For 5 years I put my blog first and whatever job second. I would post 2-3 times a week and spent hours on Photoshop building the perfect article. I wrote on the train ride into work, Sunday afternoons at Barnes & Noble, and I swear writing even cured my hangovers. After a while it killed me that I couldn’t give this blog my all because of the job I had. My parents agreed to give me 6 months focus on my blog if I worked hard and made enough money. I was 23, fearless, passionate… And in for a ride.
Everything was going well in the beginning. I had more time to network my ass off and build relationships with people in the fashion and entertainment industry. Phone call with Leah Jenner? No problem. Interview Carmelo Anthony? Done. You could no longer find me in Barnes & Noble, I was a girl on the go and no one could stop me.
I challenged myself to make every post more creative than the last. It wasn’t just a “blog post” it was a full on slide show with graphics, a Instagram flipagram, a photoshoot- it was my baby. I taught myself new tricks and took a course at NYU to learn how to code and use HTML.
About 5 months later and a very low income from my sponsored posts, I started having second thoughts. On top of that, something I loved, my therapy, wasn’t fun anymore. It dawned on me that my time was almost up, and that was ok.
At first I thought maybe I wasn’t ready. That’s probably true, but when are we ever really ready start a new career or a new beginning? Many of us feel we’re ready, but never take the chance. Well, I’m happy I took mine.
It’s been almost a year at my current job and I continue to be humbled by the fact that I don’t know it all. There’s so much left to learn and I’m excited to go to work everyday knowing I’ll be faced with a new challenge.
In the end, I’ll always believe in chasing a dream but I’m no longer afraid that dream is running away from me. We’ll meet again soon.
I love your blog and the way you wrote these essays:) and i’m a blogger that has just started up!
Thank you! And good luck with your new blog :)
Proud of you Dayna. You are such a talent and you will find your way. Keep on Dreaming. xoxo. Helen
Thanks Helen! I miss you and would love to meet up this summer. Hope all is well.
does this mean you aren’t blogging anymore?
I’ll still be blogging! I just won’t be doing it for the same reasons as I was…and maybe not posting as much as I wish I could be. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been writing more lifestyle posts because I find it feeds my soul more than a fashion post. I love fashion, hell I work in fashion! but I’m not the type of person who likes taking selfies and pictures of myself for money and attention :)