression-

The moment we entered this beautiful place, a lovely gentlemen greeted us whilst the concierge helped to take our bags to our room. (A+ Service straight away). Two well-dressed doormen opened the double doors as we entered to check in. The foyer to the hotel was beyond amazing, the beautiful center chandelier, to the bright colourful Versace pillows on the lounges, (the details were incredible) and of course, the amazing view of the pool. (Honestly breathtaking, I didn’t know where to look first).

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Our room-

Our room was perfect! it was clean, really spacious and smelt amazing. Everything was beyond what we expected, from the bed, to the bathroom and all the fine details on the walls, pillows and bathroom accessories. The spa was huge and I couldn’t wait to unwind and have a bath while Mateo had his afternoon nap, (the joys of traveling with a child). Our balcony view was overlooking the amazing lagoon pool and it looked even more incredible at night. The bed was so comfortable (most hotels have such uncomfortable beds or pillows but not the Versace hotel – it even had the Versace logo on the frame of the bed (Ammmaazzinggggg!!). The fridge was full and the glass wear was beyond amazing, with the finest detail of the Versace logo of course. Everything was just perefect and we could not wait to embrace the Versace experience.

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Buffet breakfast and the restaurant-

With our room we had the buffet breakfast included. We would wake up super early and go downstairs to have breakfast.  I was amazed by the quick service (seating) and the delicious food. (since becoming a mum I have never not had a big breakfast) The staff were very friendly and accommodating (you need this especially if your holidaying with a child). We didn’t get a chance to dine at the restaurant as we ordered room service for dinner on both nights. (fussy baby can’t always do what you want)  The food was delicious (of course, I ordered pasta as I always do) and a big fruit platter (yippi!!! I’ve always been a fruit eater) We did go downstairs after Mateo fell asleep and had a drink (put him in the stroller and off we went, so lucky that he is a heavy sleeper). We had a few drinks, relaxed and listened to the beautiful light piano music being played in the foyer.

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The pool-

Unfortunatly the weather wasn’t that great and we didn’t get the chance to swim in the pool (it was way to cold for me). We still walked around and took some amazing photos. I was blown away at how big the the pool was and how many diffrent sections there were to explore. We came across a private beach setting where you can hire the cabanas and have the full beach life experince. (so sad we didn’t get the chance to do this, oh well there is allways next time).

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Overall, our stay at the Versace hotel on the Gold Coast was a 10/10,  We had a wonderful time and the service was above and beyond amazing. (This to me is so very important as it sets the whole vibe of your stay). We will definitely be going back for another family holiday. (hopefully when we return it is a little bit warmer so we get to swim in the never-ending pool).  I was a bit nervouse at first because it is a 5 star hotel and wasn’t to sure how well behaved Mateo would be (you never know with children, one min. they are angels and the next… ahaha ) It couldn’t have been more perfect and I loved every moment.  Thank you to my two beautiful boys, mummy loved her present. Maybe next mother’s day we could go again ‘hint hint’ xxxx

“You can’t pretend that everybody likes Versace. It would be boring. It’s better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That’s dangerous” – Donatella Versace

Mirela. B

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My love for Yoga and Meditation

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Dear Diary

Since having a baby I’ve become a little obsessed with Yoga and meditation. As mentioned in my previous blog when I became a mother I found myself overly tired, stressed and just overall unhappy with myself. (ching ching! This is where I turned to Yoga and Meditation). I feel that Yoga and Meditation has helped me with the physical and mental changes my body has undergone. These two practices have not only made me physically and mentally stronger, but also allowed me to explore inner peace and stillness, keeping me in the present moment.

