I published my first blog post on November 12th, 2015 which you can find here. On that post, the photography was sub-par and the writing was short and sweet. All together I think I was a different person back then.
A lot has changed in the past 2 years: I’ve traveled more than I ever had before in my whole life, I’ve met some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever known, and I’ve seen the world in a whole new way as an expat living in Rome. Safe to say, I think I’ve grown as a person overall. I hope those who know me personally would agree.
I started this blog 2 years ago because I’ve always had a love for writing and expressing myself one way or another, which is why I graduated in Communications 5 years ago from Charleston Southern University. My dream was to work for a magazine, and it’s still something that I would love to pursue in the future. For now, my blog is my own “magazine” and a place where I can freely talk about everything I love – travel, beauty, style, relationships, and everything else in between.
Having a presense online and sharing ones life with anyone and everyone in the world requires a certain kind of humility. Allowing others to take a glimpse into your world and freely judge you, offers up the potential for some not-so-nice comments. On the flip side, finding the right online community can be extremely rewarding and it can often be the boost you need to keep going. The occasional compliment or inquiry on how I was able to drasticaly change my life and move overseas is inspirational fuel for me.
In my blog I talk about places I’ve traveled to, books I’ve read, my family, and even my 5-year relationship. Throughout the past couple of years, I can thank blogging for connecting me with many amazing women, some who I’ve never met in person but feel like I’ve known them for much longer than I have because of this space, like- Katie at The Hostel Girl , Emily from Coat + Coffee, Marina from Me Exploring , and Blessing from The Fallible Queen. Thank you ladies for not only supporting my blog but for also being… friends.
Blogging has also allowed me to have a creative hobby outside of my ‘real job’ where I can express my ideas, create travel guides, and make an impact for those out there listening. I discovered how collaborative the blogging community is by attending a Blogger Union meetup for the very first time when I lived in Fort Lauderdale, FL in the spring of 2016. Shortly after, Jared and I moved to Italy and I felt as if I had lost that collaborative community. But instead of not doing anything about it, I decided to take action into my own hands and start a Rome Bloggers chapter as an extension of The Blogger Union. I also have Paola (founder of The Blogger Union) to thank for helping me get started with that and believing in my vision of making it happen. I’ve met so many amazing and talented people here in Rome that I probably wouldn’t have known otherwise if it wasn’t for these meetups.
I’ve also collaborated with some great businesses and brands that I really love on my blog, such as, Mylkbar– a nail salon, Candlefish– a candle store, GPS My City– a travel app, Tommi’s Burger Joint– the best burgers in Rome, Winter in Rome– a blogger weekend with several different participating companies, and Flair Magazine- in collab to create my Rome City Guide.
Although blogging is fun and totally worth it in the end, it’s not always easy. Creating new content, having time to take photos, writing interesting posts that you think others will enjoy reading…it can sometimes be discouraging if you don’t think anyone is listening or reading. I have heard from many people that they want to start a blog, but are hesitant because they don’t think anyone will read it. In this case, just like with anything else in life, you just have to start. This is always the hardest part.
I’m not sure which direction this blog will head in the future but I hope to continue to update it weekly with my adventures, interests, and any other life changes… and I hope you will continue to come back to check out my little space of the internet.
Of course, I would love to hear from you too so feel free to email me or follow me on social media if you want to connect. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
To read my one year blogaversary post, click here.
“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
All my love,