How Blogging Completely Changed My Life

It’s been 2 years since I started my blog and nothing has made me happier. As a result of starting my blog, I  found out my personal mission, the best career path for my skills, and what I wasn’t going to tolerate in mu life: friendships, situations, everything.

A lot of the times you’ll hear bloggers talk about how they quit their full-time jobs after several months or years of blogging. Well it’s been the opposite for me. It’s always been the opposite goal for me and quite honestly I feel awkward for wanting to work and run my blog at the same time, like it’s some opposite cliche blogger success story.

So I want to share and explain my story – not because a blog is some sort of holy grail of salvation, but because it’s super personal and not every success story needs to involve well, success.

Here’s how my blog changed my life:

 

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Took me on a new career path

Before I was blogging I was attending a post bacc program at a medical school so I could earn the premed credits needed to take the MCAT. My bachelors degree was in History and Anthropology, thinking I would one day study those in greater detail. But medicine was by passion protect – I wanted to find a way to help those who also suffered from Steven Johnsons Syndrome, maybe even find a cure.

As I sat in statistics class in my post bacc, I realized the program I was in was draining me emotionally. Math and chemistry were never A, B, or sometimes even C classes for me. I just didn’t get good grades.

So I opened up my laptop and started writing while in class (bad, I know), but it made me happy. That night I bought the domain to The Petite Bijou, set up hosting, and published my first post – a mediocre (but fun) post on my new maple and brown sugar candle. I loved talking about my decor! Over the next 3 months, I started introducing outfit and beauty posts. 3 months in, I got my first sponsored collaboration.

I also started to get serious about social media management, blogging, and pitching brands. I researched and practices until I started doing tasks like that for other bloggers. About 5 months into the program, I quit. My skill and talent was always in communication. I held PR and social media internships throughout college. Half a year later I started in my current marketing graduate program and I am so happy I made the switch!

I graduate this may, am self employed, and on my way working full time at a marketing position!

 

Taught me who really supported me

I guess you can say I never really had close friends. In high school and throughout college, I had people I would hang out with on occasion, but only a few people who would go out of their way to invite me. This isn’t something that made me bitter, but it did make me sad. I never had high expectation from anyone, and it’s still hard to have those.

When I started my blog, none of the people I was close to even read it, shared it, or followed my socials. It wasn’t until I started growing that they started noticing. And by that time I had moved on. When you start a passion project, you’ll learn quickly who is there to support you.

I am most supported by my close blogging friends! So don’t be afraid to do meet ups if you feel alone in this space. We are here for you.

 

Taught me about being creative

It’s not enough to just post a half assed picture anymore (pardon my french). Which is why somedays I don’t post at all. Blogging has taught me that you need to be more creative and unique than you think you already are. It challenges you to wear all hats: marketing, public relations, creative. It challenges you to create beautiful words, images, and actions.

Above all, blogging teaches you skills that are useful in every aspect of your life – negotiations, communications, and aesthetics.

 

Taught me about knowing my worth

My first brand collaboration was a pretty neat feat. But as time went on, I started getting a lot more requests for brand collars. However, I was spending too much time and money making the magic happen for these brands. I invested in professional photography, fast site updates, etc. Blogging started becoming an expensive hobby.

I knew I needed to get paid for the work I was doing and so I did just that. At first it was really scary asking for over $50, then over $100, but all of what I earned got invested back into my business so I didn’t have to work harder to cover the expenses. The blog pays for itself now and it allows me to enjoy creating content for my readers.

My advice: if you’re a blogger, know what the minimum amount of $$ you’re willing to work for and don’t go any lower than that! But also make sure you have the skills to back it up.

 

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So, my blog isn’t my salvation, but it does make me happy. And I hope if you’re a blogger, you don’t feel the pressure of doing the “I quite my full time job” route. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. And if you want to go back to work or school (like me!), then go for it! Your blogging success story is so unique – embrace it!

 

What has your blog taught you about life? What kind of blogger are you? Leave a comment below and include your blog website so we can all check it out!

 

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Have you ever regretted or missed not buying a dress? I regret not getting this off the shoulder dress from @ted_baker all the way back in August and now I'm thinking it would have been great for holiday parties. Do you know what you're wearing to any holiday events yet?
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Swipe left to see how I got rid of something not aesthetically pleasing from this picture 😱👻😂
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  • I need more lighthearted moments in my life. So here it goes. What’s on my gift wish list this season 🎁:
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▪️Gravity Blanket so I never have to get up
▪️Fuzzy slippers so when I do get up, at least my feet are warm
▪️FULL body massage because everything hurts & I’m stressed out to the max recently
▪️Sephora...like the whole store please
▪️But if that doesn’t work out, I’ll settle for a box of @drdennissgross peel pads, because at least I’ll look like I might own everything in Sephora ❤️ #peelpadglow
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Do you think I’ll be getting any of these? 😂 What’s on your holiday wishlist?
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  • Who is your celebrity look alike? I keep getting told I look like Dakota Johnson and Felicity Jones.
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This picture was from my shoot 2 weeks ago and today a puffy coat, scarves, a hat, and mittens are needed! 😱 I can’t believe how fast we have gone into winter. Feels like fall was only a few days long.
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There’s some end of fall blog posts up on the blog including my favorite way to detox after Thanksgiving. Click the link in my bio to read!
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  • LAUNCHED AND LIVE: the new Petite Bijou logo created by the very talented designer @desnoir
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I knew from the very start I wanted The Petite Bijou logo designed by Alaura. When I put together my first mood board, one of her logos caught my eye and I knew right away that Alaura was meant to bring my vision to life. A vision of a brand that resonated with the classically inspired woman.
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That was over a year ago. At the time, I didn't have a single penny to put towards my brand. But I knew it that a year from then, I would have the perfect logo.
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I built my mood board, looked at it everyday, and put every single dollar I earned from brand collaborations, affiliate sales, and advertising back into my brand. I started a new business just to fund my passion. I took on too many clients and burned myself out.
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A year later. I'm proud to say this blog isn't just a blog, but a brand that has brought an amazing community together. I hired my first assistant, redesigned the site, and found Alaura. And I'm happy to say that we've now added a contributing writer to the site - one of my very own readers who felt aligned with The Petite Bijou mission of providing wholesome yet sophisticated life and styling tips to women.
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I never intended this website to just be about me and my outfits. I want to share actual tips, reviews, and interesting editorial pieces. And the biggest motivation for me right now is hearing someone say "that's so Bijou" to me when they see something that would be a part of the brand that is elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful. You have no idea how amazing that is to hear! 😍
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I have to thank @desnoir for making my dream brand a reality with a stunning logo that is SO BIJOU.
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Here is the brand mantra that inspired it all: {Classic Elegance Simple Femininity, Intellectual Truths, Inspirational Mindsets}
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  • Raise your hand if you've seen this outfit before and it was labeled or hashtaged #frenchgirlstyle 🙋🏻‍♀️
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Whatever traditional stereotypes you have about how French women dress, throw them out. Because they certainly don't all walk around Paris with striped shirts and red berets (great style staples, but not a must). Today on ThePetiteBijou.com, I am sharing 5 fashion faux pas French women avoid. Click the link in my bio to read the post.
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At the heart of it, French women don't dress to "look" a certain way. It's all about having a wardrobe that fits their lifestyle, something we can learn from greatly. And while the outfit you see before you may be considered traditionally French, it is only one type of style choice that has become the epitome of The Parisienne...
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