I feel like everyday you see someone calling out all the things that are wrong with the industry, but the really amazing things happen when you focus on what's right. There are now so many women running their own businesses with complete creative control, producing regular, fresh content - some with standards to rival the pages of editorial magazines. Over the past four years more and more brands have jumped on board and it's amazing and inspiring to see so many girls around me doing so well and I feel incredibly lucky to call so many other bloggers and YouTubers around me my friends.
I was never very good at making friends at school, but looking back I feel like there just weren't so many people with similar interests to mine. But blogging introduced me to so many wonderful ladies who just get me and where I'm coming from. I can say things without apologising for being me and I honestly can't express how grateful I am to have friends who are on my level and who make me feel so comfortable. Aside from them I also have hundreds of thousands of you who all have helped to make me feel completely comfortable with being myself and I can't thank you enough for that.
And it's not just self acceptance that you help with. Speaking to thousands of people each week and meeting new people in the street everyday has really helped my confidence. Four years ago I was terrified of meeting someone new and now I LOVE meeting new people and even managed to speak on stage at BeautyCon earlier this year. That was a real teary moment for me and there was a lot of celebratory ice cream.
This space also opened up so many crazy amazing opportunities to me. A few years back I made the decision to make the most of what life had to offer me, anything that came my way I said yes to, even if it was terrifying. There have been moments of fear in the run up to things when I wish I'd said no, but jumping straight in to all the travel opportunities and shoots that came my way always felt so rewarding afterwards. This ethos is one of the reasons why I was able to turn this space in to a business whilst working full time. I did as much as possible with every second of my day and now I'm lucky enough to call this my job.
It's crazy and most days I do have the WHAT IS MY LIFE moment, there are so few words that really encompass how happy you all have made me. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many supportive readers and viewers, whilst having the most supportive and inspiring community around me. The majority of us help each other out every single day, and sometimes I'm actually overwhelmed by the love that so many other bloggers have to give.
I was never very academic at school, and was one of those students that didn't really seem to have anything going for them - especially when I made the decision not to go to university, so to be running my own business at the age of 23 genuinely makes me a bit emotional and I can't thank you enough for all of your support (especially through the "sporadic summer" as I'm calling it), each and every one of you reading this have helped change my life and for that there really are no words.
TLDR: Start a blog, it could change your life.