Hello gorgeous friends! This past Sunday I celebrated six months of blogging! Whoo-hoo! (Well, technically I started Instagram a little bit before blogging, but I consider them one and the same). As I reflected on the past six months, I realized that there have been so many things that I have learned along the way. Things I wished I was better at when I started. Things I want to share with you! I hope you enjoy reading the six most important things I’ve learned since starting this journey and thank you for being a part of it!
Connect with people.
Finding friends with shared interests has been my favorite thing about blogging and Instagram. It has been so much fun to learn about the beautiful woman that surround the community and let them inspire me! Blogging is not about the numbers of likes, comments, or followers on social media, but rather about the connections that I’ve made and will hold dear forever.
Never compare yourself to others.
This is so easy to do especially when I purposefully surround myself in a community of other fashion bloggers, but it is of the upmost importance. Comparing my success to another’s only brings me down. I have learned to let my uniqueness shine and be myself in all circumstances. I have learned to embrace my own style and not compare myself to the styles that other woman have. Style is about individuality. You should only wear what you love and makes you feel confident.
Celebrate the small accomplishments.
Keeping track of my accomplishments helps keep me grounded and not lose sight of where I’ve come from. I have learned to keep an ongoing journal listing my accomplishments since I’ve started. Whether it’s a collaboration, hitting a goal, or meeting a new friend, reading back on this list brings me encouragement and keeps me motivated.
I also have documented my Instagram photos by using Chatbooks that sends me a cute little book every 60 Instagram photos. In six months, I just received my third book! It’s so fun to hold in hand and see the result of my hard work and progress. Feel free to use my code 9TETQNT4 and you’ll get your first chat book full of cherished photos free!
Stay organized and plan ahead.
This is something I really failed at when I first started. I hardly knew what I was doing from one day to the next. I would stress out about not having content. I purchased a planner and have never felt more organized! It not only helps me make time for myself, but also keeps me on track and sane. If you’re interested in the planner I chose, check it out at The Happy Planner. I really love that I can make the planner my own!
I am a major goal setter. It could be the perfectionist or teacher in me, but I find it really important to set goals no matter how big or small. What I’ve found more important than setting goals, however, is not letting them stress you out. Goals should be a way to motivate and encourage you, not bring you down if you don’t succeed. Making attainable goals and doing your best to accomplish them will set you up for success.
If you’re not enjoying it, you’re doing it wrong.
Let’s be honest. Blogging is hard work! Finding the time to write content and take photos for your posts can be draining at times. There were many times in the past six months that I wanted to quit. I had to remind myself why I started in the first place and learned to have fun with it! Since then, I enjoy it so much more and am much happier for it!
These never seen before photos are from the outfit post How to Continue Wearing White in the Fall.