Hey beautiful, guess what day it is? <insert track music for Tony Toni Tone’s song anniversary> Its my blogiversary, made for you and me (haha). To be honest, I can’t believe that I made it to year two as a blogger. No, not because I didn’t believe that I could do it, but because the year came with so many personal life challenges that forced me to rise to the occasion – even when I may not have felt like it. It’s the year that I experienced and discovered the true essence of womanhood after colliding head on with my new reality of divorce (in process), child custody battle, abuse (unbeknownst to me that it existed in my marriage), single motherhood and “reclaiming” my independence, all the while pursuing my passion (styling, blogging, including being a great mother).
Of course these challenges demanded (and continues to demand) the required process it takes for my personal growth. At this particular point, I’m pleased with knowing that my growing pains was an opportunity for me to learn more about who I am, my purpose and to become more of the person I am called to be (#blessed). But I’m sincerely grateful for my strength and God’s love (not to mention my amazing support system) because regardless of what I’ve been up against, to me, my future is so much greater than the adversities (which are temporary) and giving up was never an option.
I talked about how my blog started in the past and how its changed (see my one year blogiversary post here). As I go through my personal development, it’s only right that my blog goes under some development too. So let’s talk more about and touch on what I believe lies ahead for the future of SMF.
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On my blog I believe that being candid about my life’s journey is important and a benefit because many of us share similar paths. It’s great to share the latest fashion trends and outfit inspo’s with you, but I think providing tips on how to dress as you are going through phases of your personal development would be encouraging and useful too. Putting together a look is more than just throwing something on because its cute and on trend. Style is a reflection of you, your story, your journey (transcending from the struggles to evolving and living your best life). Your experiences can help you shape a more purposeful look that speaks of you.
To this end – we all experience stumbling blocks in life that we sometimes can’t figure out for the life of of us how we’re gonna get through it and what the end of the trial is going to look like for us and our future. What we should know is that the process requires work in order to birth this newer version of you. And birthing a new style is par for the course as you transition from one phase to the next. Style is great in that way. How to implement your style while being reshaped is what I want to show a little more of through my personal odyssey on the blog.
In celebration of Style Me Fancy’s second year (year two) I say thank you, thank you, thank you – for allowing me the opportunity to speak to you on the topics of style, fashion and lifestyle (and some beauty). For trusting my opinion and skill. For giving me a chance to do something I love and enjoy. Like any career journey you embark on, blogging has been one of many challenges, but inspiring, nurturing and gratifying.
Do you have any favorite posts on Style Me Fancy? Are there any posts that you were inspired by? Anything you’d like to see more of going forward? Would love to hear from you. Xx
In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you. Andrea Dykstra