Who knew the about me section of my own blog could be so painful to read and update.
I’m an Aussie who moved to Canada in 2019 where I met and fell hard for my love, Michael. We married last April and then in July he died. I found myself widowed at 35, in a foreign country in the middle of a global pandemic. It’s been… difficult.
This section of this site (formerly known as The Naked Envelope) used to say: This a place to keep all my stories, even if they aren’t particularly addressed to anyone (yet). These stories are the raw/naked me with no holding back… even when maybe I should.
Now? I’m split into two lives: Before and After.
Before Michael died I was working in the film industry in Canada, wanting to become a screenwriter. I had hopes and dreams and love and peace.
After Michael died I am a shredded heap, existing in a nightmare, without my love, in pieces. I found myself alone, grieving, traumatized and completely ill-equipped to deal with the loss of this magnitude. And the people around me weren’t equipped either – none of us are.
If you’ve found this site because you’re grieving too, I’m so sorry for your loss.
If you’ve found this site because you want to help your person who is grieving, thank you. They need you now more than ever, even if they aren’t returning your calls or texts.
If you’re one of my people – thank you for reading and sticking with me. I wouldn’t be here without you.
I originally started this blog in 2011 as a place to keep my ramblings. I gave it up a few years later and thought I wouldn’t need it again. Now I’m in desperate need of an outlet for my grief. I also know I’ve been searching for stories of people like me. Clutching at the few I find that I can relate to, shying away from many others. Grief is not normalized, and it should be. It’s inevitable for everyone.
So I feel compelled to share my grief with the hope it will help someone who feels similar, or educate those lucky people who haven’t had to experience it on the front lines.
I’ll be figuring this shit out as I go, but my basic aim will be to add another voice to #normalizegrief and reduce various stigma.
Nice site. Cute concept.
Thanks for the props 🙂
right up my alley!
Good to hear 🙂
Haha I’m following this blog now. I knew I liked your writing from reading several posts already but that last line was hilarious. I think I got here from Freshly Pressed… yes that must be it! I remember a time when search terms got me into trouble. I got a bunch of haters on a poem I wrote titled “Graffiti” which was about a desk that was marked up with decades of carvings and names but the little wannabe thugs on YouTube were confused, I don’t think they had ever heard a poem before… hmm maybe. Anyway, good luck on the blog, that is a catchy title I must say!
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy my writing 🙂
The fact that you’re from Sydney just made you go up a notch. Australia was on my “Bucket List”…Sydney and Ayers Rock to be specific. I’d always wanted to see the opera house. I was so excited, but when I got there it was overcast, gloomy. cold, and raining. But I didn’t care. I LOVED IT.
Anyhow, congrats on being Freshly Pressed…Awesome photo of you singing 😉
Oh I feel bad about the crap weather you had n Sydney!
I actually wrote about that exact thing in this post:
Thanks for your support – I hope you get to come back to Oz to some nice weather!
It could be hailing baseballs and I would still go 🙂 That was the best trip of my life. Sydney Awesome! Ayers Rock Spiritually Awesome! And Cairns … Oh! this is what happened in Cairns
Definitely going back 😉
Very interesting! Lovely name, by the way 🙂
Thank you, I’m glad you like it 🙂
i wanna hear more of your wonderful and funny stories. Congratulations on being FB and good luck on belting those notes. 😉
Thank you! Hopefully you enjoy my future posts – I shall try to please 😉
I have nominated you for this Sunshine Award because you bring a smile to my face and others. You can read about what you need to do here: http://danlrene.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/the-sunshine-award/ and get a copy of the Sunshine Award picture to place on your blog.
Wow thank you! I’ll check it out 🙂
Love your style- hilarious! I might just try the solo Friday night movie one of these days 🙂 Thanks for posting!
Hi Miranda! I found your blog via the Freshly-pressed tab (along with a ton of other people, it seems), and I really enjoyed that Friday night movie post. Anyway, keep up the writing, and I’ll keep reading!
Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words 🙂
You seem to be amusing, entertaining and interesting. I’ll try to follow your blog from time to time. Keep up the good work.
Heads up on a typo: “The Naked Envelope is a place to keep all my storises, even if..”; storises = stories.
Oh thank you – I’ll fix that. Much appreciated!
I Heart You.
BTW…I love your city. It’s where my husband and I went for our honeymoon. Favorite memories: La Boheme at the Sydney Opera House, lunch at Doyle’s on the most amazing spring day (with more sailboats on the harbor than we could count), a road trip to the wine country, then on to Surfer’s Paradise, then on to Brisbane (where we met some crazy Aussie’s at our hotel bar who I taught to two-step [we’re from Texas] and who got us totally bombed on sambuca shots). It was an awesome trip in a fabulous country with really stellar people. Would love to go back. You’re lucky…you get to live there!
nice one…and you made me laugh, imagining those who fall here who might be searching “naked”…hahaha…
hahahhahahah is that you singing?? hahahaah You’re as funny as your texts, apparently 🙂 I’ll follow this blog as well, you have a captivating style 🙂
PS – I didn’t come here searching for nakedness 😛
Yes that is me embarrassing myself at my best friends wedding… Good times! 😉
Thanks for following!
Karaoke?! Cool! Love the pic of you singing btw!!
Thank you so much for the laugh today! I came across your blog by accident and it made my day. I laughed out loud about the going to movies alone, and not having to share the popcorn. Thanks, I will follow along for more smiles and laughs.
Yay Australian! Haven’t read an Australian’s blog in a while 🙂 I love karaoke too, not saying that I’m good at it haha…
Glad I followed the link on freshly pressed 🙂
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Just letting you know that I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 For more details: http://freepagenumbers.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/spreading-the-blogger-love/
Wow thank you! That is so nice. I will check it out 🙂
Morning! You have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Check out my blog for rules if you wish to accept! Happy Blogging!
Hi! I nominated you for The Kreative Blogger Award. You can check it out here: http://allthoselittlethingsilike.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-kreative-blogger-award/
Really love your blog!
Thanks Anlena! Very chuffed and I’ll definitely check it out 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog award! Head on over here for the details 🙂
I would just like to let you know that I have nominated you for the http://serendipitousscavenger.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/beautiful-blogger-award-3/
I know you have plenty of these already by the looks of it, but I just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award! http://nausheenfarishta.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/procrastination-strikes-again/
Hi Miranda, nice blog. We’re looking for volunteer writers for our love and relationship magazine, are you interested?
Let me know. 🙂
Hi! I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I’ve included a link to your site on my blog. You can accept and view the details at chanceofsun.wordpress.com.
Thanks chick! I just checked it out… really appreciate the mention 🙂 Cheers, Miranda
You’re very welcome!
Great to meet you Miranda! Your blog is loads of fun, glad I found ya 🙂
Thanks dude right back at ya! Looking forward to reading more of your blog 🙂
haha! your p.s. made me laugh! indeed the “naked” thing made me dropped here!—but find your blog more interesting than the “naked” thing…
So funny! I nominted you for a liebster award – http://kstegall84.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-liebster-award/
keep it up!!
Hey there! Just wanted to drop by and say that I nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award. Check it out: http://belicovaa.wordpress.com/