I really cannot believe how fast the past 3 years have gone! It’s been 3 years since I started blogging, a whole 3 years since I wrote and published my first ever post on this very blog – It’s crazy! Blogging has completely changed my life and I can’t quite imagine what I’d be doing with my spare time if I wasn’t blogging! Any long term readers may now that this blog hasn’t always been Blush & Noise, my blogging life began as ‘Abigail Bunny’ and if you look back at my early post, it’s really evident just how much my style, likes, dislikes and entire lifestyle have changed! I thought I’d take a little trip down memory lane and have a little chat about what I’ve learnt during my 3 years as a blogger!
3 Things I’ve Learnt
1. How to express myself
I know that this may sound completely ridiculous, as there’s so many amazing ways that people express themselves. However when I first started blogging, I wasn’t in the best place mentally and genuinely found it difficult to talk about my feeling and to generally be myself in public and in front of strangers, I was very introverted to say the least. When I started blogging, I felt really embarrassed about it, in a way that I sort of felt that my secrets were exposed! As I began blogging more and began to tackle my issues in life, I found that my blog slowly developed into a massive part of who I was, I almost began to fall into who I really was (cheesey, I know, but it’s the truth) Looking back at when I was 17 and began blogging and then looking at who I am today, I am genuinely so happy with the skin I’m in and so comfortable with who I am, despite having major self confidence issues just like any young adult, however now I don’t have an issues with being myself around basically anyone! Take me for who I am or not at all, right?
2. Different isn’t a bad thing
Growing up I was hands down the super goofy and nerdy child, I had oval glasses, goofy teeth and of course my nose constantly in a book! I was very comfortable with being that as a child, however the moment puberty hit and everyone started to care about what they looked like and what people thought of them, I was not about that life! I stopped wearing my glasses, stopped reading, stopped listening to the music that I liked and began to mould myself into someone I wasn’t, simply because I felt the pressure to! However over the past 3 years I’ve began to cherish my differences, yeah I might be goofy and have a different taste to others, but who cares? If everyone was the same, then the world would be a pretty boring place!
3. Do more
Some of the opportunities, events and collaborations that have happened because of my blog genuinely blows my mind! When I started blogging I never imagined I’d be given so many amazing opportunities! It’s really pushed me out of my comfort zone in terms of what I thought I was capable of doing. I never thought that I would be able to go social events on my own and talk to complete strangers, I never thought I’d be posing in the middle of a street for fashion collaborations, I never thought I’d have my photo’s being shared by brands and companies, I never thought I’d be interviewing a world famous fashion designer. It actually makes me so emotional when I look back at what I’ve achieved, I’m literally welling up as I right this, because I know my younger self would be gobsmacked if they thought I’d be doing what I’m doing! My confidence has grown immensely, especially over the last year since I’ve been putting A LOT more effort into blogging!
As pathetic as it sounds, blogging has genuinely changed my life and I am so grateful for every opportunity I’ve been given. I am so delighted to have met some amazing people through blogging and to have created life long friendships with people I wouldn’t have ever crossed paths with if it wasn’t for blogging! Here’s to another year of continuing to grow my blog and enjoying every second of it! Here’s to every blogger who’s welcomed me into the blogging community and made me feel valued within it! Here’s to my family and boyfriend for their non stop support! Here’s to you readying this right now, thank you.