Why I started doing Yoga

I remember the day I went to my first ever Yoga class at a local gym. I got up super early and couldn’t wait to give it a go. After the class, I was seriously disappointed. (Yup hated it! and thought what a waste of time). I went into the Yoga class thinking it would relax my muscles, give me a boost of energy and stretch my hole body out- and whilst it did some of those things, I just expected more. When I thought of Yoga I thought of a quiet space where you can completely zone out and focus on your stretches and poses. (At the gym I got distracted and couldn’t fully embrace the Yoga experience). A few weeks later I came across a Yoga studio and thought maybe that’s what I envisioned, a studio specifically designed for Yogis. (dahhh!!) I signed up and had the best experience ever! The moment I walked through the door I felt a sense of stillness and peace. The teacher was amazing and I could feel the love and passion she had for her profession. With so many different types of Yoga I began with Hatha Yoga- which is practically for beginners and provides an introduction to basic Yoga poses. I also practice Vinyassa, which focuses on coordinating movement with breath (I love doing Vinyasa Yoga, it leaves me so relaxed).

How Yoga led me to meditation

My Yoga teacher could see how much I was enjoying each class and mentioned since I love (Vinyas Yoga) so much, I should try meditation as well. At the end of each Yoga class we had the last 15 minutes to do a quick meditation. (I’ve never meditated and did not know what to expect). Once I did a few classes I got so excited and couldn’t wait for my next weekly class (yes! I was hooked). I sensed a complete change in myself, I noticed I was a lot calmer, a lot more at ease and overall a lot more energetic and happier. (It certainly did take a few classes to get used to it all). I remember one day I was scrolling through Instagram (as you do) and came across a meditating course that caught my attention. I signed up to get the free 5 min intro and honestly fell in love with it. It’s a practice that I have adapted into my daily routine and honestly would never look back. (Thank you so much Rochelle for creating this brilliant course). I’ve mentioned it a few times on Instagram but for those of you that don’t follow me on Instagram, the course is called MINDSPO. I highly recommend checking it out. It has honestly changed my life (I practice meditation every day and wished I started sooner).

Healthy Body, Mind and Soul

As mothers, we are faced with so many difficult challenges that leaves us tired, angry, disappointment and overall unhappy. I turned to Yoga and meditation to help me overcome all these difficult demons I was facing. Motherhood sure isn’t easy and it can be both physically and mentally draining. (Gosh! I sound like such a whinger, there are good sides to motherhood too, ill be going into more detail on this further in my next blog). But overall I’ve learned that it’s important to try new things (in my case yoga and mediation) which  have had a tremendous positive impact on my life physical and mentally.

Is there something you can change or do to improve your over all physical and mental health?

“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday try something different today. don’t stay stuck do better”
-Alex Elle

Mirela. B
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Breast-feeding, The baby blues and that 000 call

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Dear Diary

The first night with Mateo we were about to learn very quickly how hard it really was to be first time parents. The first few weeks were really difficult, with no sleep, constant crying and diaper changing. (no surprise here right?) We had no idea what we were doing but tried our very best to care for, nurture, love and keep Mateo happy (ohh there were a lot of sleepless nights lol). Eventually we managed to get Mateo into a daily routine. (I cannot explain how important routine is). Mateo was waking up for his feed every 3 hours and my husband and I were taking turns with sleep. I don’t mean to brag but I’m so fortunate to have the husband I have, he is truly amazing! It came as no surprise that everyone was so excited to come and meet baby Mateo,but we needed some time as a family first to get used to it all. We made it quite clear that we didn’t want any other visitors besides immediate family. (Everyone is different, but this is what we chose to do).

My struggle with breast-feeding

To be honest I didn’t really think I would find breast-feeding as difficult as I did. I remember discussing breast-feeding in the maternal classes we attended and how important it was for mothers to breastfeed. Like every mother, I chose to give breastfeeding a go and do what’s best for my child. The first time I breast fed it was so painful that I almost cried. (Everyone is different with breast-feeding, for some it’s so natural and easy and for others it’s frustrating and difficult). Unfortunately I was the mother who found it frustrating and difficult. I remember a particular person (and no it wasn’t my mum) who demanded I had to breast-feed and I had no choice. This made me so upset, and at that point I honestly thought I failed at motherhood before it even began. I can’t even explain to you how much your emotions and hormones play up after giving birth. This as the professionals referred to as ‘The baby blues’.

