My First Full Year of Blogging

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now, and it has been such an enlightening and fun experience! What’s really unique about managing a blog, is that it can be an artistic outlet of whatever it is you want to express. For me, at times, it can be writing, sharing creative ideas, implementing my personal style, or creating aesthetic content. But the best part about running a blog, is that it is 100% whatever I want it to be. No rules, just purely what I want it to be made up of, and I can change it as I grow. My goal is to open up my life in a way that connects me to others and hopefully become a positive influence and resource. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some fellow bloggers and become apart of a community of local bloggers, called the So Cal Blogger Babes, that has provided me with some amazing opportunities, but most importantly, genuine friendships. One of the opportunities I’ve been blessed with, was being able to attend New York Fashion Week in September. This experience was filled with getting hair and makeup up done with a glam squad, attending fashion shows, dining at restaurants, photo shoots, and countless, ridiculously long Uber rides. I never even thought that attending a NYFW was in my reach as a blogger, but the fact that I got the opportunity to go, was a chance of a lifetime! 

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

What I enjoyed about this trip to New York, was the dressing up! As a mom, you get used to the casual day to day wear, and typical athleisure, that you forget about what it felt like to get all dolled up. I’m not sure if anyone can relate, but sometimes the outfits that catch your eye, you say “that looks cute, but not on me.” Well, I think like that all the time. This trip, I put those thoughts to bed. If those were the looks that appealed to me, then I’m going to wear them! I’m so used to wearing safe, basic looks to the grocery store, this Mama was ready to get out of her comfort zone.

Pictured with Lifestyle Blogger @ayeshamahali  Photo by @emily_mcgahee

Pictured with Lifestyle Blogger @ayeshamahali

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

It is practically impossible to make a trip to New York, without leaving inspired. This trip taught me a lot about what I wanted to blog about, and directed me more toward my personal goals in every aspect in life.

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

Photo by @emily_mcgahee

About a month later after my trip, I landed a Social Media Marketing gig with the restaurant I’ve worked for for almost 10 years, and was able to use a lot of the things I’ve learned through blogging, towards helping market a restaurant that is so near and dear to my heart. This gig really helped me to start thinking about ways to work from home, to make some cash while being with my babe.

Photo by Foodie Blogger Alexis Amato @fullofsips @fullofsipsphotos

Photo by Foodie Blogger Alexis Amato @fullofsips @fullofsipsphotos

Then, about a month later, I got pregnant with my second. My husband and I were holding off on having another baby for a bit, but decided we were ready to take the leap.

Photo by @dollfacephotography

Photo by @dollfacephotography

Once I found out I was pregnant, It weighed heavy on my heart to be at home full time. I started to explore different avenues on how to generate income blogging, as well as through freelance writing, and my mind was set. I need to quit my part time job. Although, quitting will be a financial adjustment for us, it truly is best for our family and that’s what was our biggest concern.

Now that I’ll be home full time, it will allow me to really hone in on my writing, and get things done! I do have some freelance writing projects in the works, and I can’t wait to share them with you all!

Photo by @dollfacephotography

Photo by @dollfacephotography