I wanted to take a moment to thank you for 10,000 followers on Instagram! I’m so grateful for the experiences thus far and am thrilled to see what the future holds. Whether you have been with me since the start, or joined me recently, I am so thankful to share these special moments with you. In leu of this long-awaited accomplishment, I felt like sharing some of my thoughts and experiences up until this point.
Although I only recently hit the 10K mark on Instagram, I have been blogging for some time now, and have been so eager to reach this milestone! My journey first began as a sporadic hobby around 2010-2011. This was before Instagram was popular, Tumblr was poppin’, and I also had a Facebook Like Page. My Tumblr was full of re-posts, selfies, and personal mementos, while my Facebook was focused on fashion styling lessons. Most of my original blogging accounts have since been deleted or abandoned, but my interest in documenting photos and expressing myself through writing has never wavered.
In June of 2015, I was going through a hard time, and felt like I needed to re-channel my energy into an artistic outlet. I made the decision to commit to blogging and began taking photos as often as possible. Although I had been blogging on some level for a few years, my posts were sporadic up until that point. However, that summer I hit the ground running. I began taking outfit photos weekly, bought a point and shoot camera, networked at events, and collaborated with lots of brands and photographers.
Although I was working consistently, my growth was stagnant for several years. I struggled with constructing a “theme” and cohesive editing for the longest time and only got into a groove this past March. I am by no means an expert, and am constantly working to learn more and perfect my craft, but this was the first time my feed began coming together. I had recently chopped my mermaid hair into a bob, found a new filter on VSCO, and began experimenting more with editing techniques on Snapseed. The combination of these changes resulted in the perfect recipe for the most growth I have seen in my entire blogging career.
Part of me feels like I've been on this journey for a while, but the other part feels it has just begun. I am so happy that I persisted and trudged through those first few years because I finally found my mojo. Following my heart resulted in one of the best decisions I have ever made and brought new purpose into my life. I am very excited for what the future holds, and so grateful that you've decided to join me along for the ride.
I hope that sharing some details on my journey inspire you to pursue something you are passionate about, regardless of what that looks like for you. Blogging hasn't always been easy, but it has changed my life for the better, and I would love to encourage others to follow their hearts just as I did. Cheers!