Paula Melissa at the Premier Digital Awards

YOUNG BLOGGER OF THE YEAR – PREMIER DIGITAL AWARDS 2019

On Saturday 2nd November 2019, Premier Radio hosted the Premier Digital Awards. I was shortlisted, along with four other brilliant young bloggers. And I came second!

Huge thanks to Premier Digital for considering me! I am so grateful. This recognition means so much to me because it is a nod of approval to a platform in which so much of my youth-to-adulthood journey has been documented (hopefully for your entertainment and edification).

My blogging journey has been a long and often thankless one that I have been on for the last seven-and-a-half years. Every summer I post my anniversary post, glad for another year ‘still at it’ mainly because it means I have pushed through the discouraging times and kept going.

As I sit and type this, I wonder why I even bother to keep this blog? I don’t have thousands of readers, sponsorship deals and believe it or not, I don’t make any money from this blog or YouTube. So why do I do it?

I do it because it was preordained even before I was born that I would do this. That might sound a little pompous or at the very least crazy to think that God cares about my little blog, but He does!!

This platform is part of my obedience!

He told me so! He used different people, all over the world, over the last seven-and-a-half years to tell me that He cares about what I do and He is proud of me.

The latest was just a couple of weeks ago when someone told me he met someone who said my blog posts and videos helped her decide to study Journalism at university.

Something I created helped someone else decide what they want to study at university and essentially what to do with the rest of their lives. That’s crazy. And that’s all God, not me.

Every single time someone lets me know that something I’ve put out there has helped or encouraged them, I feel refreshed.

I do a lot. A lot. All while working full time and trying to live life as a normal young twenty-something year old (sidenote: I have always wondered why people say twenty-something instead of just putting their age lol).

I’ll let you in on a little secret – I often pray for a normal, boring life. Now, hear me out on this one.

I don’t always want to do this – put my life and business out there for the whole world, just in the hope that something I’m going through and learning can help someone else.

I just want to live quietly, privately and comfortably. Make enough money to meet all my needs, have a thriving career, get married, have kids and grow old gracefully and happily. I want things to be neat, orderly and easy to manage. I want things to fall in organised boxes that I can tick or cross where applicable.

But sadly, life is never like that – or a least my life isn’t.

Over the years, God has let me know that He has no intentions of letting that be my life. If my life was that controllable I would have absolutely no reason or need to trust in God.

I don’t always want to do this – put my life and business out there for the whole world, just in the hope that something I’m going through and learning can help someone else. Sometimes I want to be selfish and keep the lessons I am learning quietly to myself. But again, I don’t think God has any intentions of letting me live like that.

From my very conception – actually, before my parents even met, got married and thought of having me (The Bible says, before I was even formed in my mother’s womb, God knew me! Jeremiah 1:5) – God had this crazy intricate plan for me and my life. I don’t fully understand it, and I sometimes struggle with accepting that He trusted me with His vision, but this is me saying, I AM SO DOWN FOR THE RIDE.

One day I will write a book and maybe I will then share about my childhood, my family and some of the other aspects of my life that I have kept private. Then you’ll get to see and experience some of the glimpses of God’s hand at work in my life.

Everything around me screams of a carefully crafted plan that gives me hope for a good future. One where even the bad situations are being turned around for a good purpose.

All of this is to say, I am grateful for this platform which has watched me grow from a confused, naive teenager to a driven, purpose-filled woman. And I don’t do this necessarily for anyone to notice me or pat me on the back (although it is lovely when people do, especially people doing this too!) because I believe that this platform is part of my obedience.

Official pictures will be added here as soon as I receive them – for now, check out my instagram!

Peace&Love.

Paula Melissa xx

Paula Melissa is a digital content creator, portrait photographer and freelance journalist. Since starting a blog in 2012 and graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Journalism Studies with Employment Experience degree in 2019, Paula has gone on to create and grow her own dynamic digital media empire. She loves reading, eating and spending time with her dog, Rolfie.
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