Right, I think it's taken approximately 6 months for me to stop talking about starting a blog and actually start one. It's amazing how daunting something so tiny can be. There's always that niggly thought in the back of my mind - "do people actually give a shit about what I have to say?", and I'm still unsure if anyone will, but that's OK, I'll say it anyway.
I may as well start by introducing myself. My name is Matilda Rice, and I'm probably most well known for finding love on the first season of The Bachelor NZ last year. I have to admit, it was one of the best things I ever did. Pretty normal way of finding a boyfriend I think - he picked me out of 24 girls over a period of 2 months with cocktail parties every 3 days. That's how most people get together right? That was 18 months ago, and since then, life has been a bit of a whirlwind. I was completely thrown in the deep end in terms of dealing with the media, and the first few months post-Bachelor were actually pretty tough. Art and I were trying to get to know each other and start a relationship which is hard enough without the pressure of an entire nation on your back plus the media speculating on whether you are suited for each other or not (which you would think would be for us to judge, but I quickly learnt that a lot of people think they know better). I'm dwelling on the negatives here, but there have been such incredible positives to come out of an unusual situation... I found everything I ever wanted in a partner, and am now happier than I've ever been, with Art by my side making me laugh every day. Being on a show like The Bachelor has also given me so many opportunities that I would have never dreamed of before! I'm now in a position where I can use my time and profile to help other people, i.e. spending time doing work with charities. I know it sounds so wanky, but I reckon everything happens for a reason and sometimes it takes something to come in and totally flip your world upside down to force you to take a look at your life from a different angle, and decide who/where you want to be.
I got a bit intense there, sorry. I promise my whole blog won't be like that. When I was thinking about how I would go about setting up this blog, I got a lot of advice from friends of mine that are in to blogging, and they all asked me "what's your niche? Focus on your niche" like what the fuck is a niche? Does everyone have one, or is it just me that doesn't?? I like a lot of stuff - food (mince based mainly) but I'm no chef, fitness but I'm no Kayla Itsines, adventure travel but I'm no Jay and Alexa, fashion but I'm no Gigi Hadid. So what do I focus on? Can I focus on everything, or is that frowned upon in the blogging world? I guess we will find out!
Thanks for popping in, I'll put the kettle on x