Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blogaversary: A Reflection

As I look back over the past year, I can’t help but smile at the things I have learned through blogging. It’s been over a year, and this post is way overdue, but I wanted to share this with you, my blog friends.

{Fashion Leap: Maxi Skirt and Bare Arms}

Fashion
Over the last year my fashion-style has changed considerably.  I say evolved, but it is evolving more and more every day thanks to blogging.  I believe the experiences over the last 10 years of my life had shaped my fashion sense, and left me in a rut.  The professional positions I worked required me to wear suits and business dress during the day, with my off hours attired in sweat pants and t-shirts.  I really didn’t know how to bridge the gap between my professional and my personal wardrobe.
When I was dressing for occasions outside of work I felt like I looked like a Real Housewife, jeans, heels and an embellished tank and cardigan.  I am not saying this is a bad look, believe me, I still wear versions of this to work and events now.  I just wasn’t dressing my age or to my liking. 
My shopping habits pre-blogging consisted of trips to Macy’s where I would pick up a few pairs of CK jeans, tops, etc. with little room for creativity and my own style.  My makeup routine consisted of Lancôme products mainly, my hair was blow dried straight everyday, and my jewelry was the same pieces rotated in and out. 

{New Hairstyles and Bold Makeup}
Then came blogging. And style inspiration. And curly hair. And wavy hair. And braided hair.  And breaking out of my comfort zone. And where I am today. Like I said before, my style is still evolving, but has made considerable leaps from where it was previously. 

{Sequins}

Some of my new (favorite) style trends: maxi skirts, animal print, sequins, skinny jeans, boots, scarves, statement jewelry, and a variety of new beauty products which have been inserted into my daily routine.

{Fashion Leap: Cat Eye Glasses}


Social

I would have to say this is the change that means the most to me, the social aspect.  Due to the fact that I had to leave college early and go to work full time, I never really had true friends.  I’ve had acquaintances over the years, but no true girlfriends who I can tell anything to.  At times this bothers me, but then I remember I have something better than ‘true girlfriends,’ I have a sister. My sister Lyn has been my rock, my fortress, my best friend, my confidant, my counselor, and my sounding board for 26 years now. Although it hurt, I always took solace in the fact that I didn’t need friends; I had my siblings and my work acquaintances.  Then I moved away from my family.

{My Sister & BFF Lyn}
Since moving to Virginia, I have had the worst time trying to make friends.  I am a fish out of water.  And this time, I don’t have my sister; she’s a couple hundred miles away.  I just don’t fit in here, and it’s not for a lack of trying.  I’ve met women through school, work, and church, and nothing ever sticks and I don’t understand it! Is it because I don’t have children? Is  it because I’m not from here? I personally don’t see them as being reasons to not friend someone, but maybe I brought out insecurities in people?
My sister in law Dawn told me people make friends based on shared experiences, such as college students, new moms, working moms, etc.  It was a light bulb moment!  And I was more than happy to resign myself to having family as my friends for the rest of my life.

{Siblings}

{Family}
 
{A New Sister!}
 
{Sisters & Nieces}
Then came blogging. And ‘meeting’ numerous women just like me, women who enjoyed magazines, fashion, style, and other pretty things. I immediately felt at home, like I belonged. I didn’t feel like the odd man out anymore, I found my people! Being isolated in the middle of Virginia I haven’t gotten the chance to meet any blogging friends face to face yet, but for now Twitter, Facebook, instagram and Skype fill my void. Thank you blogging ‘friends,’ you have given me reasons to smile.
The past few months have been on the cruddy side, and my blog has given me reasons to smile daily.  It forces me to concentrate on the positive, finding new ways to make my readers smile, interacting with blogging friends, and more importantly distracting me from issues I have no control over.  The escape the blog provides me through pretty perfection, pinterest, social networking, etc. has kept me sane!

What does blogging mean to you?

16 comments:

  1. The more I read your blog, the more I realize we have in common. I'm in Northern Virginia! So cool.

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  2. Congrats on your blogiversary, girl! I love best the part about trying new styles and trends...blogging has totally done that for me too!

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  3. We reallly need to hang out more! My group of friends are always glad to add an extra person to split a bottle of wine with. ;)

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  4. Happy blogiversary!! It is so wonderful to read all of the things that you have discovered through blogging. I have to say my experiences are somewhat similar. Hope you have more great blogging years ahead!

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  5. Happy anniversary. I'm happy to hear that blogging has done this for you. I just started and its already doing this for me congrats!!

    -Chantal

    Www.stilldeeper.blogspot.com

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  6. Happy Blogiversary! I to have meet so amazing people from blogging too. Also it has help me learn that I don't need new stuff all the time. That I can work with what I have in my closet.

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  7. Congrats, here's to many more my chic blogging pal!
    Xo Megan

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  8. I love hearing about your blogging experience. I started blogging after I graduated, and all of my friends moved away. My bf was (and still is) in med school so he's really busy too...so I was really lonely. blogging means I have friends being creative and beautiful all over the country!

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  9. I'm so glad that you shared this post. Sometimes I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to the social aspect. I've always been a bit of a guys girl. I have a few close girlfriends, but none of them live near me anymore. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have my girly connections through blogging.

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  10. Congrats on your blogiversary! So existing! You sound like such a strong person! Is so hard to make friends in a completely different place, and I don't know if I could move so far from my family!

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  11. Fabulous, so pretty and stylish, lovely pics.
    Parfum pas cher

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  12. my goal this year is to go out and actually do blogging events and meet people! I'm dreadfully shy.

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  13. pS Thank you so much for your comment on my nails that made my day!

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  14. Congrats on you Blogiversary!!! Amy, I loved this post of yours. Blogging has taken you on such an amazing journey (and still more amazingness to come I'm sure!). I love that you found comfort and happiness out of blogging, it just goes to show your little space on the net can be so much more and can impact your life in such a big, positive way! Keep blogging, I will always keep reading! :)

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  15. Happy Blogiversary! we <3 you! :)
    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  16. Happy Blogiversary!!! I completely agree with the impacts blogging has had on your life, I see them in my life too. I don't think I would have been able to handle moving away from everyone I know if it wasn't for blogging friends! I'm so glad we connected- what I liked most about your blog when I first visited was your confidence. It inspired me! So glad we're friends :)

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