Friday, April 21, 2017

Go Find It Friday

Ok so the chances of you being able to find today's outfit is slim. However, if your up for digging and have plenty of time, then you might just get lucky. In a sense it's also worth the dig, because you'll never believe this but, this whole outfit was $10! I was on the hunt for a festival, boho style look to take photos for my 1 year blogiversary. Literally the day before we shot this look I found this outfit in the depths of the Forever 21 clearance room. It took some time, but I was happy that I did. Even more happier when I realized their clearance items were buy 1, get 1 free. The crop top was marked down to $6 or $4, but it didn't matter because I only paid for the price of the skirt, which was marked down to $10. I took a chance and didn't even try on the skirt (it ended up fitting perfectly, in the length too) and the top was the only one I could find. I think the top is a size medium because its slightly big and I remember wishing when I had it on that it was smaller. I couldn't have been more happier with the outcome and it worked for me for the look and vibe I was going for. 

March marked 1 year of blogging for me, and what a year it has been. I can't count the number of times I have wanted to throw in the towel and call it quits. I still have those moments today. All the hard work I put into my blog and to feel as if no one really cares or gets it is draining. Blogging is exactly like a business, only less risk. I give it my all, 100%, 24/7. When I go so long without any results it becomes very discouraging. The one thing that always brings me back around is reminding myself that I'm doing it all for myself. Never have I had the chance to be so freely creative. And it really is rewarding when I do something that i'm proud of. It's also hard to see other bloggers who seem to be doing so well and i'm over here feeling stuck like chuck. Again, I have to remind myself, to do my own thing and that it's only been a year. In reality that's not enough time to prove myself. I'm still being seasoned and getting experience. When you do have those moments of feeling successful, it's all worth it. And even though i'm not in a big clique of other bloggers, I would take the 3 bloggers who've cheered me on and brought me back up any day. As long as I am staying true to who I am and what I like, not what everyone else likes and is doing, i'm a happy blogger. 
Having this blog has, in a way, given me purpose. I stopped working as a dental assistant, about, 2 years ago. I didn't necessarily jump right into blogging either. It took me a while to gain confidence and convince myself that I could do this. I also wanted to make sure I was blogging for a reason, my reason. When I did start to dip my toes in the water, MN blog started consuming my thoughts. Much like owning your own business. How could I make it better? What can I do to grow? How do I make it relate-able? So, MN gave me a reason to wake up and stay busy and actually do something, vs. nothing. I still ask myself millions of questions regarding improvement and growth, and do my best to take action towards answering these questions. 

I by no means am experienced or successful enough to give advice. Some might think that i'm still categorized as a wanna be blogger. But, what works for some doesn't necessarily work for me. What I want for my blog isn't what others may want for theirs. So, it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks. I'm still very much in the learning stage, but I feel like i'm headed in the right direction for what's best for me and MN. And as much as I tell Mike I want to give up, or as much as people make fun of me for what I do (and EVERYONE pokes fun at me) and make me feel irrelevant for working so hard for nothing, it is for something. It's for me. Just because i'm not generating an income, yet, doesn't mean it's pointless. I have to remember that not everyone completely understands what a blog is. Which is fine, but to perhaps put it in perspective for you, I just have more of a unique job then you do. I'm not savvy to your business and you don't need or have to be savvy to mine. If your not a blogger you have to understand that it is a business. Because if I didn't treat it like a business then I would never be a successful blogger. Not to mention there are, i'm sure, thousands of bloggers who actually have turned their little ol' blog into LLC's/DBA's. I may be a long way from that, but i'll get there some way or another. When I get discouraged, it's not from the constant jokes about being a blogger, in fact that makes me want to work harder and prove them wrong (so keep the jokes coming), I get discouraged from my performance and knowing and thinking I could do better or produce better quality content. It's pure frustration with myself. Sometimes the feeling of lack of support from my loved ones closest to me is a little discouraging, but, again, I have to remind myself i'm not blogging for them. I blog for me, I blog because it's my outlet to share my creativity and my interest. I may not have thousands, and thousands of followers but I so appreciate and love the one's that do follow me. If your new to blogging, like me, just don't give up. That's probably the best advice I can legitimately give right now. And to the new bloggers, feel free to ask for and tips if you have any questions on your journey. I may or may not be able to help, but am willing too.

I mentioned earlier meeting a few bloggers who have really been the best cheerleaders. Elvira with Fashion Rowe has been one of them. Her and I started blogging at the same in March last year, and we are both in The Woodlands. I'm so very lucky and blessed to call her friend and walking with me on this journey called blogging. I consider her my blogger bestie and just adore and love her to death. Her taste and sense of style is impeccably stunning. She is the most gorgeous person I've ever met, inside and out. I can't thank her enough for her friendship and cherish every minute we get spend with each other. If you don't follow her or read her blog, you must. Fashion Rowe will surely inspire you.

P.S. Balloons and Rooftops don't always go well with each other...

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Friday & weekend. We have a busy one ourselves. What are you up to? Remember if your in The Woodlands, Ironman is this weekend so there will be road closures and detours. Until next time...


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