I started this blog a little over a year ago while living in Australia and it’s grown so much since then and has done better than I really ever expected it too. Over the past year, I’ve been trying to find my footing, my niche, what works, what doesn’t, etc. and this has been hard! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t like limiting myself to simply one topic because I have a lot of interests and passions and if I only pick one I wouldn’t be true to myself, and at the end of the day that’s what this blog is – and extension of myself.
However, although I may not be narrowing my niche down to just one thing in particular, I do now have a better idea of what it is I want out of my blog, and what posts I prefer to write and what my overall mission with this blog is. At this end of this post there will be a link to my first-ever reader survey and I would be so grateful if you would take it and give me your feedback about the blog as honestly as possible to improve it for you and for me.
You may have noticed in the past few months I have been doing fewer recipe, beauty and books posts. I still enjoy all of these things, but I’ve found I really prefer to write about travel, lifestyle and fashion the most. I haven’t decided if I’m getting rid of these categories entirely or perhaps condensing into one “other” section, but I think my blog is going more in the direction of travel and living an authentic life.
An authentic life, what does that mean? You know, I asked myself this too and for a while, I hated the phrase. I found it to be a little pompous and self-aggrandizing. I found it to be self-indulgent and I thought people who said they were leading “authentic” lives were just a little too into themselves. Whether this is what specific people mean by this or not is beside the point, but to me, leading an authentic life means acknowledging your fears, accepting your flaws and working to improve yourself and your life. Doing what makes you happy, not settling for less and going out and trying to achieve your dreams even if you have some crappy bits in the middle. The crappy bits are awful, but unfortunately, life’s going to throw them at you anyway. An authentic life just means you’re real. You aren’t trying to pretend to be something you’re not, and that’s something I can get behind.
In a world where everyone online is portraying themselves in the best light possible and only showing the highlights and best bits about their lives, I want to be real and I want my readers and my friends to know that I’m not perfect, I’ll never be perfect and it’s totally ok and normal that you’re not perfect too. Because at the end of the day, it’s about what you do with your life and how it makes you feel and I want my posts to reflect that.
Whether it’s about accepting and dealing with disappointment, struggling with body image, or learning that it’s ok to grow out of friendships, I want my posts to inspire you but also to help you lead what I consider an authentic and fulfilling life. I don’t know it all but I’ve learned a few things in my 24 years and if any of my advice or experience can help someone else, then great.
To me, travel is a huge part of my life so travel will always remain an integral part of this blog. Whether you personally love to travel or not, I hope that you enjoy my travel posts if nothing else to just look at some nice pictures and maybe learn a thing or two, because learning can be fun (now that we’re no longer at school).
I’m still not totally sure where this blog is going, but I know what’s at the heart of it and I’ll only continue to try to inspire you to be better while I try to do that for myself at the same time. It’s a journey we can take together.
I would love if you could take my reader survey about the blog. It should take you around five minutes, no more than 10 if you’re being in-depth. I encourage you to leave me brutally honest answers, as I want to make this a space that we all love and enjoy and to do so I need to know how you all truly feel about things.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and for taking my survey. I appreciate your time and effort and thank you for the constant support and dedication you give to this blog and to me.