This time, last year, Marina Mirga felt that life had become little more than an exhausting and exhausting treadmill of the soul.
A successful career as a personal assistant in the financial world meant that she enjoyed luxury weekends and designer clothes, but high-pressure work, with her 12 hours a day, had taken its toll. "I used to get mad quickly," he says.
"I did not notice how beautiful the world is, I was always in a hurry, I wanted to do things yesterday and put myself first."
Today one's single mother can not be more different. Just a few months ago, Marina abandoned her lucrative career and now intends to become an emotional healer, with a life more focused on her two-year-old son.
Marina, 38, will not be the first nor the last to review her life in a dramatic way.
What is more unexpected is what motivated her to make the change: Marina, who seems perfectly sensible and rational, firmly believes that she is a fairy.
Marina Mirga (pictured), 38, of London, gave up her lucrative career as a personal assistant in the financial world to become an emotional healer after a meeting in Glastonbury that woke her inner fairy.
The seismic change occurred this year after he enrolled in a residential yoga course in Glastonbury. "I was there to practice yoga but also to give me energy," he explains. "I live in London, which is a male bustle environment, I wanted to feel more feminine."
It was while she was in Glastonbury, a town popular with those interested in alternative lifestyles, that Marina says she first felt the full force of the fairies' energy. & # 39; My eyes were attracted by the image of a fairy. I know it sounds crazy, but the only way to explain it is that I have an internal sound, "he says.
& # 39; A magical kindness flowed through me. I realized that I was here on this planet to help others. I could see the world suddenly with new eyes. I left feeling reborn. My whole body shone with energy and positivity.
Shortly after, a friend took a curious picture of her, showing a fairy fluttering on the back of her shirt. The size of a thumb, the fairy seems to have vaporous wings and a translucent body, pierced by a dazzling light.
"It was extraordinary," says Marina. & # 39; There is no cheating. I would not bother getting to such extremes. I see it as proof that my inner fairy has been awakened.
She adds: "I suspect that my energy fairy has always been inside me. My home environment would not have accepted me as a child who lives like a fairy. I did not even know that the tooth fairy existed.
Of course, most children grow out of the tooth fairy at the same time they stop believing in Santa, but Marina is one of the many educated and successful women who subscribe to a world in which fairies are real and humans can experience the magic of fairies.
Although the use of wings seems to be optional, what these women share is the determination to put others before themselves, an unconditional love of nature and a "sparkling" or "bubbling" energy when they use their magical powers.
Marina (pictured next to her son) states that working in a corporate environment would be incompatible with her new fairy life that spreads and receives love. A friend was able to capture a bright fairy on the back of her shirt shortly after their meeting in Glastonbury
"That's why the corporate environment in which I used to work is incompatible with my new life," says Marina. "Being a fairy is about spreading and receiving love, this year has totally changed me, people realized that I am a more kind and nice person to be with.
"Before, I got angry on the phone with customer services, and now I realize that the way to live a better life is to be kind, fairies are not angry and cruel, they show compassion for everyone.
"When we're little, we believe in fairies." For some reason, we stop before reaching puberty. But I am convinced that this magic is within everyone. "
It is easy to dismiss belief in fairies simply by filling a void in the lives of these women. Surely it is nothing but harmless escapism and a way to reconnect with the natural world. However, women like Marina are inflexible: the fairies and the energy of the fairies are real.
Karen Kay, a 54-year-old mother of two, insists, "While many will dismiss the idea as strange, I know I have fairy genes and I'm proud of them." It means I spit out fairy energy and can see my fairy companions all time ".
Karen was in her grandmother's garden, at the age of five, when she first saw bright little lights dancing among the flower beds and hedges.
Karen Kay (pictured), 54, of Cornwall, was five years old when she met the fairies. Now she sees herself as a fairy whose purpose is to take care of others and nature
"At that time I had no idea that not everyone could see these little points of light, the first time I saw them I knew they were fairies, I did not question their existence, they were as real as flowers and trees. insurance.
"I started to see them more regularly in all kinds of places, I'm so familiar with them that I can communicate telepathically with them, they'll say if the phone will ring or guide me if I need to travel somewhere, it always seemed normal to me."
Karen, from Penzance in Cornwall, believes that her purpose is to help others and care for nature, while helping others to recognize and embrace their inner fairy.
With the definition of fairy as "an imaginary miniature winged creature in human form that possesses magical powers," it is not surprising that many are skeptical of the claims of real-life fairies.
But Karen says: "It's only in the Victorian era that fairies were represented with wings." Thin chiffon wings are simply a representation of a fairy's energy.
"While they are traditionally depicted as tiny beings, they can also be tall." The archetypal fairy that many recognize today came from the Irish tales of "little characters," but it's more than that. "She adds:" I'm a vocalist about myself. belief that I am a fairy, but many fairies keep it to themselves, feel isolated and ashamed, that is why I have thousands of other fairies come into contact with me.
