Hello again, friends! Long time no talk. If you’ve been following along with my blog for a while now, you may have noticed that I haven’t been as active on my website or social media for the last few months.
Graduate school this semester really knocked me around. It was the first semester that I had to do clinical rotations where I shadowed a nurse practitioner and between those hours and the written assignments that went with it, the work takes up a lot of time. Not to mention being in enrolled in two very rigorous classes on top of that.
But I digress.
When I first started blogging, I knew that I wanted to be a lifestyle blogger. I love how lifestyle bloggers have the versatility to talk about so many different topics and I loved that. My mistake was niche-ing down to being a fashion blogger. Now don’t get me wrong, I love fashion! And there are so many amazing fashion bloggers out there with big and small follower groups that I still enjoy following them on social media. But after several months of fashion blogging, my writing quickly grew stagnant.
I didn’t realize how unhappy I was with my blogging niche until just a few weeks ago when I had posted a quick workout photo on my Insta stories and a follower of mine mentioned that they wanted more lifestyle blog posts such as my workout routine and things that were not quite in the niche I had narrowed myself down to. So then I started thinking about the reasons why fashion blogging was not giving me joy anymore.
Like I said before, I love fashion.
I love clothes, shopping, and all that retail therapy entails. But the realities of where I am in life at this moment just doesn’t leave room for a lot of materialism.
The Millennial Game of Life: Debt, debt and more debt…How can I possibly pay this off and still have a life?!
I’m a millennial woman in her mid-20’s with a college education and living with her long-term boyfriend. I am also a full time pediatric nurse and a part-time graduate student. I have student loans from undergraduate school as well as loans from grad school. There is a monthly car payment as well as apartment rent and living expenses to worry about.
Justin and I had a big talk a few weeks ago about finances. In the next year or two, we want to have both cars paid off, we want to get engaged, get married and eventually buy a house. So if saving those $$$$ is the name of the millennial game, I didn’t feel right going out and trying clothes on and being tempted to buy everything that was cute and “in style.”
A New Phase of Life: a New Blogging Niche
As I have mentioned in previous blog and IG posts, I have been trying really hard to live a healthier lifestyle. From eating healthier to being more active, both wellness and balance have been a big focus for me. With being a Type A person and being in graduate school, stress has been a constant companion. But by focusing more on self-care and listening to my body and being kind to it, I managed to get through this semester just fine.
Lifestyle + Wellness
Wellness for me is a journey that I hope to turn into a lifestyle. Feeling balanced and more in tune with yourself is the key to living with intention and becoming the best version of yourself. When I started my blog, I was hoping to encourage others to live these words by heart. But thanks to stress, self-doubt and the pressures of social media, I thought I needed to be someone else. But in reality I needed to find myself again.
And I think I’m one step closer to doing that. Ever since I started focusing on myself, I have felt lighter and more balanced. I may still post about my favorite Target finds or the cute outfit I found on Amazon from time to time, but for now, I am happy with this new direction that my writing is taking me in.
I hope you’ll continue the journey with me.