My struggle with the baby blues

As the days went by I tired to do everything possible to be a ‘good mother’, but little did I know that in order to take care of my baby, I also had to take care of myself. I’ll be straight out and honest I was bloody exhausted, I was not sleeping, I was not eating and I was miserable. (Don’t get me wrong, I had plenty of opportunities to rest and re-charge, but just didn’t. At one point I remember staying awake for 24hours (Mateo was so good, and even started sleeping for longer periods of time). I just couldn’t sleep and I was emotional all the time, even the slightest remarks about motherhood I would assume the comment was directed at me, and I would beat myself up about it.

That 000 call

The day I was rushed to hospital was the scariest day of my life (literally, I thought I was dying). I don’t remember it much, but I remember bits and pieces. I remember waking up that morning so dizzy and so tired but I had a baby to take care of and put my focus on that. Just as I finished breast feeding Mateo (Yup! Still struggled but kept on pushing through) I put him down and almost felt like I was going to faint. I had no energy and felt my body start to shiver, I was so freaking cold (mind you the heater was on and it was so hot in the house). My husband came rushing upstairs and put a blanket around me. (I had like 5 blankets around me and I was still cold!). I had no idea what was happening, I started hallucinating and my sentences didn’t make sense. My husband checked my temperature and it had reached 42c (what the bloody F, I know!). He called the ambulance and my parents, and I was rushed to hospital immediately. I was away from Mateo for 1 night, but was so very grateful to have my mum and sister in law that took such good care of him.

So the reason I’m sharing this experience with you all (particular first time mothers) is to make you aware of how important it is to look after yourself (don’t make the same mistake as me). Nap when your baby is napping, allow others to help and take time, even 10 minutes to yourself. Don’t feel guilty because your baby will be ok. Again, this was my experience and it doesn’t mean it will happen to you (touch wood). I look back at this experience in my life and still get so emotional, but I also think how silly I was that I didn’t take better care of myself. At the end of the day we are only human, and we can only do the best we can, but sometimes we need to be reminded to take care of ourselves too.
For those of you wondering, I am happy and healthy. The doctors had said my body was significantly exhausted and that I had some sort of infection (still don’t know from what).

“Self care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel”
Eleanor Brown

Mirela. B
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Pregnancy, Labour and the Arrival of my Beautiful Baby

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Dear Diary

The day I found out I was pregnant was the happiest day of my life. The different feelings and emotions that I felt that day are indescribable. I was happy, excited, nervous and scared all at the same time. As the first week went by it hit me like a ton of bricks that I was going to become a mother. I had no idea what I was in for and how much my life was about to be flipped upside down (in a good way of course). I started writing in my journal daily and reflected on my thoughts, feelings and preparation needed in taking on this new chapter in my life. I even remember telling my boss, I burst into tears the moment I told her (I still don’t know if it was because I was nervous to tell her, or if at that moment it all sank in that motherhood was my next chapter. My family was so excited and so happy with the news, don’t even get me started with my mum (oh the joys and excitement of her becoming a grandma, I can’t even describe).

My pregnancy was a smooth ride (believe it or not), I didn’t get sick at all besides that one time when eating a cheeseburger lol (I’ve never eaten a cheeseburger since, true fact!). I was so afraid of morning sickness as my mum was sick with all three pregnancies. (Not just morning). We had a lot going on at this stage, moving to my mums, finding new tenants for our place, and our dream home was in the process of getting build. I kept myself busy at work (from memory I worked till I was about 7 months pregnant) and eventually couldn’t stand on my feet any longer. Shit was getting real and everything was falling into places just like I wanted it to. I remember when my water broke it was early Wednesday morning, 1:07am to be exact. All I remember was waking up to a massive puddle around me (Yup guys this is true and gross). At first I thought I peed myself, but eventually came to terms that my water broke. I changed the sheets and wait for it…. went back to bed!! Yup! You heard right! I mean who the hell does that… Me! Don’t even ask me why I did that, I still don’t know. I mean I wasn’t in any pain, and I thought maybe this wasn’t what was meant to happen. (It was my first pregnancy guys, give me a break). I remember my husband freaking out and telling me to go to the hospital’. I was so cool, calm and collected and just went to sleep. We laugh so much now when we talk about this particular moment.

