I’ve spent a lot of time over the last six months working on this blog and figuring out what I wanted it to be. I’ve known from the start I wanted a place to write freely and for my soul – my day job has me writing all day, but I rarely get to write for me and this is my place to do that.
I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’ve come from, what I’ve learned over the last few years and how I want to apply it to my life moving forward. This past weekend at Spark Sessions I really started to feel like I was seeing the effects of my hard work – I attended the conference alone without any kind of anxiety about it knowing I’d see people there I knew, I was confident enough to network and strike up a conversation with strangers, and above all I was prepared to connect with others who I knew could be a part of my career growth and long-term goals (even if I’m not 100% clear on what those are).
Originality has been on my mind since, in particular. Several of the speakers came back to discussing just how saturated the “blogosphere” (man I hate that word – how else can you describe it though?) has become with so many bloggers doing the same thing, and I felt like I was guilty of trying to fit that mold since I started this back in June. I’ve given a lot of thought to what sets me apart since.
I wasn’t born into a wealthy family – middle-class, yes, but not wealthy. I have a body I’m not in love with that I work hard to keep in check, but I’m guilty of indulging perhaps more often than I should – therefore, fashion and style are things that present a long list of unique challenges to me. I was born and raised in suburbia, but have an insane love for the city…I’m figuring out and experiencing Toronto with every new day and try as I may, I can’t always keep up with what’s trendy. I lust after designer goods but sometimes, the best I can do is Forever 21 or H&M. And finally, I’m insanely driven to create a life for myself that I’ve known I can achieve for as long as I can remember – success on my own terms is really what this all boils down to.
Keeping all of this in mind, I know I want to create a place online that’s brutally honest and transparent about what’s really involved in chasing big career dreams, and wanting to look and feel good in the process without going broke. There are bloggers out there who are already showing you what luxury is – I want to shine the light on what it takes to get there if you’re starting from the ground floor. It’s what I know best.
And so, here we are – a milestone in this little blog’s early history. I’m becoming more clear on what I want to give my readers as content, and I hope you’ll enjoy what’s to come. Don’t worry – beauty is still very much a part of this (YP’s still need to know when it’s appropriate to rock those red lips!) but I want to be sure there’s a balance of lifestyle, culture, and tips and advice pieces to coincide with those themes.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride. Join me?