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Creating this blog has been on my heart for quite a while… 3 years to be exact.

Now, why did it take me so long, you ask? Well, there were many things, but specifically, insecurities and lies that I have been believing for far too long.

The idea to start a fashion blog first entered my mind when my sister-in-law, Annie, said: “you should start a blog!” We were in the airport coming home from a family wedding when she had made this comment, after noting the outfit I had on. At this time fashion blogs were rising in popularity. It seemed being an “influencer” was something every person was aspiring to be. I took her comment as a compliment, but initially brushed off the idea of creating a blog. In the following weeks, my mind wandered back to the blog idea, so I started to look more deeply into what fashion blogs really were- especially their basis. What were they actually writing about?

As I browsed Instagram and the web I realized all these bloggers covered many of the same topics: beauty, travelling, their day-day lives, and fashion- specifically fast fashion. I would look at these women, many only a few years older than I, and began to think I could never do this. I don’t have an outgoing personality, my makeup skills are nothing compared to theirs, my skin isn’t flawless, and my life is so boring. How would I stand out from the others? All these thoughts were running through my mind. So I gave up. I kept the idea in the back of my mind but knew it would probably never come to fruition.

As life went on, the idea to create a platform to share my love of fashion stayed with me, and I began to tell more people about this idea. I was encouraged by friends and family to pursue it, but I was still so hesitant. I didn’t want to be just another person who took their hobby and created a blog out of it. I wanted to be different. I wanted there to be a purpose in what I was putting out there. It also had to be perfect, and I had to know how it was all going to shake out before I could fully commit.

Over time I discovered where my passion within fashion lay- second hand and ethical fashion. I then began my research on how to create the perfect blog. I didn’t want to fail. I didn’t want to present something that was subpar in relation to the others. I began comparing myself to other bloggers who had multiple years under their belt and allowed thoughts of uncertainty to enter my mind. Thoughts like: “this is ridiculous who is even going to be interested?”; “what if this doesn’t even go anywhere?”; “I feel like I’m just going to make a fool out of myself.”

I let these thoughts take control and I gave up. Again.

Now here I am. I came to the realization that we were not meant to be perfect; that perfectionism is, in fact, our enemy.

God who is perfect doesn’t expect us to be perfect, because he knows we will fail.

It is in failure- in vulnerability- that we find strength in Him. We are allowed to be weak because that’s when He can be strong in us. This is what He desires. He doesn’t want us living in fear of failure, but rather living by faith.

All that to say, that is what has brought me here. I’m taking a leap of faith and have decided to create something that I believe God has placed on my heart for a reason. I’m learning to give up my fear of failure and the need to be perfect. I’m learning to be vulnerable and trust the One who will walk with me every step of the way. He tells us to be strong and courageous, so I am holding onto that truth as I begin- and continue- this blogging journey.

Many of you may be thinking “I thought this was a fashion blog?” and it is! You may also see parts of my home and sewing projects here as well. I’m excited to see where this goes! I just thought to tell you a little bit about the process of getting here. I wanted to share with you my heart.

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Sep 28, 2022

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