It’s a cliché, I know, yet also a truism: time flies when you’re having fun. And though life has thrown me some very big curveballs through the past twelve months, when it comes to my blogging journey, I certainly have been having fun!
One year ago this weekend I, on a spur of the moment whim (and slightly influenced by a bottle of red wine), started “Jupiter’s Lair”. I had no real idea of how “blogging” worked, and no confidence that anyone would bother visiting my little den of smut and iniquity, but lo and behold, such lovely, supportive people started following me and leaving wonderful words of feedback and encouragement. It made my heart swell and, over the course of the next twelve months, it opened up a new world of creativity, pleasure, and transformation.
I would go so far as to say that it has changed my world.
The creation of Jupiter’s Lair started a chain of events that led me into realising some of the dreams that I had when I was young, but that I had packed away in a box many years ago: dreams of writing, creating, and expressing myself; of building my confidence and feelings of self-worth; of embracing sex, kink, and my Sexual Self with self-assurance and a lot less shame; of feeling comfortable in my own body and learning to accept, and even love, my flaws and imperfections.
I now spend the bulk of my time working as a freelance narrator and audiobook producer – something I really enjoy and that makes me happy. Though it may not be as reliable as the old 9-to-5, full-time rat-race job in terms of regular guaranteed income, it makes me a hell of a lot happier in myself and allows me to work on diverse material, stretch a few of the amateur acting muscles that have been dormant since my undergraduate years, and manage my own time and workload.
My “real” life has changed dramatically since “Jupiter” poked her head out of my psyche and shouted, “Hey, what about me?! When are you going to let me speak for once?”
Jupiter is, and always has been, the brave, sassy, sensual and self-assured part of me and, for any number of reasons too detailed and difficult to discuss right now, I spent many years afraid of her and thus kept her chained and restrained (oh, but I bet she loved it really, the kinky bitch! 😋)
But a year ago this weekend, she got fed up hiding and busted her way out and, through her unleashing, I have met all of you- amazing, inspiring, talented, sexy, beautiful people, who have filled my year with joy, my world with new opportunities, and my head and heart with your wit and wisdom, your candour and kindness, and your sincerity and sensuality.
Thank you to all of you who follow me here at Jupiter’s Lair, whether you’ve been here all year, or just since this morning. I am truly honoured that you would spend a portion of your time in my company here, because I think you are all amazing folks, everyone of you, and I feel blessed and so very fortuitous that when the randy, mouthy and ballsy Jupi G came out to play, you invited her into the playground and made her, and by extension me, feel so welcomed.
Jupiter x 😘