I’ve thought about writing this post for some time now. I thought it was important to walk you through where I’m in my life and how I got here. It has taken me quite some time (still going through the motions) to be able to identify myself as “blogger”. You see a few years back my career plans were completely different. Since my volunteer trip to Uganda in undergrad I pretty much knew that I wanted to travel and work in the field of international human rights…maybe work in a refugee camp or at the United Nations. Between my undergraduate years, graduate degree and travel time-you can say that I dedicated 10-12 years to making that goal a reality. But three years ago, during my last year at NYU, I decided I was no longer happy and found myself confused and started brainstorming on ways that I could make my life happier while continuing to talk about important issues. I created this lifestyle blog because I had a vision/plan to keep making a difference in the world but to do it my way.
Today I can tell you that starting this blog was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve grown more as person in the last two years professionally and personally than I could have ever imagined. I’ve had to learn how to be disciplined, resourceful, confident, humble and patient. I totally have a million and one emotions a day about taking this on full-time…for example, there are days I wake up and feel like I can conquer the world and other days I want to cry and wonder if I know what the fuck I’m doing! But what keeps me going is my intuition and the support from my husband, friends and family. The joy they get from reading my posts and their feedback is everything to me and fills me with so much happiness.
When I look back at my professional and personal life thus far, I realize a few things: ALWAYS listen to your intuition, make sacrifices in order to achieve your vision and goals, have people around you that inspire you and support you, and most importantly remember that you are never to old to be your best self.
Finally, as I continue to find my voice in today’s digital space, I hope to inspire each and every one of you to be your fabulous self and to always find time to give back.
“Finding and nurturing your best self requires a lot of work and discipline. You have to constantly critique yourself and make sure you’re not delusional, and make sure you’re not angry. It’s a lot of work. Everything is an effort. Every SINGLE thing is an effort”-DVF
So beautiful and pefectly said
thank you Arielle!!! XOXO