Two Years And Counting

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.


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As always, thank you for reading.

Kierra

May 12, 2017
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22 Comments

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    Bernice

    May 19, 2017

    Congrats on two years of your fabulous blog! I love your bright, and stylish outfits! I hope your goals mentioned are someday met, but so proud of what you’ve done so far xx

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/05/20/Honest-Review-of-Romwe-Everything-Wrong-1

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      Kierra

      May 20, 2017

      Well thank you so much! You are too sweet.

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    Ellie

    May 20, 2017

    I’m five months and counting, haha!<3
    http://www.blogellive.com

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      Kierra

      May 21, 2017

      Well it is so fun. You will learn to love it even more.

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    Jackie

    May 21, 2017

    Woohoo🎉 Congrats on your two year anniversary! Isn’t amazing how quickly time passes up by. You should be proud of all that you have accomplished. And learned along the way. Blogging can be hard on the wallet but sometimes the sponsored blogs help with that. And finding the time to create great content and then the editing…it a lot of work. But it’s so worth it when you love your job.
    By the way, you look so beautiful in blush! That dress was made for you and I love those floral sandals.
    Hope your having a great weekend so far

    xo, jackie
    stylemydreams.com

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      Kierra

      May 21, 2017

      Right! It can be so difficult at time, but it’s all so rewarding. I loved this dress from the moment I received it in the mail.

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    The Hurried Hostess

    May 22, 2017

    I’m so happy for you for making it two years – that’s such a commitment! And also for not falling into the trap of debt just to make your blog work. It’s hard to stay ahead of the trends and be financially responsible about it, and you’re doing great!

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      Kierra

      May 23, 2017

      Thank you so much for that. Not many bloggers talk about the struggle and the balance. Thanks for your nice words.

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    Jolene

    May 22, 2017

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! Love this fresh outfit and your down to earth posts!

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      Kierra

      May 23, 2017

      Thank you, Jolene. I love to be up front and honest with people who follow and support me.

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    SYRETTA AVENT

    May 22, 2017

    To start, I love your entire outfit, especially the soft, blush hue of your dress. I understand totally the blogger struggle, as I sometimes become discouraged with the costs of everything I need to keep my blog running (paying for equipment, membership fees, & multiple platforms needed to keep my blog/social media afloat. While it can be tedious, it is worth it to be able to provide others with style guidance & creative content.

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      Kierra

      May 23, 2017

      It really is so rewarding. There is a lot that goes into it.

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    Jasmine

    May 22, 2017

    First of all congrats to your blog anniversary! And your whole outfit is on point girl, it’s so cute, I want to find something like that in my size lol! But I definitely understand you totally on the whole “keeping up with the Jones’s” idea, it’s hard sometimes b/c I think that I have to be in a certain tax bracket to get any acknowledgement, but that’s not why I started blogging. It’s my therapy, my escape from the craziness. Keep up the good work!

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      Kierra

      May 23, 2017

      Yes girl!! You are totally right. It can be difficult, but I started this blog because I love fashion and love showing my outfits to others. That’s what matters most.

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    Colleen

    May 22, 2017

    So happy to hear you still find blogging rewarding after two years…many don’t and struggle to find happiness and comfort in it. I agree with you…there are so many struggles out there that are way more important. Being passionate about your blog is what will get you through those days when you’re just not feeling it. P.S. You look stunning in this dress!

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      Kierra

      May 23, 2017

      Thank you, Colleen. Your words were so thoughtful. I greatly appreciate it.

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    Rachel Holliday

    May 22, 2017

    You look absolutely stunning in this pink dress hun! Happy blog birthday- I always enjoy reading 🙂 I really think it takes a lot more personal style and taste to dress in highstreet clothing. Anyone can throw on a D & G dress and look fantastic. You really rock everything you wear and it’s relatable- I don’t think that many women in their 20s can afford high end designer.

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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      Kierra

      May 23, 2017

      I think you are right about that. If only we could, Rach. That would be the dream.You are right about having relatable fashion. I think there is a big difference.

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    Lisa

    May 23, 2017

    Congratulations! It’s a lot of hard work and you are looking GREAT as you celebrate.

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      Kierra

      June 2, 2017

      You are so sweet. Thank you so much.

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    MIchelle Heath

    May 24, 2017

    I just love your heartfelt sharing of your blogging struggles for your anniversary post. Plus your outlook on being financially savvy is heavily in tuned with how I view it too! I think it’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game of what other people have or can do in the blogging space. Stick with what you’re doing because I think it’s appreciated and relatable.

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      Kierra

      June 2, 2017

      Thank you, Michelle. I’m happy you enjoyed this post.

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