6 April 2015

My blogs anniversary story..

Last April I was having a really big situation in my personal life which made me take a step back from everything. As a result of this, I felt like I had lost every sort of real connection with myself and I was in a sea of confusion. Dealing with tough life stuff whilst suffering from at the time an unknown (to me) mental health illness was really difficult. I felt like no one was on my side, no one wanted to treat me like how I should be treated and it got me angry.

I'm quite a stubborn person as it is but last year I finally sat up and listened, listened to myself for the first time. Theres plenty people in my life who make sure their happiness is put forward, but I never seemed to be apart of that crowd. Putting myself first was never an option until last April.

April came and I realised I had so many things swimming about in my head, I needed to get them out. I am super creative so it was almost fate that I started a blog (even though I can't write for shit).  Blogging wasn't completely a foreign subject to me as back in the day I used to think it was cool to write big rants online about the latest gossip. It was pretty horrendous but I couldn't shift that feeling of wanting to give it a proper go.

Starting my blog was really all about giving myself a creative platform to get me through a tough time. Focusing my time onto something that was important to me and giving me a different tool in my life to allow my creative mind to play. After a few months (to my surprise) people wanted to read my little ramblings and see my outfits online. This made my confidence grow and I felt I could discuss other things on my blog, after all it is my little space online.

My most popular post to date is '41 things that happen when dealing with a mental health illness' This created the most amazing buzz online and I had the most incredible messages from people showing their support. To date I have never confirmed what mental health illness I struggle with but that's not to say I never will. I know when I finally have the confidence to say I will be able to relate to so many people.

As months flew by I soon realised I was interested in writing about different things. I was no longer just a 'Fashion blogger' I loved talking all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle and every now and again - mental health. It opened up so many amazing opportunities. Working with so many wonderful people in PR & media. Working along side brands such as Ghost, Duo, Buchanan Gallery's, Clarins, The body shop, Lush and Dr. Martens to name a few. Meeting so many lovely bloggers and being genuinely flattered and taken back at how many people have read and praised my blog. It really has become so much more than I had ever imagined. The events throughout this year have been incredible and I feel so lucky to be involved with many other creative individuals across Scotland.

It's given me that drive in life that I needed at such a crucial time and continues to do so. For as long as I can remember I had always stopped and started different things but within this past year it has been my one constant through out everything. I was thinking about doing a post on things I have learned throughout this year which might help new bloggers. It can be quite daunting when you first start especially as there are so many things that worry you but it really shouldn't.

Thank you again to everyone who supported me through the year, it's all noted and I couldn't be more thankful.

If I can start a blog, so can you.