A Drunken Beginning
After many hours of researching how to write the perfect introductory post for this website, I have concluded that perfection is relative, and I will settle for a good enough first post.
So hi! I'm Elizabeth, better known as Todo. I like strawberry-flavoured cocktails, cute bunnies and oversharing on the internet. I have spent the past two years sharing my (not always well-edited) Notes App poetry on Instagram as Tipsy Love Letters.
And much to my surprise, some people have enjoyed it!
I created Tipsy Love Letters on a drunken whim in hopes a half-ass New Years' resolution would be enough to escape from reality, even if only for a moment.
After losing my grandfather a year before to lymphoma, I was engulfed in grief and didn’t know how to cope. My world had shattered down around me, it felt as if everyone I cared for was slipping away.
I was watching everything I had spent years working towards disappear right in front of me, and I didn’t care because I didn’t want any of it anymore. Frankly, I didn’t know what I wanted at all. For the first time in my life, I felt unrecognizable and alone.
This unknown became paralyzing and the stagnancy of it all began to take over every aspect of my life. It was as if my life was playing in slow motion as everything around me spun uncontrollably. I desperately needed a distraction.
Thus the birth of
Tipsy Love Letters
Navigating through grief and trying to discover who I am was a daunting challenge for me. It still is at times. Writing gave me a safe space to sit with my feelings and process my emotions outside of therapy. I began connecting with readers in different cities and countries, finding comfort in shared experiences.
Tipsy Love Letters has been a core part of my healing journey and it's opened doors I never knew were mine to walk through. This experience has been incredible and I'm excited to branch out.
So why a blog?
As much as the Instagram community has welcomed me and my words with open arms, the platform can at times feel restricting. I plan to continue writing and sharing on Instagram, but often I feel a sense of disconnect when I share my poetry through the app.
A simple "post" button can feel like a farewell to a piece of me. It's been bittersweet watching my words slip away and take a life on their own.
My goal for this blog is to create a space for myself where I do not feel limited to the content I share. Authenticity is a core value of mine and I hope this extension of Tipsy Love Letters will serve as a portfolio of myself, where I can give insight and connect on a more vulnerable level with readers interested in reading more about what I write and who I am.
p.s. Here's a cute photo of my bunny!