Thank you to QVC for compensating me for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
Women Made Products
As a lot of you know, I started my blog while I was in my third year of law school at USD in San Diego as more of a creative outlet than anything else. I mean, who wouldn't want an escape from those intensely wordy law books?! Haha just kidding, I actually really really loved law school. But I also have always really loved fashion and ideally, my hope was to combine the two by finding a corporate law position for a fashion house (hey Dior, you hiring?!) haha. So I started my blog in hopes of sneaking my foot in the door somewhere by making some connections. But then Ben got a job in Arizona and, with the lack of fashion houses headquartered in the desert state I was at a bit of a crossroads: take a second Bar exam or pursue my blog full-time and turn it into a business.
Now, I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. And the thought of working for myself has always been at the forefront of my dreams. When I was a kid I had always envisioned myself at the top, kicking butt and taking names. I mean, who wouldn't want that for themselves? But I would have never imagined I could turn my creative hobby into a career that I love.
It was a little scary and daunting to turn my blog into a full-time job - but sometimes you just have to jump head first into the water and start swimming. And I am so glad I did.
Why I blog
I get to be my own boss
What I love most is that I get to be my own boss and run my own business. I love working for myself, setting my own hours and having the flexibility of working from home, which allows me to spend as much quality time with my baby girl as I possibly can. To me, that is priceless. She is my everything and I do what I do for her. Even before she was born, that was my goal.
I have no roof
When you have your own business, you are building an asset. One you could even someday sell if you decided to. And I get out of my business what I put into it. I am only limited by my creativity and willingness to put in a little elbow grease. Unlike working for someone else, my income isn't capped and instead of making someone else rich, I get to walk away with what I worked for. Heck yes.
I can office from anywhere
I love that I get to work from home with Forensic Files playing in the background (my guilty pleasure haha) and that I am able to take breaks to play with my little angel when she wakes from her naps. Or, if I need to get out, I can meet up with friends and office at a yummy coffee shop or restaurant.
And speaking of coffee... The coffee is better
Oh, your office doesn't have Nespresso?! Just kidding, they probably do. But I like to drink mine on a couch.
I get to experience women supporting women
I also love that I get to connect with all of you. That I can engage with like-minded people from all over the world and hopefully make a positive impact on them. To share our lives with you and find friendships and support from strangers who can, in turn, find the same from me.
I have met so many incredible women from my blog, some of whom are now my very close friends. And what a cool world that we live in where we can connect with others and create friendships from this little thing called the internet (you know, the one Al Gore invented). Haha, but in all seriousness, one of the things I find most inspiring is women openly supporting other women and lifting each other up. And I've seen it from the get-go: that time Julia Engel was so kind to take over my blog for the day when I needed to put my head down and study for the Bar. Not competition, just friends. And when I chose to share our infertility struggles with the world I was petrified. But our heartache was met with an outpouring of love and support from utter strangers, and that is just straight up awe-inspiring. You know my friend Kim Lapides? Yup, we met online and genuinely love and support one another wholeheartedly. I know I can text her anytime and ask for personal or work advice and get a straight up honest answer. And I've met some other pretty incredible blogger gal pals who we all genuinely want to see the other succeed. It is my belief that the way to success is to be willing to help someone else get there too.
I get to be creative
And another aspect of my blog that I really love is that I get to be creative. I have always been more right brained than left, and I love being able to write (English was always my best subject in school), take and edit photos (I spend hours every day just playing around with edits for the heck of it haha) and coming up with fun creative concepts for looks, shoots, and editorials.
I get to choose who I work with
And lastly, I also really love my blog because I get to work with some pretty incredible people and brands who I truly love and want to support. Brands that not only align my style and blog aesthetics, but brands that do good, like QVC. Which is why I am collaborating with them today in this blog post. In honor of International Women's Day QVC has chosen to empower women and highlight that anyone with a dream can take a dare and do it in their #DreamDareDo campaign. QVC and participating vendors are generously donating a minimum of $250,000 (amount may increase) to benefit Nest, a global nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of women by supporting female artisans who might not have the resources they need to flourish. How cool is that?!
So in honor of women supporting women, in today's blog post, I am highlighting some female made products on QVC.
I would love to hear in the comments below how you have supported other women. It can be as small as actively handing out compliments to brighten someones day to giving another a shout out on social media to boost their small business or donating to fellow female friends to help in their time of need. Let's spread some extra love this International Women's Day.