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The year was 1996, and being as stubborn as I am (and always fashionably late, because I like making an entrance) I was already way overdue, as my mom had been in labour for almost 12 hours. Having nearly escaped death, I came into the big wide world on the 8th of August.
So. What’s in a name you ask? Well, originally my grandmother had asked that I be named Michaela as she seemed to grow very fond of it. Unfortunately the circumstances surrounding that name at the time were just not something my parents wanted to associate me with. So my parents decided that two names were better than one. So Deon and Jo-Anne came together to form Deeanne. The rest is pretty much history. Okay, maybe not so much.
I have stared death in the face not only once, but twice. When I was younger, I started suffering terrible symptoms and my mother’s instincts quickly kicked in, and I was rushed to hospital at the speed of light. I was then diagnosed with meningitis and so began my stay in hospital. Had it not been for my mom’s quick instincts, the doctors said I could have been blind, deaf or even worse.
I’m a fighter, you see. So don’t worry. I’m okay. My childhood was great. I loved primary school so much so that I became friends with everyone. The type of school I was fortunate enough to attend was one that had taught me so much and I enjoyed going to school. Having won numerous awards (no, really every year of primary school from grade one to seven I was invited to an award ceremony) I quickly worked my way up the academic ladder and eventually in my final year (grade 7) I was made head girl, was part of the prefect council and at one point was also a librarian. Little did I know that when I was in grade 1, I would find my passion. One day, while sitting in the doctor’s office, my dad told me the story about the boy who cried wolf. I was so fascinated by this story that I just had to tell my teacher. So what did I ask? I asked her if I could tell the class a story. My teacher was so impressed that she asked me to repeat the story to another grade one class and then a grade 3 class! That day I came home with 5 stars on my head and my parents were so shocked, they thought I had done something wrong!
High school was a difficult transition for me personally. Going from a school where you were friends with everyone to suddenly moving to a school with cliques was not easy for me. I did not like my school or any of the subjects they offered. However, I always excelled at creative writing and one day, my mom found one of my papers I wrote about how I missed being a kid (which I got 80% for, just by the way). She was so amazed by my writing skills that she told me it was definitely something I should look into.
Then came university. Having been rejected for my previous choices, I found out that there was still a course available that offered a waiting list. I was so desperate to get into UWC specifically that I did my very best to get in (that’s a post I want to write separately, so I’ll get into that another time). After being accepted 2 weeks into the semester, I fell in love with my university. I loved the friends I made and I really enjoyed writing (for anyone wondering, I’m a double major in English and Language and Communication Studies). Yet, I missed writing something I wasn’t forced to write and I wanted an outlet. So in 2015 I opened my laptop and started a blog.
And so began Thee Chic Critique. I think my first blog post was something about what I was loving at the moment (which included dark chocolate and Teen Wolf) and I built a community. People started following me on social media and was genuinely interested in the content I was creating. Then the unexpected happened, and my blog started experiencing technical difficulties which wouldn’t allow me to write anymore.
That’s when I created a new blog, but I wanted a better name and something that was more personal. I noticed that on my previous blog, I would sign off all my blog posts with “Sincerely, Deeanne” and I loved how that sounded. Not only did my blog have a new name but it gave my new blog an identity. Something which resonated with over 200 bloggers. I now have over 3550 views in total and companies are willing to work with me on a regular basis.
Something I do want to say is that I never started my blog to work with companies and to get free things. I’ve always had a passion for telling stories. I enjoy writing so much so that sometimes I don’t even realize how long my posts are. Isn’t that what blogging is supposed to be about?
This year (2017) I have left the country for the first time, came out of a very toxic relationship and made the most amazing friends I could have ever asked for. I’m not sure what exactly the future holds for me. I’m in no rush to get there either. I’m currently focused on myself, my relationship with God and enjoying my university experience. I’d like to graduate Cum Laude from my university and work overseas for a while before going into journalism. At the same time I’d like to branch out and really take my blog and YouTube channel to the next level. I’ll be alright.
This is me, Deeanne. The girl behind the blog Sincerely, Deeanne.