My name’s Karen Elizabeth Eastland. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, I now live in Tasmania. I have a BA in Culture and Ancient History (2017), and an MLitt (2019). I carefully crafted my profile image for this page.
For a long time I hated myself, I was even made to hate my name, Eastland. Elizabeth is my middle name, and I disliked it probably more than my last. It’s taken me forty-five-years, plus, to embrace, even feel proud of, my name.
For a long time I allowed a distorted idea of myself, gifted to me by haters, to oppress, even control, me. I was named after Karen Carpenter by my dad, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd by his then wife, then dad topped it all off with a surname I now truly treasure, Eastland. The profile image I created, with the warped crown sliding off my head, is a visual reminder of what was, and to who I am now, as I embrace my true self moving into my future.
I am an innately creative being whose talents were quashed at every turn, until the past seventeen-years that is. During that time I came to love education, and through that process, found just how creative I was. I am dark, I push the envelope and funnel my past into the hideous beast who’d held me captive for so long, and make it pay through my stories.
This digital memoir however, is not about the darkness, the oppression, it’s about using those events to share with you how humorous I view them now.