My life in Taiwan so far has been busy – working rather long hours and busy enjoying what the city has to offer: shopping, food, beauty treatments, dance classes (which I still very much suck at ).
I may appear to be a lonesome figure in a big city, but I’ve really been loving it. I’ve always been someone who is comfortable being surrounded by groups of people, as well as being by myself. Partly because that’s just how I’m built, and a lot to do with my friends, and that includes my #MBBE girls.
#MBBE is something special – a friendship group that extended far beyond our mutual love of makeup and food (though they are still a big part of of get-togethers ). Read my previous post (with plenty of happy snaps!) here. But today I also like to share some very touching words from Jacie, blogger of You’ve Got Nail and lifetime #MBBE:
Sometimes in life, circumstances happen to bring together powerful forces.
Cheezels and Pepsi.
Sonny and Cher.
Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer.
And the Melbourne Beauty Bloggers Event.
Two years ago, I was asked by the delicious Ms Valerie Chan to attend an event designed to bring together burgeoning beauty bloggers. I’m an independent sort and the idea of joining forces did not appeal. But the promise of free cake did and off I went.
And then it happened. I met a group of girls where we connected. Instantaneously. I remember getting a foot spa with Christine of Beautyholics Anonymous where we chatted like we’d known each other for years. We swore. We made blue jokes. And, at the end of the day, everyone there knew we had stumbled on something magical.
And the cake was pretty good too.
Since that time, the ties that bind have only gotten stronger. Not only did we support each other as bloggers, we began to support each other as women and sisters.
In December last year, I had a miscarriage at 19 weeks. It was without a doubt the most traumatic experience of my life. Along with my family, my MBBE family were there. Even when I dropped out of sight for weeks at at a time, they were there. Checking in. Making sure I was ok.
When I decided to stop beauty blogging, there was not even a moment’s consideration as to whether I was still MBBE. I was MBBE for life.
These women are my sisters. They are my lifeblood. They are people I lean on and they are people who lean on me. If they were the mean girls they are portrayed to be, they would have dumped me the moment I stopped blogging. That they didn’t is a reflection on the beautiful, perfect friends that they are.
To those who wish to see the bad in this, I believe this says more about you than it does about us.
Don’t hate on a sisterhood that is strong and kind.
Don’t hate on a group of women who supported me through the most traumatic experience of my life without once judging, hating or criticising me for my choices.
Don’t hate on a special connection that defies explanation.
Don’t hate on women who hold me tight when I shed tears and bleed. They are worth more than the gold in the world.
These are my sisters. I love them. So f*ck off. Seriously.
‘Because there is one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood’ – Robin Benway
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, June.
I count myself very lucky to have true friends like my #MBBE sisters. No matter where I am in the world, no matter how many or how few people I have around me, I would never feel lonely knowing our friendship is there, for life.
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