Kristine Ivan (pictured), 37, of Wimbledon, was doing an online course on magical energy when she had the revelation that her true self is like a fairy. He separated from his three-year-old partner when his misery went against his fairy experiences
"Men are the most timid about their fairy magic, but they exist absolutely and should not deny it."
But what do your children, a 29-year-old driver and a 27-year-old personal trainer, do of their belief? "They accept that it's part of Mom and that maybe I'm deliciously crazy," says Karen, who separated from her father 20 years ago.
"I used to work on local radio, but I stayed a decade ago to dedicate myself to my full-time fairy lifestyle, I live in the country where I love working with my magic energy, my role as a fairy is to protect nature.
"Others focus on helping those less fortunate than themselves." That can involve caring for and taking care of people, nature, animals, even insects. "
Karen, an author, states that the phenomenon of fairies is growing rapidly. He organizes festivals for his supernatural colleagues in Cornwall, attended by thousands of people. She describes the events as "like being in a fairyland." Everyone disguises themselves and "we are one with nature". They dance and attend workshops, sharing their knowledge.
As for her daily life, Karen says: "Every time I invoke my fairy energy, it's a case of closing my eyes and asking for help." I can feel when my fairy energy is taking over me because I feel effervescent as if the electricity was beating through the body.
Marina (pictured) says being a fairy has helped her realize that the best way to live life is to be kind and show compassion for all
I do not use energy for selfish reasons. It is always for the good of others. If someone feels bad, divorces or is going through a life change ".
According to Karen, the fairies instantly recognize each other. They have a sparkling and sparkling aura and live peaceful lives.
They care about the environment, and pesticides and harmful chemicals are rarely used in your yard or for household chores. They also eat organic foods. They also believe that those with fairy genes do not age in the same way as the rest of us, mere mortals, and exude a youthful aura.
"Fairies tend to look younger than their human age," says Karen. "In the land of fairies, time does not exist in the same way as in our world.
"It's hard for me to be objective about myself, but I've been told that I really do not see myself as my age."
Those who discover their inner fairy can experience a profound change of life, like Kristine Ivan, 37.
"Two years ago, I lived with my partner, I had an excellent job in retail store management and I enjoyed the typical thirty-something life in London," he says.
Karen (pictured) compares invoking her fairy energy with the feeling of having electricity pulsing through her body
But there was something missing. I would get grumpy quickly. My partner and I discussed a lot. I realized that if I did not change my point of view, I would still be living this miserable existence in 20 years. "
Kristine, from Wimbledon, was doing an online course on magical energy when "everything fit." "When I found the" light and feminine energy "that the fairies must exude, it awoke something inside and changed my life forever.
& # 39; Fairies exist absolutely. They are usually found in forested areas, although not exclusively. I feel them and I see them as small patches of light.
"Connecting with his energy has made me recognize that this is what I really am.
"It was as if a movie had been changed and I was really alive, I had no sense of shame when I realized that I could choose to live my life like a fairy too."
That said, she did not tell her then-three-year-old colleague: "I would have dismissed him as extravagant and stupid." But she decided to separate from him. & # 39; We were making ourselves miserable. It was against everything I was experiencing as a fairy.
"I wanted to make people happy and I could not do that with him."
Kristine (pictured) revealed that since she became a fairy she changed going to the bar with friends to relax sitting in the park or in the woods and feel the energy of the fairies vibrating around her.
She adds: "I started to rethink my opinions about people and I see only the good in them, I learned to enjoy life every day." Instead of seeing the rain as a nuisance, I appreciated how good it would be for the garden, for example .
"Before, I went out to a bar with friends to relax, now I feel in the park or in the forest and I feel the energy of the fairies vibrate around me."
Kristine also changed her approach to work as a retail store manager. His colleagues were stunned by the transformation of his personality. "He was prone to bad mood," he admits.
& # 39; Then I focused on the fairy principle of helping people. I found it really important to live my life in this way.
& # 39; Every day I started to make someone happy. If I noticed someone sad on the train, I would smile and congratulate them on their appearance. Some of my friends were not happy. They warned that he would run the risk of being taken advantage of. But this is part of me and it makes me happy to help other people to be happier.
"If people are happier, they are more inclined to appreciate where they live: flowers, trees, even weeds." That's what it's about being a fairy and using fairy magic.
"Family and friends made jokes at the beginning, but now they also ask me to help them bring nice things to their lives, others want to be close to me so that the magic gets infected."
In fact, Kristine, who is now single, recently resigned from her job and is seeking a position in the care sector so she can continue using her fairy-centered lifestyle choices to help people.
Really or not, it's hard to deny that the strange amount of fairy dust is welcome in an increasingly tired world.