As I reflect back on my six months of blogging, I thought I would share some lessons I've learned and ways I've been stretched! I want to do more personal posts, posts about what I'm learning, posts about real mom life. Posts about how the blog is going, how parenting is going, struggles and triumphs. Let me know what you think in the comments!
1. Stay true to yourself
This was probably the first lesson I learned as a blogger. When you are first starting, it is so exciting when brands start to reach out to you and you just want to say yes to them all! I quickly realized that I don't ever want to support something that isn't true to who I am. I want to be that friend you can trust, to bring you the good stuff. Someone you can always turn to with questions or advice. So be sure that whatever I am posting about, whether it is sponsored or not, it is here because I love it and think you will, too!
2. Friendship & support are far better than being on top
Shortly after starting my blog I joined Style Collective, which is a community of bloggers that support and encourage one another. I always had (and still do!) someone to answer my questions, give me advice, and help me with blogger basics I knew nothing about! I instantly had friends and felt part of the community. Through this amazing community I have learned so much and have made someone awesome friends. The founder of Style Collective, Annie Spano, recently launched a podcast all about Becoming Fearless! You can listen to it here.
3. You have to step out of your comfort zone
Annie reached out to her community of fellow SC sisters, asking if anyone would be interested in becoming a Regional Leader for their area. She didn't give details but I knew I had to sign up. When the time came, she sent out the details that she wanted to have Style Collective parties all across America to celebrate her podcast launch. As regional leaders, we were responsible for getting all the details together for an event in our area. My first reaction was "what in the world did I get myself into?!" But I quickly shut down my fears and doubts and went at it full force. Another Denver blogger had signed up to be a regional leader as well, enter Delayna of Delayna Denaye, so not only did I have to plan this event, which involved reaching out to brands and businesses, I had to coordinate it with a complete stranger! (Who quickly became a sweet friend!) Our event ended up being a huge success, it was so much fun meeting other Denver bloggers! I also learned how to pitch to brands, how to throw a blogger event, proper etiquette etc. all because I stepped out of my comfort zone! Now I am excited to do more of these events and grow my blog through them.
These lessons may have come from blogging but can, and should, be implemented in any part of life!
These photos are from the event Delayna and I hosted for our Denver Style Collective sisters. The girls that came were so fun and so sweet! It was awesome getting to know them, talking about the things we love most, and bouncing ideas off each other. Make sure to check out their blogs, you won't be disappointed!
Our amazing event was hosted by the cutest boutique I've ever seen! As soon as I walked in I was swooning over the aesthetic and pretty pieces! If you live in CO you must check out Fab'rik Boutique! The owner, Leslie, and the girls she had working that night were so extremely sweet and helpful! It is located off S Sante Fe Dr in Littleton!
I got to reach out to some amazing brands who were so kind to give us goodies for our swag bags! You should check out these amazing businesses. Lots of wonderful people!
And of course, our amazing photographer Jenna Sparks Photography!
I hope you found some amazing new people and businesses to love! Have a lovely week!
As a blogger I've learned a lot of the things in the last six months! My top three lessons I felt were good enough to share with all of you and hope they bring some encouragement!
1. Stay true to yourself. Don't feel pressured to be something you're not! Don't be afraid to be the person you were created to be! Don't be afraid to stand out and be different
2. Friendship and support are far greater than being on top. I never want to be the person that looks back on her life and realizes she ruined relationships because she was too focused on being successful! I would much rather have good friends, support others and be supported. I want to live a life that is pleasing to God. I think there is room for all of us to be successful! We don't have to live a lonely, selfish life to get there ;)
3. You have to step out of your comfort zone. This one is scary!!! But I don't want to let my fears or doubts stop me from growing. Whether it is in my faith, my business, or my relationships. I want to be able to try new things and grow in new ways. And this takes stepping out. Do it in faith and you will see good things come from it!