Calling it quits after three years of fashion blogging.
The end is approaching. Ironically, I’ve made this decision just as my blogging career began to peak. All that I desired, and prayed for, began to manifest but… it’s time to move on. Editing this post before I leave the office so bear with me if I’m limited in explanations. Perhaps I’ll be able to continue tomorrow as I conclude my August challenge (posting every Mon-Friday in the month of August).
I started blogging around November 2013. Just moved back to NYC, after almost 6 years in Philly. Prior to moving out of Philly, I came across a blog (maybe Patricia Bright’s- can’t remember) and I thought pshh I could totally do that. I always loved fashion and expressing myself through my own personal style. So I thought it would be a great idea. After moving to NYC, my boyfriend at the time bought me a Canon T3i and became my personal photographer. Life was GREAT. New city (sort of), new job, new boyfriend, new body (I was so disciplined with working out and eating healthy foods), and new passion (fashion blogging).
The Break Up// Rekindling Old Flames
Things didn’t work out so well with the boyfriend. As a result, I found myself running back to the very person responsible for making me leave Philly to begin with. The other ex. Life was great again. New- old boyfriend. New camera (gifted from new-old boyfriend). And new photographer! Since new-old boyfriend didn’t live in NYC, I hired a freelance photographer from Harlem (5 element photography) and we simply made magic together! He was responsible for my blog from going from 0-100. Our chemistry was phenomenal and he became one of my good friends… For reasons I cannot explain at the moment, both relationships died- the one with new-old boyfriend and the one with my photographer. I was left alone….BUT, it was perfect timing because God had called me to do a social media fast for about 6 weeks and it was during that time that my relationship with God grew so strong. I tell the story here.
After the fast, I underwent a series of life struggles. My spiritual walk was a whirlwind. Some periods I was high, other times I was lower than low. Before the beginning of this summer, my spiritual life was completely attacked. I exposed myself to temptations from the devil. I got into 3 car accidents, I experienced so much heart ache, the list goes on. But through it all, I always had blogging to turn my frown upside down.
Life is Good After All
All that I diligently prayed for concerning my blog started to be answered. It seemed every week I opened my email, I was invited to a partnership. From Target to Adidas. I was being sent free apparel and merchandise every month…sometimes twice a month. And my bloggers and followers multiplied by the day! My hard work was paying off!
Time to Go
When I think about my purpose and my destiny. I don’t see blogging apart of it. Last year, as I was praying one night in my room, the Lord told me that He has given me an audience for something greater than fashion. That my fashion blogging days were limited and if I availed myself I would be used for His glory…not mine…
I wasn’t disappointed in this revelation. Just curious. As I grow further in Christ, I realize the dangers in blogging; and how much it has caused me to sin.
·All the money I’ve wasted in material things (ESPECIALLY shoes), could’ve bought me a house by now. <- No exaggeration in that statement… And while I’ve cut back tremendously on shopping because I get so many free clothes, I still find myself from time to time desiring more stuff just to stay relevant as a fashion blogger.
·I’ve made material things my idol. There’s been times I’ve missed church to blog, wasted hours at work editing blog posts or perusing through other blogs. I didn’t manage time carefully as a blogger.
·I have so many clothes that I barely repeat them outside of blogging, unless its to church… I don’t like going out and so many of my clothes are not work appropriate. So it just goes to waste.
Where to Next?
Well for starters, I’ve got a ton more pictures to post before really calling it quits. I haven’t decided if I’ll just post on Instagram or if I’ll write blog posts as well. I will probably go with the former…
I briefly touched on another endeavor that I was interested in. Maybe when I rebrand, I’ll let you guys know on this blog. I will definitely still post pictures on my Instagram. But it will just be those very rare times that I am actually out!
I still want to share my testimonies with SOME of you. I say some because these testimonies are very sensitive to me and I want a select audience to hear it (mainly young women). I’m not sure how I’ll do it…thinking of a newsletter for now. BUT I’ll definitely let you know.
I hesitated to share this so soon as I’m still nervous about what to do next. I’m taking a ton of classes at the moment so at least I’ll be busy. But, I’ll miss all of you! It’s been a long journey! But I’ll go as the LORD leads….so maybe just see you later for now?
(Remember to come back tomorrow for potentially the last post on JMTR.)
I’m wearing Zara SALE from head to toe: