I've taken many breaks over the past couple years from blogging. Breaks due to busy work schedules, health issues and losing my dad. Every break was due to things out of my control, but this latest break has been on my terms for once. I needed to step back to dissect and prioritize who I am and what makes me happy… and I finally figured it out.
It’s funny how life takes you on a fucking roller coaster of experiences, lessons and every emotion under the sun, to simply bring you back to where you started.
Although I wasn’t climbing Mt. Everest physically, I was definitely doing it mentally. I’ve gone through moments of self-doubt and emotionally draining days filled with anxiety and fear. I fought back and finally shut down the negative thoughts and listened to my gut, it was clear as day. I have to create and I’m meant to inspire! What I realized after this past year of soul searching (and turning 42..) is that although I love the business side of things, it lacks creativity and doesn't always set my soul on fire. I’ve been building brands for bloggers and small businesses for over 10 years, and while it’s been so incredibly rewarding to help others achieve their creative dreams, I was squandering mine.
So…. I’m happy to announce, I’m launching my very own product line of accessories and gifts!
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now and after this massive moment of clarity, I refused to wait any longer! I’ve always had a dream of opening my own brick & mortar boutique and selling the most fun and bright-colored (obvi) accessories and gifts. The physical boutique isn’t something I’m ready for quite yet, but for now my new brand (coming soon!) will have a happy, little online home. I’m still in the pre-launch phase, as I finalize product design and overall strategy, but the exciting unveiling will take place next month! I can’t wait to share my journey and creations with you all! As a wardrobe stylist, I’ve built and designed numerous costume pieces, but it was always the vision of someone else. I even had an etsy shop many moons ago when I lived abroad and sold at local markets, but it was more of a hobby and I didn’t give it the attention it really needed to grow. This time, it’s completely different. It’s my vision, it’s my ideas and it’s my style.
This is my greatest accomplishment because I’m finally listening to ME. It feels incredible to finally start fulfilling my needs and wants for a change.
As I make time and space to start this new journey, I will still be offering blog coaching, although it will be very limited. I'm personally only working for a few select influencers at a time, but THE ACE membership and all other services (Influencer Brand Management, Influencer Marketing, Blogger SEO, Brand Strategy, Web Design, Social Media Management) that Realm Media Group offers will still remain the same.
Moral of the story? No matter how old you are or what direction you thought you were going in, it’s never to late to change it up. Re-evaluate yourself more often and if you aren't 100% content, take the time to dive a little deeper and figure it out, because life is too fucking short to be unhappy.