I genuinely believe that the blogging community is like a little family. Everyone is so incredibly supportive and wants to see others succeed. It is without a doubt one of my favourite aspects of blogging, and something I wouldn’t trade for the world. With this in mind, I want to be completely honest and open, as I have seen many bloggers I love do. I’m going to share the meaning behind Bella Inizio.
I’ve said before in some of my first ever posts (that have probably been archived as they’re utterly horrendous) that my name isn’t Bella Inizio. I actively chose this name when I created my blog. Bella Inizio is Italian for ‘beautiful beginning’. And that’s exactly what I wanted this new and exciting chapter to be, beautiful. Why the beginning you may ask? Well, I don’t want to go into too much detail in this post, but I was harassed and stalked for the best part of 2 years by a work colleague.
This person was charged and released on bail, on the condition that I was not to be contacted in anyway, shape or form. However, I had created my first original blog, which was sadly found. An alias was created to contact me through my blog, reading my posts and commenting on anything I would write. As a result, I had to permanently delete my beloved blog and I was utterly heart broken.
Happily it wasn’t all in vain, after 2 years, 2 court appearances and 2 times on the stand, criminal charges and a restraining order were put into place. I was finally free. Free to live my life without looking over my shoulder, free to do and say anything I felt like. I have never felt anything like it.
And the best part of a year later, here we are. My blog has grown more than I could have ever dreamed of. And I’m so grateful to every single person who has ever read one of my posts. Bella Inizio has given me more confidence, more opportunities and a sense of purpose that I had only scratched the surface at before. Bella Inizio is a part of my identity now, and I will always write as Bella but thanks to this beautiful beginning and the love and support you have shown me I am finally free to tell you my name, Jade.