Hi, my name is Darren, and I am 43 years old. I live in the south of England in a little seaside town that is mostly full of people ready to retire and was once used by the British tennis player, Andy Murray, as a way of self-deprecating himself. I have two beautiful daughters from a previous marriage. Along with my lovely partner, they make everything right in my life no matter what.
Starting a blog is something I have wanted to do for a little while now but never really knew what it would be about. Maybe this is finally it.
The Beard Journey
I have had stubble for most of my adult life, mainly through sheer laziness, but always shied away from letting it grow to a fuller beard. My lack of self-confidence and fear of peoples reactions held me back. Working in a corporate setting, most men were clean-shaven, and I was apprehensive about how it would affect my career.
But, Just over 3 years ago I thew caution to the wind and just left it for a bit, then a bit longer. Then longer still. Some might say the onset of a midlife crisis of sorts. Maybe, but I was going through a rough patch and fancied a change.
You’re never too old to find new passions
Now my beard is pretty well-formed, and it has, without wishing to sound overly dramatic, changed my life. I will go into more of that in a future blog, I’m sure.
However, the point is that it opened up a world to me that I never knew existed—the world of beard maintenance. In turn widened still to male grooming products more broadly. Something I have found a passion for, and I want to share it with you.
Where will this blog go?
I am still finding my feet and working through precisely what I will write about. But one thing I can say is it will be focused on how I can pass on some tips, and views on the knowledge I have picked up along the way. When I stepped into this world, I had no idea. I wish to help where I can.
If one person reads one of my posts and finds it useful, informative, or just humorous enough to give them a giggle for a minute or to (even at my expense), then this will have been worth it.