Dressing Up is Turning 1! What I've Learned, What's Changed and Where I'm Going...

Dressing Up Turns 1

The picture above left of Willow and I, is the first photo I ever took for Dressing Up. Little Willow was two and a half, Florence was six months old, and while I was loving being a Mum, for some reason I felt like I was drifting. Yes, I was finding my post pregnancy (and oh god I can't believe I had to have another c-section whhhhyyyyy??!!!) body uninspiring. And of course the idea of shopping with two kids and on a budget, not my idea of a good time. And that's if the clothes would even fit...

But that wasn't actually the problem. The problem was I am a person who thrives on a project. I had already done the interior of the house (um of course, crazy pregnant lady) and I had zero interest in going back teaching. I'm not really into cooking and there is only so much laundry one can get enthused about folding. I started up a Country Road buy and sell page so I could sell the baby clothes my kids were outgrowing and get more on my budget, and after another frustrating day of 'nothing to wear' I decided to start a buy and sell page for clothes I could actually wear. Then I started writing about where I was shopping and needed somewhere to house all the information - James told me that was called a blog. Huh. A blog....

A year on, I spend two days a week taking photos, online shopping (and trying really hard not to) writing blog posts and pitching for work. I have to put my hand up and ask the brands I have always known and loved to trust me to promote them...and hopefully to pay me for the work. It's hard, it's really hard. It's a hundred times harder than people realise when they first start a blog. But it is the BEST. Playing with fashion, talking to the women who read my blog (I LOVE you guys!) and learning everything there is about blogging makes me deliriously happy. The people I have met are awesome, the events I have gone to are so much fun, but more importantly I have found my purpose. My purpose is to raise other women up, to help them to love and appreciate their bodies and to help them feel confident by having access to awesome fashion that makes them look great. Hooray!

I have big plans for Dressing Up in the future, I can't wait to see where things are a year from now! And what I have learned is what I need to succeed is hard work, and the determination to learn what I need to know in order to make it work. Oh and grandparents to watch the kids sometimes!

A note to other girl bosses - if you don't feel like you are achieving at that thing you are doing every day (cough school/awful job), maybe it's not you. Maybe you just haven't found that thing yet. That thing that makes you tick and gets you up in the morning. I never thought I could have a job in fashion and I didn't know I could write. Also the pink hair, that was news to me - you don't know what is waiting a year in your future! Get out and experience new things, ask others what they do and get inspired! The job that is for you might be out there and just doesn't exist yet...but when it does...

xxx

Monique

 

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