Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy Birthday S&S!



One year ago today, S&S launched! I first want to thank you for stopping by to check things out! Whether you have spotted an Instagram post here or there, whether this is your first time taking a peek, or whether you have been following along all year, it means a lot to me to have your support! The little compliments I receive in passing from family or friends make me so happy and give me the confidence to keep pursuing this little hobby of mine. 

To celebrate, I decided to treat myself to some ice cream! I headed downtown to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and started by sampling almost every flavor there. Jeni's has locations around the country and makes its ice cream with grass-grazed milk and local produce. I had heard a lot about Jeni's in Charleston and spent the first ten minutes sampling flavors (hello brambleberry crisp and toasted brioche with butter and raspberry jam). I finally settled on the lemon buttermilk tart frozen yogurt and one of the salty caramel ice cream sandwiches. After eating that quite quickly, we also tried wildberry lavender, pistachio and honey, and black currant lambic sorbet. So amazing.

This past year was full of playing with fonts, photography, colors, coding, fashion, food, textures, and timing. Seven&Stitch has definitely been a learning experience and in a state of constant change and evolution.  I started this blog for the simple purpose of having something to work toward and focus on during a tough life transition. It was something that I created 100% on my own and for myself. I never imagined it would turn into a creative hobby and a way to meet some amazing people. 

I have learned so much since I sat typing at this computer a year ago, and most of that extends beyond how to use blogger or photoshop. Here are my 7 (life) lessons learned while blogging:

1. Be kind, especially to yourself.  Not every outfit translates well to a blog post. Not every sentence comes out exactly as it should. In life, mistakes are unavoidable. The important thing to remember is that when you make a mistake, or when things don't exactly go as planned, be kind to yourself. Learn to forgive, learn to accept, and learn to grow. 

2. Confidence is key. It's a scary thing to put yourself out there once a week for the world to see! You can obsess over what people may be thinking, or you can have the confidence in yourself to direct your own thoughts and be proud of the hard work that went into each post, project, task or job. 

3. Don't compare yourself to others. It is so easy to want to emulate success stories. But how valuable is success when it comes at the price of being your genuine, happy, beautiful, quirky self?! Define what success means for you -- whether it's 500 or 50,000 instagram followers -- and don't get caught up in asking whether that's enough for someone else. 

4. Never stop evolving. It's very easy to stick with something that works. And while consistency in branding or in style is important, never stop questioning. Never stop trying new things. You may be surprised when something great comes out of a seemingly small change!

5. Do what you can - quality over quantity. Sometimes I get caught up in getting at least one post out a week or pushing myself to post when I'm not ready. The beauty of a blog is it's all yours! Maybe you only get one post out per month, but if you worked hard on that one post and are proud of it, that's all that matters. 

6. Have fun! It's so important to have a little fun with whatever you do. Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself every once in a while. If you start to take blogging, or life, too seriously, you will miss out on the moments that make you laugh. 

7. Do what makes you happy! A few weeks ago I told my boyfriend "I don't know if I should keep going with my blog. It's a lot of work and I don't know if anyone even looks at it." His response wasn't "do whatever you want" or "yah, just let it go if it's too much work." He said "does it make you happy?" and my response was yes. He said "well who cares who looks at it or if it ever becomes 'successful.' If it makes you happy, why would you stop doing it?" I am so lucky to have someone who provides such great support and perspective on a daily basis. He's a keeper and for now, so is Seven&Stitch.

wearing // top: Rebecca Taylor (old) // leggings: White House Black Market // coat: Kate Spade // boots: Stuart Weitzman 5050 // bag: Louis Vuitton // jewelry: David Yurman, Michele, Hermes




3 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! I love this list #1-3 are so important!

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  2. Wishing you the best on your click here birthday. May every day and year be filled with love, health, happiness and friendship. Happy Birthday.

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