Miriam Fairhead

Welcome to my lifestyle blog about life, faith and everything in between! I'm Miriam Fairhead (née Ratu) and I share content I believe in through this Beyond the Pacific space.

I’m not here to self-promote or seek attention, I’m just a gal with a keyboard who loves to write creatively. Now & then, I share tips on how I process different areas of my life but it’s not to give unsolicited advice; it’s really a take-it or leave-it scenario.

2015-2020: In the beginning…

Nine years ago in 2015, I started this side-hustle during the time when bloggers from around the world were coming out of the woodwork. It was a fun time connecting with like-minded people online and sharing content with each other. Additionally, I discovered that blogging as a creative outlet also helped to relieve the stress of exams and assignments after returning to uni as a mature-aged student.

As followers increased on social media, blogs morphed into vlogs and a few of my personal poems were shared. I then launched a podcast that celebrated the achievements of Pacific Islander movers and shakers; the first of its kind.

After graduating from uni in 2018, I found myself not needing to blog so much. Plus, that exhausting COVID-19 era quashed any ounce of creativity left in me so everything stalled.

However, looking back to 2020, it appears that there were some silver linings of the pandemic – like kick-starting a good career, dreaming bigger dreams and growing stronger in my faith.

2021-2022: A time of self-discovery…

I don’t know about you but for me as an ambivert (outgoing/social introvert), being confined to the four walls of my home every now and then when lockdowns were ordered brought out opportunities for me to pause, reflect and reassess the direction of my life.

A lot of things have changed from when I started this blog back in 2015. The solid foundation of faith, hope and love, have replaced the bygone days of being self-centred, partying regularly and living recklessly. The former me with selfish ambitions had died and I became alive in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.

I replaced partying on a Saturday with attending church on a Sunday. Doing life through the living Word of God in the Bible became the norm; positive thinking books to get me through day were of the past. I now cringe hearing certain secular music that I use to enjoy; these days I find solace in listening to worship and praise songs.

2023: I’m back!

I’m back to greener pastures and loving life with my hubby, our daughter and our two fluffy Ragdoll cats called Cleo and Patra. Back to deeper relationships with real friends and family members. Back at uni for post-grad studies. Back to loving life on a purpose-driven level. And finally, back to my love of creative writing and blogging.

2024: Authentically me

I’m excited to share this new journey with you, hindsight is definitely a wonderful thing.

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 NIV.

Miri 🙂 xx