WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Today’s post is going to be us chatting, you know… human to human!
As Thanksgiving is almost upon us and the end of the year rolls near… I wanted to express my honest gratitude to you all (which I’m most grateful for this year).
This blog – the City of Sisterly Love – was born out of a deep desire to: create, connect + share. (Almost) a year ago, I found myself starving for a creative outlet. A place where I could share and express while connecting with likeminded people.
To be quite honest – it was a promise that I made within. The act of finally granting myself the permission that I had been so willingly granting to everyone else in my life.
Starting this blog, getting to know all of you, sharing passions, exchanging knowledge and connecting has been my favorite chapter of life by far. I know that it sounds cliche, but it’s the honest truth. I finally feel like I belong – amongst this crazy, online world… I truly feel like I’m doing something that’s authentically myself.
Putting yourself out there can be scary, but never starting… Now that’s a terrifying thought.
Time after time, after time, after time… I watched on the sidelines as I saw girls starting “that thing” that I wanted to do.
In middle school I was so obsessed with makeup videos on YouTube that I would film them on the webcam of my green Dell Inspiron laptop. Sometimes, I’d get home from Ulta or Sephora and talk to myself in the mirror pretending that I was doing a haul. Every time that I’d put makeup on, I’d talk to myself as if I were creating a tutorial.
But I never, ever posted them because I was so scared of what people would think.
That was almost twelve years ago. It took me twelve freakin’ years to finally put myself out there and do something that I truly, at my core, have been dying to do.
WHAT HAS SURPRISED ME MOST
About this whole blogging journey is not how much fun that I’m having or the cool brands that I’m so grateful to have been able to work with. It’s connecting with YOU ALL.
When I think about this blog or Instagram, I think of you all. Being able to share ideas and have fun while providing a little sprinkle of happiness or laughter into each other’s days.
You’ve brought such an added layer of joy to my life and I’m forever grateful.
So, if you’re reading this and thinking… “I’ve always wanted to start ____________”, here is my challenge to you while we charge forward to the new year: START.
Pick up the camera. Sign up for the class. Look up the recipe. Whatever it may be that you’ve been dying to start doing… START! Your greatest and most fulfilled life is lying on the other side!
When we live passionate and fulfilled lives, we begin to start attracting “the good” but importantly… Seeing the good.
Your world becomes a little brighter, your days a little more exciting.
I want each and every one of you to take a chance on yourself as the new year approaches.