It has been officially one year since the launch of www.fashiononthe4thfloor.com. It feels like the perfect time to reflect on the past 365 days, chat about what I learned & think about what I want for the future in terms of blogging.
The most important thing I’ve learned is that it’s ok to have something all my own. There is no reason to feel guilty. It’s very important to seek creative moments & opportunities. It’s healthy & therapeutic. Overcoming the initial struggle that a fashion blog was superficial & just a way of just saying, “Look at me, look at me!” I finally came to terms that it’s not! This is just one small way of expressing who I am as a person to many people.
Just because this creative outlet may seem a little selfish, maybe even a bit vain to some, it doesn’t mean my priorities or value system have taken a back seat. I’m not neglecting life’s responsibilities or loved ones. My priorities remain the same: My husband, my position with my husband’s company, helping my mother, volunteering & spending quality time with friends.
Blogging comes in last place & that’s not a bad thing. When I shoot looks, decide on content, write & edit a post, I thoroughly enjoy the process. There is no pressure of deadlines or someone breathing down my back to complete a project. This is not putting food on the table or paying my mortgage, so I will strive to not let the pressure to constantly post get to me (even though I’d be lying if I said it didn’t at times).
All I can give to you is that I still have no expectations. Sorry, nothing profound or truly mind-blowing here. I don’t expect people to like, comment or follow. I’m not expecting brands to connect with me to become an ambassador (but, I would be lying if I didn’t say it would be super flattering), there are no plans to monetize my blog (… wouldn’t have a clue what that even means or how to do it anyway) & certainly no plans for this to become full-time, or for that matter, part-time. I’m still getting my feet wet & learning the ropes & etiquette of blogging. There’s more to learn with photo shoots, how to adjust camera settings to take the best photos & improve my writing skills. For myself, that is enough.
Yesterday was also my birthday & that triggers feelings of personal reflection outside of blogging.
- Have I become a better person over the past year?
- Have I learned a new skill?
- Have I been scared? Exactly! Have I tried something new that scared me?
- Did I give back? Did I give back enough?
- Was I better listener, more patient, more giving?
- Was I healthier? Sadly, I know the answer is no to this one.
We are a work in progress, so I will allow myself the time to remain a student.
I wear my heart on my sleeve, in this case, on my shirt.
Volunteering is very important part of my life. Giving back to your community is so important, a positive way to take the focus off of your struggles & remember there are others with greater needs than your own. If every human was required to volunteer, can you imagine what an incredible, loving world we would live?
And, I certainly love a yummy, cold white wine. My hubby & I work awfully long hours & 7 days a week most of the year, so I cherish the moments I get to slow down & enjoy a wine with friends. I value those times, as they are very rare.
This look is a little causal, little sporty & little menswear inspired. I love the pop of red & pop of yellow. Just trying to keep fun & a little cheeky!
- Jacket & Clutch: Express
- Tee: I ♥ Dogs
- Bermuda Shorts: Banana Republic
- Loafer Mules: Topshop
- Watch: Red Pineapple