The 2012 Blogger vs the 2018 Influencer: 6 Things I’ve Learned Over The Years, Part 2

A lot has changed since I hit publish on my very first post back in October of 2012. A LOT. OF. DRASTIC. CHANGES. Welcome back for Part 2 of things I’ve learned over the years!

Do your own thing

Being yourself seems like a no brainer, right? But honestly, over the years it’s become harder and harder to stand out. We all know that the blogging and influencer community has exploded over the last few years, and you constantly have to find new ways to be different. For me, I started noticing that sharing more of my personality, every day looks, and long form posts helped me stand out to those who follow me on social media and read my blog. There are people like Andrea, Jenn, Grace, and Olivia

You still love your career

This is super personal, but it’s something I’ve truly learned over the years. I LOVE having a job in this industry (one that offers 401k plans and healthcare too). The more I do this whole blogging thing, the more I realized I really do love my job. While some days are harder than others, I feel very lucky that I am able to do both of these things. This is a personal challenge for me: I push myself creatively, I show others that it’s possible to run a “successful” (who the heck defines success anyway?) website while having a 9-to-5 job, and I teach myself how to wear so many hats.

Embrace the blogging community

Since 2012, I’ve met and followed A LOT of people in this space. It can be seen as a blessing and a curse. But for me, I think it’s a blessing. A total blessing. Honestly, connecting with people from all over the world has changed me in the most positive way. I look back on younger self, and I feel a bit small-minded. But after connecting with others of different races, religions, backgrounds, hometowns, and industries, I’ve become so much more open-minded. The friends I’ve made in the blogging community is truly amazing: We bounce ideas off each other, we support each other, we feel like we’ve known each other for years even if we haven’t met in real life. These people just understand the industry that is so misunderstood, and I’m happy I have a great support system through it all!

As we head into 2019, I wanted to reflect on some big lessons I’ve learned in my six years of blogging (see part one here). I’ve changed just as much as the industry has over the years, and it makes me excited for 2019!

What are some of YOUR biggest lessons learned since the blogging world became an actual industry?

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  • Maybe one day the sun will come out and I’ll be able to feel it on my face😂🤷🏻‍♀️ But I’m not letting that ruin my Sunday! Heading to brunch with Matt’s fam then I might go see a show by myself! Any Broadway recs?! I’ve pretty much seen most of them butttttt send away!👏🏻🔥
  • HMMMM WHERE TO NEXT?🤭👀 These temps have me ready for some warm weather🥶  I’m already planning my travel schedule for the year and have two places pretty much set in stone: Scottsdale, AZ and CROATIA😍 .
What places are you planning to go to this year?! Let me know in the comments below and I’ll hook one winner up with a ☕️ gift card🙌🏼
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  • “There’s something about the New York City air that makes sleep useless.” ❤️ After a three day weekend filled with shoots, SoulCycle, errands, amazing company, and late nights, I’m feeling so lucky to be able to live in the greatest city in the world🙌🏼 #newyorkcity #nyc
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  • On Thursdays, we wear all black and tulle👀🤷🏻‍♀️ That’s how that goes, right? .
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  • Last night in my usual 6:30 @soulcycle class, @mantaszvinas said something that just stuck. He said, “Say your resolutions out loud.” And in that moment I realized something: I never said my resolution out loud to anyone. How am I supposed to be held accountable?
So in 2019, everything I do is going to have a purpose. Every blog post I publish, every Instagram post I curate, every email I send, every argument I make,  every thing I put in my body. WHATEVER. It’s all going to have a PURPOSE. Resolutions could be heavy weight that is constantly on your mind — but that’s not what I want this year to be. 2019 is going to be another year of growth, happiness, success, and yes, probably even failure. But damn, I’m ready for it🙌🏼
Your turn. Say your resolutions out loud. Let’s hold each other accountable👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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