Tag: love

July 24, 2018 Jess Van Zeil 5 comments

I wrote this blog just after I lost my eye in October 2015, a time when I was learning to love myself and the way I looked again. I decided not to release this originally out of fear, I was scared that it was too direct, too emotionally charged and too controversial. I stumbled across this blog again recently after speaking at an event about parenting and I realised the importance of getting this message out there as I am no longer angry at the contents of this blog but empowered, I no longer care what other people think of…

January 11, 2018 Jess Van Zeil 1 comment

My Granny’s favourite story about me was the time I was running and dancing around her garden with a piece of sheer, lacy curtain in tow. Granny asked this little four-year-old if I was a bird, my response just rolled off my tongue “I’m princess-ish fairy-ish, rather Snow White-ish Tinkerbell-ish.” Then I ran off and continued to dance through the garden happily and by myself. I love this story, it reminds me that I have always been very independent and happy person who dances to the beat of her own drum! Over the years my identity as a strong and…

July 26, 2017 Jess Van Zeil No comments exist

One thing I’ve started to realise is that I am a bit of a control freak. I like to control the way things happen, the way I feel and look if I could, I would even control the weather! BUT I also know that I feel incredibly uncomfortable when I can’t control my circumstances or the way people see me. It’s probably the reason I love social media so much, I can be vulnerable and share my story but I’m also in control of what people know and see. While I’ve been bossy since I could talk and I’ve always…