My labour was the worst pain I have ever experienced in my whole entire life (and when I say the worst pain, I mean the worst pain!). On my birth plan I decided to go with the strict no drugs/natural birth rule (Yup, call me crazy). It took almost 20 hours for me to give birth and boy did I struggle. I was nearly rushed into having an emergency C-section but pushed through (literally!). My labor was not an easy one and there was a lot of complications, which I won’t go into. Moving on, the moment I laid my eyes on my beautiful baby was the most magical day of my life and also the day my life was about to completely change. I had officially entered this beautiful world we call motherhood.

Welcome to the world Mateo Barisic

Mirela. B
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Welcome to my world!

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Dear Diary

Hallo beautiful people and welcome to my world. So yes! as you may have guessed I’ve built the strength and courage to finally create my own personal blog for the world to read. There are many reasons why I decided to bring ‘Scribe My Journey- By Mirela to life, one being the fact that ever since I put pen to paper I loved to write. As a child I loved writing my thoughts, ideas and experiences and found it so empowering how expressing myself on paper could make me feel (call me cheesy but it worked for me). As time went by I kept a small journal and it almost became like my life security blanket. I would write almost every day. In saying this, I know I’m not the best writer and my spelling is terrible (English is my second language) but does it really matter? and should that really stop me from writing if I enjoy it so much?

How it all began!

Not long ago I reunited with an old friend from high school (she literally came out of nowhere). She was the one who introduced me to the world of blogging. Being a blogger herself she continued to inspire and encourage me to start creating my own blog. She shared so many ins and outs of how she started her blog, what her insecurities and imperfections were and how it all began for her. I was so touched by her encouragement and support that I began visualizing what it would be like if I started blogging- sharing my thoughts, ideas, struggles and experiences with the world. I started getting really excited but of course there was that voice in my head that said I wasn’t good enough, what would I write about, no one would read what I write, everyone has a blog theses days. These thoughts continued to fog up my mind and I started to accept all theses crazy beliefs and assumptions that were in my head (I still continued to write in my own personal journal).

How I jumped, and just went for it!

Even though I decided that blogging wasn’t for me in that moment, I couldn’t escape from the blogging world. It was all around me, everyone was blogging, I was always reading different blogs and continued to get inspired. Little did I know I’ve been blogging for most of my life in my personal journal, I just wasn’t exposing and sharing my thoughts with the world. When I became a mother I started to see the world in a different light, I started to explore the world and didn’t fuss over the little things that didn’t matter. I started to live life and just go for every opportunity that came my way. I stopped thinking about what others thought about me and tried to be the best role model for my son. (I will go into further detail about motherhood in my next blog). I let go of every negative thought I had and just let nature take its place. I kid you not, a few days ago I came up with ‘Scribe My Journey by Mirela’ out of the blue, it all started making sense in my head and I thought why the hell not, what have I got to lose (besides exposing my personal life to the world lol).

A little insight on what ‘Scribe My Journey- by Mirela’ is all about

Well, as mentioned I’ve had a journal all my life so this is my little space where I get to be creative and bring that to life. By sharing my thoughts, ideas and experiences with the world I hope I inspire others to do the same. Yes I’m aware that some stuff I write not everyone will agree on and it may even offend some in certain ways but please understand that the purpose of my blog is to be as real, raw and honest as I possibly can about MY LIFE EXPERINCES. I’m open to other people’s opinions and views but please don’t be nasty. As my mother always use to say to me ‘if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say it at all’. I’m so very excited and cannot wait to get started and build Scribe My Journey- By Mirela and create a positive space for people to enjoy reading.

Thank you and welcome to my world!

Mirela. B
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