About this time 2 years ago I decided to really take blogging seriously. I was working a job that I was feeling beat down and uninspired by. At my job, I spent all day looking at other peoples blogs and connecting with them and one day I just decided I wanted to create something to inspire and connect with others who have similar interests as myself. So I just started writing, it started with my favorite influencers, to my favorite makeup, to things I was wearing in the fall, I’ve learned how to edit photos and working on a timeline. These past 2 years have been so incredible and I feel so lucky to have learned so many things a traditional career could never teach.
I’ve always struggled with self-confidence, I can sometimes come off as an incredibly confident person but most of my teen years it was all an act. My father was in the military so we moved around a lot. As I got older making friends became a bit difficult because I didn’t feel like I really fit into the crowd at my high school. I also am incredibly hard on myself and my appearance, and I battle with feelings of doubt in the way I look. Blogging has really taught me to just own who I am. Don’t let other people’s opinions get me down and to own who I am. Every person in this world is unique and that’s what makes everyone special. The blogging community is so large and it’s so easy to compare your career path or opportunities to others and as I grow and learn I realized that comparing where I am with someone else isn’t healthy. Along with this blogging has also helped me be more comfortable with who I am in social situations. Taking photos outside in public spaces you tend to get some funny looks from passers-by, over the last couple years I have really learned to just own the goofy side of me.
I’ve also found that I don’t take anything for granted these days, even my free time. Blogging is seriously a full-time job, so when I can come home and finally relax I tend to jump online and start writing. I also don’t take any trip or time with friends for granted. I am so thankful for everything everyone in my life has done to shape who I am, inspire me with blog post ideas or even allow me to visit places I have only dreamed of. I am truly grateful for all the inspiring people that have found their way into my life. Your spirits are what keep me going and pursuing my dreams.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from blogging is to not give up on your passion. This is seriously a full-time job. To get where you want to be you need to work extra hours to network, create good content and just keep up with where the industry is going. If you’re passionate about it you make time for it, this goes for any passion. If you just push yourself eventually it will all pay off. Also, don’t allow other’s negativity get you down, if you really want something, go for it. Some people won’t understand that passion and that’s totally ok.
To elaborate on my last statement, if someone does tell you, you can’t do something or that it’s a waste of your time then you don’t need that person in your life plain and simple. You should surround yourself with people with positive attitudes striving for their own dreams. I am so thankful for the amazing people in my life who have helped me tremendously from taking the occasional blog photo to sharing their ideas for blog content I may write and post all my own stuff but I really do have a team behind on this amazing journey.
What are your favorite parts about being a blogger?