After a couple days of excruciating back pain courtesy of a car accident last year, today, I just wanted to take the pressure off and write about anything I wanted and have a little fun with it. This month I have had the incredible news that I have been nominated for the Plus Size Awards again, but unlike last year where I was nominated for ‘Best Fashion Blog’ and fortunately won it, this year I’ve been nominated for a mind blowing 3 awards! So, what better subject to write about than my blogging journey so far?
With all the excitement of Rome this month, I actually forgot it was my blogging anniversary and that I’ve now been writing for just over two years. The thought makes me incredibly happy, especially to say that when I first starting writing my blog, I was working in Lush and pretty much hated everything about my life. So, why did I start blogging?
I decided to take a gap year before starting University as I honestly could not cope with the pressure of College and it actually made me a very depressed person, well, that amongst other things. I had just come out of a relationship, two weeks later my Nan passed away, then College was finally over and I decided that everyone I was surrounding myself with, were nothing put poisonous, selfish people. I was at an all time low, convinced that my life was cursed (seriously) and I didn’t think there was a way out. I basically cleaned out my life, like you would a computer and it took a couple months after this clean out for me to reboot myself properly. At first I thought working two 5 hour shifts a week and having no friends was amazing as I had more time to do absolutely nothing, and when you’re in College with a job, you appreciate doing nothing.
At least, I did for a little while and then I realised I didn’t really have any purpose at all. I needed something to do with my life. One of the only reasons I liked my job was because of the customers and it was in fact a customer that gave me the well needed push to actually do something. That something being that I should start a blog of my own and after that conversation, I did. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, I just wrote about anything and slowly, I became one of those happy people that I always made fun of. I know people say it all the time that writing is therapeutic and can help you work through things, but I had no idea how powerful it actually was until I was in that position myself.
My blogging ‘career’ moved so quickly that I actually didn’t understand why companies were emailing me and had to ask my Mum, who obviously didn’t know either. Soon enough, this became the norm and I started blogging numerous times a week, sometimes every single day whilst working with companies from across the Globe. It was incredibly exciting at the time that my readership and content was growing so rapidly that after a year and a half of writing, it came to a point where I needed to take a leap of faith.
Through my blog I managed to get a second job in Social Media, something that I had taught myself through numerous years online and building up my own ‘brand.’ I was incredibly lucky to get this small, part time job as it meant I could really build up my skills, learn more about the company side of blogging and learn more about this industry as a whole. Most importantly, I was lucky to have this job when my time at Lush came to an abrupt and unexpected end due to my car accident. At the time I was angry and in denial over the fact that I wasn’t ‘fit for work’, but seen as I’m currently under a blanket and considering what method of pain relief I should try next, I think I was just bitter.
It meant that I had no other option than to leave retail as I would have ended up hurting myself more than I already had done, so I set up to work for myself. My first month was beyond tough and scary, I had no idea where my income was coming from, no idea if I could make it in the freelance world, and no one to even ask. This was also the month of the Plus Size Awards and thankfully at that time, I had so much time to blog that the only reason I was able to attend was for amazing sponsors and still companies I adore now, The Curve, Sophisticated Curves and Curvety. I was over the moon to be able to not only say a big ‘F you’ to everyone who’s ever doubted me, but to also tell myself that I can do this and most importantly, this makes me happy and it’s what I actually want to do.
It’s around seven months on now from when I took that leap and decided to work for myself being a full time Blogger and Social Media Manager and it’s the best thing I have ever done for myself. Since that leap I’ve won an award, modelled for numerous companies, became the Face of Scarlett & Jo
and BBW Couture’s Vintage Range, been featured in nationwide press, gained client experience in several industries and now, I’ve been nominated for 3 other awards…. I can’t quite believe it myself. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year brings, I am so beyond grateful for all of the support over the last two years, I can’t thank you all enough.
I guess other than ‘vote for me’, I don’t really have a purpose of this post other than to perk myself up by writing, after all, this may be a ‘job’ for me now, but it’s still my blog, my outlet.
So, yeah… Feel free to vote for me for ‘Best Fashion Blog’, ‘Best Blogger’, ‘Best Achievement’ or all three and have a pain-free and enjoyable rest of your Sundays!