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If I ask you to choose a symbol for your life, what would it be? What would you compare your life with?

Since I can remember I’ve compared my life to that of a butterfly… or actually (for the biggest part of my life) to the caterpillar stage of the butterfly’s life cycle… That stage where the caterpillar spends most of its time alone and cocooned away, not knowing what the future holds and only focusing on the negative characteristics. You see, in my mind those characteristics defined me as a person.

When I starting playing with the idea of writing a blog I caught myself making up excuses why this was a bad idea and that “no one could possibly want to read what I have to say…”

I am just an ordinary woman in my mid-thirties, living an ordinary life, with dreams and fears I believe a lot of other women in my position have. So why would I start a blog, not really focusing on any specific “niche” as everyone out there suggest you do? Well, without any unrealistic expectations, I am writing this blog almost as a memoir for myself, to remind me of God’s amazing grace, goodness and provision and maybe… just maybe, in the process of doing this, someone somewhere might read this and find a little glimpse of hope and inspiration to live their life closer to the path that they were destined to walk.

The Butterfly Diaries wishes to share stories of life, love, hope and possibilities not only through the writings of Pauli Nigrini, but also its amazing contributors (watch this space!)

Read “The Caterpillar Perspective” for more background on Pauli.