Friday, February 17, 2017

I'm Choosing Joy


Hey y'all!
If you follow along with my Instagram and IG Stories, then you've already heard a little bit about what I'm getting ready to share. For Valentine's Day, my husband and I had a romantic dinner at home and ended the night with a long, uninterrupted conversation. We talked about life and where we see our lives heading within the near future. But the part I want to share with y'all is what's going to affect this blog and Instagram of mine. 

Joy.
We discussed some of the things that are in our lives at the moment or things that we are currently doing that don't make us happy and/or bring us joy. There were honestly quite a few things that I hadn't realized were making me unhappy. We talked about our jobs, our decision of where to live, blogging, what's in our closets, and so much more. 

A lot of this may seem silly to some of you but that's okay. Ultimately, we decided to no longer do things that make us unhappy. To always choose happiness and joy. To never decide on a job or piece of clothing to simply please someone else. We are going to live each day to its fullest and seek the good things in life.

So, you're probably asking yourself... well what does this have to do with your blog? If you read my "Look at 2017" post back in January, then you saw a glimpse into this. You saw how I decided to be 100% authentic with y'all. I'll be honest this hasn't been easy. It's been downright terrifying if I'm honest. And I have been authentic to a T. So much that it's cost me blog posts and income. 

So what else is changing? I will be posting about clothing/accessories/products that I can afford myself - that I would purchase on my own. I know that most of my readers are college girls or women who are just starting out in life. For the most part, this means that you aren't making triple digits each year. Guess what? Neither do I! Actually - my husband and I don't make that much money combined. TMI? I don't care. 

Therefore, if a brand reaches out to me that sells clothing out of a "normal person" price range, I probably will turn down the collaboration unless they offer a giveaway prize to you all. It's that simple. It's time to be more realistic in this little corner of the internet I have. I'm here to show y'all how to feel beautiful about yourselves inside and out - but also on a budget. I'm here to show you how to find that great dupe for the amazing purse you can't afford. I used to be that girl who would put $800 on her credit card just so that other people would think I was "cool". But you know what? Know one actually cares if my purse was $2,000 or $20. That's just it. 

Posts are also going to be more real - maybe one day it will be about this cute (and affordable) outfit but the next day it's about how my hair got destroyed. I guess you can call it relatable. I want y'all to feel like you can relate to what I'm writing and wearing. I want to feel like you're hanging with your bff and not envying me over something that I can't even afford myself. I guess you could say my four days at NYFW really put this into perspective for me - along with the talk with my husband and Brighton Keller's IG Story a few days ago. 

So. Here's what I want to know. What do you like? What do you enjoy reading about here? No, I'm not asking this to simply copy and paste into a post. I'm asking to see what we have in common that I can relate to as well. I want to engage with y'all on a more personal level and not have this feel like a cold place - like so many other blogs/Instagrams have turned into. I love y'all and being real and raw with you gals is what I'm here for.

Also, to be honest, I don't have the time of a full-time blogger to do this blogging thing every single day. I work a full-time job and also go to school full-time + I'm a wife. So I write when I have time and always try to have at least one post up a week. You can always see something from me on my Instagram and will see a lot more each day if a few things fall into place this week. As always, feel free to email or message me. Love y'all. Let's get it.

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