Estée’s Story: From struggle to triumph
Life is a mysterious but exciting adventure, and we need to see it through rose-colored glasses. Believe me, it took a lot of hardships to get me to shift my mindset and appreciate being alive. My story may not be the most adventurous one, but it’s one full of courage and reinvention.
I was 22 years old when my life completely changed. I was starting my master’s degree in Project Management when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The following months were unpredictable and scary. I didn’t know what to do or what was going to happen to me. I was frightened and anxious.
For a long time, I was going from doctor to doctor, trying different treatments, diets, and supplements but my health was getting worse and worse. I started having problems with my kidneys and liver from the medication. I was suffering from inflammation and other issues. But what scared me the most was my mental state. I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. And that was a demon I wasn’t strong enough to battle.
I was disappointed in myself for not getting better. I was working so hard in school, and I felt exhausted. After 2 ½ years, I finally graduated. When it was time for me to find a career, I knew I never wanted to work a corporate job because I didn’t want to feel drained and stressed out. It wasn’t my dream, so I didn’t want to settle for something I wasn’t passionate about. But then my disease got worse. I couldn’t get out of bed for weeks. My body was in pain, I was always exhausted and was battling my depression and anxiety. I needed to find a job that was flexible and not too stressful.
During 2016, after having a breakdown and almost giving up on myself, I found some old journals and remembered that while I was still in university, I wanted to write and work as a magazine editor. I wanted a creative career where I could express myself and my talents in writing and design. Somehow, I had stored this dream in the bottom of my mind. But I decided that it was time for me to follow my heart and intuition.
In 2017 I started my most significant dream project: my blog www.esteeizaola.com. I worked hard for months creating the design and brand identity. On November 1st I wrote my first post. My site went officially live on December. Now I’ve been blogging for eight months, and I couldn’t be happier and prouder of myself. I have a fantastic career that I love, I’ve met incredible people, and I get to do something I feel passionate about.
My advice to you guys is that life can unexpectedly change. There are things we have no control over. But sometimes hard things happen so we can listen to the universe and let it guide us in the right direction.
As a twenty-something, society more often than not will try to tell you that you have to follow an expected path to success and that you have to figure things out fast or you’ll stay behind and never catch up. But I’m here to tell you that you are allowed to take time to figure things out. Your life should be decided by you, no one else. Don’t settle or conform for anything less than ultimate happiness.
You might be struggling now but trust your intuition and let it guide you. Life, no matter how hard, can turn into a beautiful and beautiful experience that will allow you to grow and reach your dreams.
“At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.”
― Alan Alda
Hello! I’m a twenty-six years old Portuguese lifestyle blogger, designer, and entrepreneur. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Project Management. Since a very young age, I wanted to pursue a creative career, but I was confused, scared, and didn’t know how to do it.
In December 2017 I followed my heart and intuition and launched my blog esteeizaola.com, where I talk about different topics in lifestyle, health, culture, inspiration and share my life and ideas hoping they will inspire people to embrace creativity and individuality in everyday life.
I feel passionate about helping other people and being kind to everyone. I truly believe every person can be creative and live a fulfilled and exciting life. All that's needed is an open mind & heart to see the world in more than one way.
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