Another Monday is here, which means it’s time to get caught up in another installment of “Weekend Recap“. If you are not familiar with this, it’s just me getting personal with you. Sharing things I’ve learned, what I did over the weekend, and even items I’m loving! I figured this would be a great way for you to get to know be better, and I hope you enjoy!
Speaking of getting personal, it has been brought to my attention a lot that a blogger’s life may seem perfect, staged, and even easy. As a “blogger” myself, I’m here to tell you the TRUTH. Let me take you back a little bit. I’ve held a job since I was 15. I became independent, and worked myself into higher up positions no matter where I was, or what I did. Even in college, I strived to be on the Honors list, and I did for three years. I always knew, deep down, that one day I wanted to have my own business. So, I worked everyday to learn what it takes to have that. I started my “fashion blog”, 4 years ago (right after college), sharing random fashion moments. My blog was “random”, but my thought process was, “I love fashion, and I want to be a part of the industry. This will be my way“. A year later, after receiving some collaborations with brands, getting married, moving, and starting my 45-50 hour a week job, I decided to “go all in” (one thing was never enough for me, I had to have multiple things happening in my life at once). So, for three years now, I’ve been working on making A Daydream Love my priority and personal business. For those that do “blogging” the right way (no follower buying, follow/unfollow, or loop giveaway), know that this is a 24/7 job. I speak for others when I say that, we almost never stop. Emails come in at all times of the day, and even night. Planning content for not just the blog, but Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email Newsletters, Pinterest and constantly having to work with new algorithms and changes in the social media world. Not too mention, that we have to shoot the content, edit pictures, read contracts, negotiate, go to events, decorate and even stage beautiful backdrops to create a story for you! Why do we do it? Some may think it’s because we get “free stuff”, but for those with a heart and passion for this industry do it because we want to inspire you, and show you a way to do something that isn’t in a book or magazine.
The TRUTH is that I struggle just like everyone else. Last year, I not only lost my Grandpa, I stepped away from my job in the family business, learned what it was like to be at ground 0 with work, felt the strain and pressure of trying to make my dreams a reality, cried because I didn’t know what I was doing with my life, or if I was good enough for this industry, felt confused about my next steps, and had multiple failed attempt at trying to go in other directions with my life. That was just last year, in years prior I have felt stress to the point where my body started giving up on itself and I couldn’t even think clearly, thus bringing on this thing called “anxiety”. All the while I still kept growing with A Daydream Love because I had a growing passion to create. It is NOT easy, but this is something that I want, and I’m working for it everyday, 24/7. Even when I’m sleeping, I’m thinking about things I could do. As a “blogger”, I may look like I have it all together, but I’m here to bring a little bit of inspiration this small part of the internet-so yes, sometimes it’s staged, and decorated. We all have different dreams and goals in life, for some it’s being a mom, a news reporter, becoming a stylist, interior decorator, photographer, traveling etc… I’m here to say that I’m just like you, working and striving to make my dreams and goals a reality. I get my hands dirty too. While I want to be “real” with you all (and I’ve never not been), I also want to inspire you, brighten your day, help you style your outfits, and make you smile. I hope this helps you all understand a little bit more about “bloggers” and what we do, what I do specifically.
So, this past weekend I enjoyed some time with friends at Gasparilla, and then with family for my brother’s birthday. Gasparilla is so much fun, but it’s also straight madness. My Tampa people will know what I mean. We will do anything for those beads won’t we? Walking for miles, screaming so much our voice disappears, and getting lost in the crowds. All the while we are laughing, and having fun. It’s important to have weekends in life. We all need a small break to let our week go, and have a fresh start to a new week.
Things I’m Loving:
I have spring fever. This $25 palm print sweatshirt is a great way to transition into spring!
How cute is this mug? Get your day started with a little smile and something pretty (and coffee of course)