Well here it is! My first ever blog post! and my goodness has this been a long time coming..
2012 was the year of the London Olympics, the year the world was supposed to end, and the year I discovered these very personal but very public online diary type things called blogs. It was love at first read. The beauty hacks, the fashion inspo, the perfect photographs, the way someone you don’t even know could say everything you’ve been thinking and answer every question that you’ve been wondering about, making you feel a *little* bit more normal. I was completely obsessed. As the years have gone by I’ve been quietly keeping up with the writers who inspire me, secretly scouring Instagram for #lifegoals in photos and the perfect filter, and, most of all, wondering what I would do if I had my own blog?
So what exactly got in the way for four whole years? Well, those little bitches called self doubt and anxiety, worrying about everything that could go wrong rather than everything that could go right, and obsessing over everything I don’t know/don’t have/can’t do rather than everything I could do. Also, university kind of takes over your life too (she’s one humdinger of a bitch)! So here we go, I’m feeling the fear and doing it anyway, as any Dr Pepper advocate would say; “what’s the worst that could happen?”
As 2017 is creeping in closer and closer, I figured that in the spirit of new beginnings, new blog, new year, I’ll make a list of 3 quotes, or mantras if you will, that will carry me through the year and the start of my blogging journey (because who doesn’t love a good quote am I right?!).
“Respond to every call that excites your spirit” – Rumi
So this is pretty much why I’m doing this. I don’t know much about the techy side of blogging, my writing may well be a load of rubbish, and I probably haven’t quite acquired the seamless, “perfect” looking lifestyle of all the bloggers I love just yet. But I love blogs. I love Instagram. And I bloody love clothes and beauty and writing things and taking photos of anything and everything. AND PUGS. So never mind whether you’re actually good at something or not, if you love it, that seems like a pretty good enough reason to actually do it, right?
“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are” – Mandy Hale
Now I don’t know about magical or beautiful but weird and imperfect are 100% me. As much as I am fangirling my fave bloggers like they’re Beyonce and just kind of wanting to be them or at least be friends (did I mention that I’m weird?) I’m going to try and be myself and bring a little bit of realness to the blogging world as I make my own mark.
“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try” – Michael Jordan
This is a quote that got me through my final college exam 2 years ago, and one that I heard again from a lovely lady at a recent event in London. Remember those little bitches I bitched about earlier; self doubt and anxiety (oh you little bitches you!). They remind you about the chance of failure all the time. So much so that you forget it’s not actually a guaranteed outcome. Maybe I only make it to 10 blog posts. Maybe there is only one person actually reading this (hi there, thankyou). But, maybe this will be quite a nice little place on the world wide web, and maybe it will be what I have hoped it would be for the past four years? As they say, we regret the chances we didn’t take, so here it goes. Welcome to my blog, people!
I hope you have a Happy New Year, let’s make it a good one!