Sometime last year, I stumbled upon one of those inspirational quotes on Instagram.  It read something along the lines of, “A year from now you’ll be glad you started today.” It got me thinking: why am I waiting and sitting on my truest desires? Let me just DO IT!

And here I am, one year later, celebrating the first anniversary of launching my blog! *cue fireworks*

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This past year has been one of so much self reflection, growth, change, and uncertainty.  I am proud of myself for listening to the fire in my belly, for following my gut, and for making changes in my life that put me first. If you’ve been following my journey for awhile, you’ll know that when I started this blog, I was living in Brooklyn, New York, teaching middle school English, and living a very different lifestyle.

Today, I am back in Orange County, California, not teaching, and currently in a transitional period of my life.  The truth is, I’m figuring out what I want to do next in my life, and taking time to spiritually, mentally, and physically re-energize myself.  I’m quite honestly working on myself right now–healing my eczema (and all the other mental and physical challenges that comes with), working on my creative pursuits, and enjoying the present moment.  It’s such a blessing to be back in California and to be with my family, and I’m grateful for this time in my life.

With my first year of blogging under my belt, I wanted to share with you three things I’ve learned through my blogging journey and hopefully inspire anyone out there to take the risk, go out on a leap of faith, and do whatever “it” is that has been in your heart.

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Lesson #1: Care less about how others perceive you, and do what makes you happy.

This year has been a wild ride, to say the least, and I’m so incredibly thankful that I have this blog–this space– to claim as my own.  Part of the reason why I started blogging was because I wanted a way to capture all of the thoughts and ideas that were swirling around in my head in a place where I could unapologetically share my stories.  I remember starting this journey and being so caught up in the whole “What will people think of me?” thing. I mean, we all go through these internal thoughts, but the more I pursued writing, creating and styling outfits, and taking photos, the more I truly uncovered a genuine passion. I started this blog as a creative outlet, as a space for me to do something for me outside my demanding job, and it’s truly been such a cool journey of discovery for me.  I create content because I enjoy it.  And that answer is enough for me and should be enough for you.  Do you enjoy what you’re doing? Amazing. Keep going, boo. You don’t need to justify it to others or worry about what others will think about you.

Lesson #2: Be your authentic self.

On a platform and world that makes it all too easy to compare yourself to others, the biggest take-away I have is that your blog/social media platform is yours, not anyone else’s, so don’t be afraid to post what YOU want –not for the likes, not for the IG validation.  There’s this pressure we all face as bloggers to see what other influencers are doing and try to mimic what you see in order to get the engagement or large followings.  But if your content is not truly you, I believe people will see that. As a baby blogger and micro-influencer, I genuinely believe that there is space for all of the unique voices we possess and that we shouldn’t be afraid to create content that is unique to you. I haven’t been immune to the struggle and have also fallen victim to the comparison game.  But every time I catch myself going down that path, I remember why I started and go back to my own personal mission: I want to use this space as a way to share my love for clothes and inspire you to #lookgood and #feelgood in the skin you’re in! It’s a journey for me too–to accept my body and love myself exactly as I am. And crazy enough, this blogging journey has actually helped strengthen my confidence and has encouraged me to embrace my talents and gifts in a new way.

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Lesson #3: Your vibe attracts your tribe.

I mean, ain’t that the truth IRL and on IG?! The energy and vibe you put on the gram truly attracts those same type of folks. I’ve learned that the messages you send through your photos,  your captions, and the information you share truly brings in the crowd that matches your energy.  I’ll admit that at first I was constantly disheartened by the amount of people that would follow just to unfollow me.  It made me question my purpose and what I was doing…until I shifted my perspective.  I put positive energy into my page, uplift others, and share things that are on my heart.  If people don’t want to follow that, then that means our energy and vibes don’t match and that’s okay.  In fact, I’m glad you exited my page because just like in real life, I really don’t need negative energy. So instead of getting caught up in who’s following you–continue putting in the positive energy, genuine content, and the rest will follow.  Shifting my perspective has given me the ability to walk in confidence and know that those who follow me are those that I want in my corner!

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Those are three big lessons I’ve learned about my overall experience blogging, but of course, there are so many other lessons whether it be on the technical side of blogging or IG related. (Let me know if you want more posts related to the technical side!) I wanted to share these insights because these ones help me keep grounded in my long-term vision and goals and help me stay motivated when I feel stagnant with my growth! Now it’s your turn: share with me one lesson you’ve learned from blogging or let me know if you resonate with any of these!

And I want to end this post with a huge thank you. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and for reading, sweet friends.  I am so incredibly grateful for my family and friends who continue to support me, who have encouraged me, and believed in me. I am thankful for the community of people I have connected with through blogging and am so thankful for the opportunities that have arisen through this creative passion project. Thank you for following along and thank you for supporting me! Cheers to more adventures!

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