Why I Started Blogging

May 2, 2018

Why I Started Blogging

Happy Wednesday everyone! So today I’m getting personal with you guys – probably the most personal I’ve been so far. I’m sharing with you why I started blogging and what I’ve learned since then. My goal with this is to tell my personal experience to hopefully inspire you. I also want to give you a better glance into my life and who I am; and this story definitely does that.

STORY TIME: WHY I STARTED BLOGGING

I’ve always said I would never start a blog because I thought the space was too saturated. When I was a sophomore in high school, I started a beauty YouTube channel (fun fact) because at the time I was very into makeup. That summer came and went and so did my YouTube channel – I only posted like six videos at the most. It was fun for me at the time, but I didn’t love it enough to take on the workload it required.

Fast forward to being a college freshman, I’ll be honest, I didn’t think twice about doing anything besides school and partying. My entire focus revolved around only those two things. Partying was basically a hobby freshman and sophomore year. During this time, I was just starting to become established as a young adult and slowly piece together what I wanted to do post college. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to major in marketing because I knew I wanted to pursue a career in either the beauty or fashion industry – within the advertising/public relations space. I came to the conclusion that marketing would be a safe route to take. What I specifically wanted to do with that major was still up in the air at this point.

Once junior year came around, I became more and more passionate about fashion and a career in the industry started to become a dream I wanted to turn into a reality. The peak of my crazy partying stage was fading and I started putting all my effort into building a foundation for my dream career. This started with trying to get an internship with Kohl’s.  It seemed like the ultimate next best step – or so I thought. I was so close to getting that internship that when I found out I didn’t get it, I was actually devastated. I thought I for sure had it. As bummed as I was, I knew I had to get some kind of internship for the time being. I’m not going to lie, it was very competitive finding any kind of internship. After I got that disappointing email, I unexpectedly got a call two weeks later for an interview for a marketing internship for a manufacturing company. Not the ideal industry, but it was an opportunity so I jumped on it. A month later I got the internship.

I started the internship right when summer began. It was a great first experience of being in an office environment and working in the marketing field. As much as I appreciated the opportunity, a part of me still felt creatively deprived. I craved any kind of outlet to pursue my love for fashion. Full disclosure, I also became single at the time and my happiness felt diminished. As much as I didn’t let that affect my work life, I desperately needed something else to focus on. The breakup further gave me the realization that I wasn’t doing a single thing for myself that made me truly happy.

After some time, my mindset completely shifted and the idea of blogging and starting my own website became, almost instinctively, something I needed to do. I had no clue on how to start a website, but I knew I needed to do this for myself. It was the perfect solution to allow me to be involved in fashion while still being in school and working at my internship. The rest of summer and the first months of senior year were dedicated to researching and building the first release of my website. I learned everything I could and made sure I was creating a website I was proud of. I officially launched my blog and first blogpost that October.

WHAT I’VE LEARNED

A year and a half later, my website has completely evolved and it continues to be the project I am most proud of. It’s something that I did completely on my own, purely for myself. The reason why I wanted to share this story with you is to tell you, from my personal experience, how important it is to dedicate your time to things that make you genuinely happy. No matter what it is, do something you love and are passionate about – solely for you. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary for your happiness and well-being.

Having that outlet cannot only be therapeutic, but it can be extremely eye-opening and rewarding for your individual growth and independence. Whether that’s working out, health and wellness, photography, listening to music, writing, reading, traveling – whatever it is, can develop you as a person and make you realize things about yourself and what you want in life. Obviously working for your dream job is the ultimate goal, but still having a healthy outlet can be so beneficial to living a satisfied, fulfilled life – whatever that looks like for you.

I started blogging because it’s a creative outlet for me to be immersed in fashion in way that’s possible for me right now. I encourage you to find what you’re passionate about and act on it. Do it for you because only you can make yourself happy.

xx Ashley

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