I am at two years and counting with my Fashion and Adventure Blog- Naturally Far Out. It has been an amazing two years, and I’m loving blogging more than the day I started. There is something about it that is so comforting and rewarding. Blogging makes you feel that you are putting out content for others to read and learn from. Sometimes people need some guidance, and I love providing my guidance with positive words, a chic fashion sense, and my true personality.
I 100% believe in showing all of you my true colors. I am a fashion blogger, and I do have a lot of clothes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with real life issues. One thing I think many bloggers never talk about is there struggles with being a blogger. One struggle I have with being a blogger is it can be difficult to buy ten plus outfits a month. Sometimes the money just isn’t there, and I can’t get down about that. That is life and there is no way I am going to put myself in a financial struggle over some clothing for my blog.
Money is a topic amongst my peers and really anyone of any age that always seems to be a challenge. I would love to have the Gucci Loafers, but right now I have to have the dupes. I do find myself splurging sometimes for something fancy and nice. I’d say the last fashion item I splurged on was my Louis Vuitton Handbag (which I’m so glad I did), but sometimes I find myself asking why I did it. What does this expensive bag really provide for me? Do I really need it?
We all get caught up in the name brands of clothing. That’s a second struggle I have with being a blogger. Brands, Brands, Brands. We want what everyone else is wearing. I see many bloggers with Gucci, Chanel, and the list goes on with the brands I see some bloggers wear. Oh gosh I always want it all. Fashion bloggers are really your stylist. They want to help you get dressed, and have you in the cutest stuff on a day-to-day basis. That’s why you love them, right?
I’d love to show you how I’d style those luxury brands, but for right now- I’ll be staying in my price point. I have always said I never want to be that person to “Keep Up With The Joneses”. I also know I do not own any money. Money can not be owned, money is an object and can easily be gone. When you buy something- that money turns into an object, which then turns into a liability. It’s all just a cycle. Maybe you don’t have the same views on money as I do, but in the end it’s never yours. Just like with clothes! You may own the shirt with the brand name, but you don’t own the brand.
Brands own you and you are a walking billboard and free advertisement for many companies. We all love brands though. That is one thing that will never change. I love expensive brands, heck I love expensive things in general, but always live within your means. Don’t over spend because you want to show off. There are hundreds and thousands of people everyday who walk around with thousands of dollars in credit card debt, and that really scares me. I personally don’t have a credit card, because I feel I’m better off without one at this moment in my life. If I don’t have the money to buy the item I want at the time, then I don’t need it. Now please don’t think I’m hating on all you credit card carriers. I’m not! Credit cards can be so beneficial for building credit and helping you with certain expenses. I’m sure in the future I’ll find myself carrying one, but for now I love being without a credit card.
Now I know this isn’t the usual blog anniversary post, but when the creative words start to flow you just go with your gut. I truly think that not only bloggers have these struggles, but many people go through these struggles on a daily basis. We are all so easily influenced by others and that will never change. We just need to know what we can handle, and also know the joys may outweigh the struggles, and if they don’t get yourself to a point where they do.
My struggles are in no way a burden. I won’t let them be. I know some day I’ll be able to buy all the outfits I want for the blog, and post hopefully 3 times a week like I’ve wanted too. I’ll also need a photographer a lot often. I know some day I’ll splurge on the high dollar items more when the timing is right. I also know that I am blessed, and I provide for myself and am very comfortable with my life. There are people in this world that have significant struggles many of us wouldn’t understand. There are also people in this world that don’t even have running water, can’t bathe everyday, eat very little, and don’t even know what a computer is. These are the real struggles, and the struggles we might have experienced for a short period of time, but never experienced it at extreme levels.
My blog struggles are small struggles, therefore I can make it through. As I’m writing this I’m beginning to find out that my two blog struggles (that many of you experience I’m sure) are really not struggles at all. The best part about blogging is writing what you are passionate about and what you truly think. I think I’ve learned a lot about myself by writing this post, and to me that is what blogging is all about. Finding the true you through the words you share.
As always, thank you for reading.