I cannot believe it's my 1 year "blogiversary". Yes, apparently that is a thing! ;)
I don't really know where to start. I've written, and rewritten, this post multiple times. There are so many things I could, and want to, share with you! But after much ado, I've decided to reflect on the past year then end with a bang.... the future and my goals for this blog!
I started this blog because I found Zoella and Anna Saccone, and realized I could share my life in a creative way by doing and showcasing the things that I love. I love photography, fashion, DIY, baking, travel... all the things other people successfully blog about. I also suffer from anxiety and want to share my story. So I thought, "Hey! Why not start your own blog?!" I realized starting this blog that I would never become rich or famous blogging. And this still holds true. I have a career and blogging has always been an outlet for me. A way for me to inspire and connect with others; a place to learn and grow creatively. I believe that a lot of what I have accomplished in the past year has been reflected by this blog. I talk about the things I love and I'm slowly creating a space I am proud to call my own.
Me, me, me. Well this time last year, I was in my 4th year of pharmacy school, hoping and praying I would get a pharmacy residency... Now?! I'm graduated, you can call me Doctor ;-) and I'm currently working through my residency! Wow, what a crazy turn of events. I went from goals and dreams.. and having nothing figured out... to job, career, new city... and still a lot to figure out. I've grown as a person this year. Everything that I knew to be true was, and continues to be, challenged. I've had to work back through myself from a different angle, one that I had ever traveled before.
My blogging has come a LONG way since day 1. I've spent hours (and $$$) finally arriving on a blog layout that I am happy with. I did end up buying my blog template and my blog header, but that's mainly because I am no good at computer design. I can work any already made program, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, even Blogger, but writing code... consider me stumped!
I've spent time working on my photography... lighting, props, man it's a lot of work. I've started editing my photos with Photoshop, and if you go back to some of my first posts, you can see I've come a long way! I've starting learning what people like, and don't like (although my top 5 blog posts have nothing in common so I'm a little confused on that)
My blog has grown as I've absorbed and incorporated little tips and tricks I've learned along the way.
* GOALS * because what "new year's resolution" would be complete without them?! ;)
My main goal over the next year is to try to make myself and my blog relatable. What I love about Zoella and Anna Saccone is that I feel connected to them;
I feel like they are or could be friends in my life, that parts of the life they live are things I strive for. I look to them to inspire and m
otivate me, to give me
fashion and makeup advice... I love watching the SacconeJoly family grow and I really want that to come across in my blog. I'm a real person and I want you to feel like you are a part of my life!
That's one of the reasons I only ever use my own photos!
I also want to have better photos. Taking the time to stage your photos, with the right light, is nearly impossible for me most days. I work 7-5:30 (+ or -) every day and every 3rd weekend. I want my blog to be better so instead of just taking whatever random photo of the day I have, I want to be able to set aside time to create, even if that means taking all my photos on one day and blogging each week in advance! I also plan to take my camera with me more often, embarrassing as it is, because iPhone pictures are just not the same!
I cannot wait too see where the next year takes us! Thanks for every comment, view, like, and share! I appreciate all of you more than you know. I am so happy and so proud of my blog. It's come a long way and I cannot wait to see what it looks like a year from now! Here's to a bright future!