Grace: ‘I Turned My Pain Into My Passion’
Vlogger Grace Victory, 26, overcame her struggles when she set up her blog. She catapulted to success and is about to release her first book No Filter
‘Growing up, i longed to be accepted in every aspect – including the way i looked. i was desperate to conform and fit in with everyone else. Striving to achieve that (followed by constantly failing) led to years of self-loathing. eventually, i hit an all-time low and resigned myself to thinking that i was better off dead. it’s a part of my life that now feels like one huge blur, but eventually the dominating thought was that i didn’t want to feel like i wasn’t good enough anymore.
‘Starting my blog was one of the best decisions i’ve ever made and along with good friends and therapy, i turned my pain into my passion. i remember watching other vloggers on youtube and although i loved their content, they weren’t anything like me and i really wanted to represent myself.
‘What i’ve achieved hasn’t changed me at all, and i know what i’m yet to achieve won’t change me either. i’m extremely humble and appreciative because i do know what it feels like to have no one – but my difficult childhood and even more difficult life experiences made me more determined to never give up.
‘Healing has been a long process, but i think my biggest turning point was in January this year when i truly recognised i wasn’t buying into the diet culture. every year, for as long as i can remember, i’ve tried to lose weight and get a “bikini body” and 2017 was the first year i didn’t do that. your size doesn’t equate to your worth and the beach will get whatever damn body i give it!
‘What would i tell my younger self? you were good enough, you are good enough and you always will be good enough.’