Guys, it's happened again. I've had yet another one of those pivotal moments that result in me getting all emotional and writing down my thoughts into a blog post at two in the morning. All whilst I'm supposed to be doing uni work. Oops. And hey, would you look at that, I'm actually posting an outfit photo for once! That hasn't happened in a while. (The photos, I mean - not the general clothes-wearing part. I'm not a nudist guys, I promise! But if you are, that's cool too). Aaaand there I am going completely off topic again. It's a skill I really need to work on, I know.
OKAY! So as you can probably guess by the title of this post, I've been feeling a little bit nostalgic about how blogging has change both me and my life. I know, I know, how can posting pictures of myself on the internet equate into something even remotely interesting, let alone 'life changing'? But hey, life is weird, and somehow we've made it work. God damn - when I think about it, life really is the complete polar opposite to what it was a year ago. And I mean that in a really, really good way.
For starters, it's made me a lot happier
I touched on this topic a little while ago when I boldly claimed that blogging cured my depression, but I couldn't not include it in this not-so-little life changing round up as well. See, despite what my incredibly happy face in the photos above might suggest (lol) there was once a time in my life where I was super, super down near enough every single day. I had very few friends, zero motivation and a seriously crappy outlook on life and the future. And now? Completely the opposite - and it all comes down to this little blog. I suppose that in itself is a life changer on its own, but if I left this post at that then it could potentially be considered pne of my shortest blog posts to date. And we don't want that. So here's the ins and its of how blogging changed my life, and how - hopefully - it can change yours too.
It's given me some amazing friends
I think one of the main stand-out things that most of us get from the blogging world (apart from a pretty intense wi-fi bill each month) are the people we meet and the friends we make. Of course I still have non-internet friends in my life that I love dearly, but it's kind of amazing to think that the majority of my relationships have stemmed from the world wide web and social networking. When I was younger. I always used to find it difficult making friends in school - especially friends that shared a mutual love for memes, emojis and HTML - but blogging has given me just that, and then some. And hey, another good thing about blogger friends is that they don't judge you when you stand on a chair in a restaurant to get the perfect food flatlay. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a sign of a good friend.
It's brought me closer to Ollie
This might sound a little odd (and he'd think I was the biggest loser if he ever read this) but since being a full-time-blogger I feel as though Ollie and I have become even more of a tight-knit couple. We spend more time together since we're not both working constantly, we collaborate with each other on the regular, and our lives just seem a lot less stressful in general because we're both able to do what we enjoy. Less stress = a better relationship. And a better relationship = he's more likely to agree to taking photos of me on his days off. Heh.
It's helped me to open up to people
So this is something that's only happened recently after implementing more personal posts onto my blog, but it's really affected the way that I live in general. Basically - like most girls - I've always been the sort of person to hide how I'm feeling (not a great idea for anyone, FYI) but since sharing my thoughts on this blog I've noticed that I've become more of an open person in real life too. Take, for example, the post I wrote a while ago called 'when you don't feel good enough'. I guess I wrote that because well, first of all I felt like it, but secondly because it almost didn't feel as though I was actually telling anyone - at least not in a face to face kind of way. Sounds silly doesn't it? I wasn't able to talk to my closest friends about my insecurities, but I was able to type it out on the internet where thousands of people could find it. #Logical. But hey, regardless of how I came about doing it, just talking to you guys about how I'm feeling has made it so much easier for me to open up to people in general about whatever is going on in my mind, and you've also helped me realise that, actually, it's perfectly okay and perfectly normal to feel a bit rubbish from time to time. Thank you!
It helps me deal with shitty situations
And because of everything written above, it's also meant that I've had more people to talk to when it comes to dealing with every day issues. Having a blog means that I can distract myself whenever I feel necessary, and I can also just log on to my comments and talk to you guys if I ever need a bit of advise. And hot damn, are you great at shovelling out the advice. Come to think of it, you guys are kind of like my own personal counsellors. Please don't start charging me..
It's given me a life I could never afford
Now this is something that isn't overly important as such, but it's definitely something that never would have happened unless I started Cocochic just under a year ago. My family have never been broke, but I've never been in the position to go out and buy expensive expensive, or loads of clothes, or travel around the world. And - like I said - whilst that's not important or neccesary in the slightest, I can't deny that it's pretty special being able to do these things. As a blogger, I'm lucky enough to get the chance to try out lots of different products, and it's all because you guys take an interest in what I have to say (for some unknown reason!). This - of course - also means that I'm able to give away some amazing prizes to you guys too. Spoiler alert: December is going to be full of freebies..
It's opened up so many doors for me
Any day now I'm going to be publishing my own book. Like, I'm actually going to be holding a copy of book that I created all by myself. No biggie (and by that I mean I couldn't be more freakin' excited!!!). But see, the reason I'm able to do this is all because of having this blog, and having you guys behind me every step of the way. I feel like blogging always has the stigma attached to it that makes it kind of hard for people to openly admit they have a blog, but the reality of blogging is that, actually, it's not always just a place to plonk down your feelings - it can also be just an amazing career move as well. Man, I bloody love the internet.
It's allowed me to live my life how I want to
And finally - and I guess most importantly - being a blogger has meant that I've been able to take full control of my life, and live the way that I want to live (you know, minus the million pound castle and diamond encrusted underwear). I started a blog ten months ago out of pure joy, and because it was something that I just really, really wanted to do despite all of the free things and pay cheques. I think it's probably everyones dream to earn money from a hobby - whether you're a singer, musician, artist, whatever, and I feel so blessed every day to be able to do that. Before blogging, I was in a really dead end job that made me miserable, and I thought that was how I was going to spend the rest of my life. Now, I pretty much get to just talk to a bunch of friends day in, day out, and get paid for it too. All I need now is someone to pay me to nap. Any takers..?
So anyway, if I haven't made it clear enough then I'd just like to say a big fat thank you to all you lovely for just generally being really really great and cool and sexy. Let's all get married!