Today marks the first anniversary of my very first blog post going live and of Seasons in Stilettos coming to fruition. What seemed like just a silly idea to keep my mind stimulated and busy on the weekends, turned out to be something I sincerely enjoy doing and what I look forward to.
I truly had no idea what to expect as a blogger and while I’m still learning quite a bit each day, I believe that Seasons in Stilettos has come a long way in such a short amount of time. When I first started, even just a few months ago, I wasn’t exactly sure in which direction the blog was going or if my content was eye-catching and if it appealed to readers. Although it gets discouraging at times and there are days when I feel as if maybe I got a late start in the game and this isn’t worth pursuing when I compare myself to fellow bloggers who have been doing this for years and have upwards of over 100k to a million followers on Instagram alone, I just have to remind myself that I’m doing this for me and not to worry about impressing anyone else. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
In the past year, I’ve learned that it takes dedication, patience, drive, consistency and hard work to be successful, as with anything. I’ve also learned that when you’re genuinely passionate about whatever it is you’re doing, surprisingly, it doesn’t feel like work. Who would’ve thought some of those inspirational quotes on Pinterest actually have some merit to them?! I’ve been able to recognize who is genuinely happy for me and who would like to see me succeed in any endeavor I pursue, while also recognizing those who don’t care and are watching from afar waiting for me to fail. I’ve learned a new set of skills, surprised myself with hidden talents I didn’t even know I had, made new connections, have overcome hurdles and I’ve exceeded my own expectations. I may not have a ton of followers on social media or am able to quit my day job, but I’ve been able to see that there are plenty of opportunities out there and the possibilities are endless as long as you put your mind and heart into whatever it is you’re doing.
While my brief reflection is in no way intended to be sappy or sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, I do want to give credit where it’s due to a very close friend of mine, Jennafer (Jenna) Ashley, of Fresh and Fit, who encouraged the idea of taking my love for fashion with my (very brief and little) past modeling experience and combining that with my expertise in finding great deals and the ability to express myself to actually do something with it.
Jenna turned her passion into a career and is now a food blogger, recipe developer, e-book author, photographer and a #girlboss who continues to encourage, inspire and support me daily. She has helped me with all of the technical and back end stuff for creating my website, is always there to answer any questions when I get impatient because I can’t figure out the settings on my camera, has taken the majority of my photos for me, shares her resources and puts up with my constant indecisive text messages of “which photo looks better.” She has literally been my cheerleader and definition of a great friend who genuinely wants me to succeed. I’m certain we could all use a friend like her in our lives and I’m lucky to have her in mine.
So friends, now that Seasons in Stilettos officially turned one (YAY!!) and I’ve gone a little deeper and more personal to give you an insight into my first year as a blogger and what I’ve gained out of it, I hope you’ll continue to follow along while I use my blog and social media as a platform to share my personal style, my thoughts and bits and pieces of my life with all of you.
[Photography credit]: Gaby Abboud of Gabmaster Photography
Hair & Makeup: Daniela Kosta with CALM Skincare
Below are some behind the scenes photos with my good friend and very talented makeup artist, Dani, from my most recent photo shoot and one I actually put some effort into my appearance for. 🙂