Wow. Something About That turned TWO last week!
Are you thinking of becoming a blogger? I encourage ANYONE who is thinking of making their own blog to go for it! There’s always an audience out there. Plus, with web hosting advice from MangoMatter Media and other resources available online, you can get your blog set up in no time! It’s a great way to express yourself and it has changed my life.
Like all bloggers, I’ve learned a lot along the way, especially when it comes to photography. There’s still so much for me to learn as time goes on when it comes to blogging, but I feel as though if it wasn’t for a friend of mine telling me about web hosting services and recommending I checked out something like Hostgator deals at productexpert.in, I wouldn’t even be able to say I knew anything about blogging. So I am grateful for that. But I am always willing to lean new things daily. You learn more about yourself too when you become a blogger, so for a laugh, here’s my first outfit post.
Blogging is a hobby and a creative outlet for me, but more importantly, it’s made me realize some important things about myself.
When I was growing up, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I took some general courses in University and got my B.A. Shortly after graduating, I landed a Customer Service role at a less-than-glamorous promotional products supplier, but it led me to a much better job in the same industry several months later.
I started at my current company in a sales support role, but was later promoted. This new role was much more sales focused and I was given my own portfolio of clients to manage. There was a lot to learn when I started this role, but I was up for the challenge. I was eager to succeed and excited to learn. All and all, I’ve been quite successful!
Everything was going well, but somehow, I started to lose my “spark.” Sure, I was still doing a good job, but I lost the excitement and passion I used to have. The days used to fly by, but they started to slow down. Almost every client request started to irritate me and I began dreading the work week every Sunday. I hoped that a vacation was all I needed, but even after a few weeks off at Christmas, I still felt unmotivated.
I thought it was time to look for another job…but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was scared to leave and regret my decision, because I know not all companies offer the same great atmosphere, team and flexibility.
Now…why does this relate at all to my blog? Over the last couple of years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve rediscovered my creative side, which I pushed away over a decade ago.
When I was younger, I considered myself a creative person. I was known for my cartooning (I was a total pro at drawing Simpson’s characters) and loved to express myself through artistic means. In high school, I stopped expressing myself creatively and began to focus on other subject areas. I wasn’t necessarily interested in these other subjects, but I figured if I studied science or geography that I’d end up more “successful.”
Since starting this blog, I’ve come to discover that I love having a creative outlet, building a brand and creating beautiful things – photography, design, story boards, hand lettering, etc.
You know what? There’s a lot of people out there that are successful and creative. Through some Googling and research, I found a program at a community college that sounded perfect for me: web design. The program teaches students how to create and design websites, focusing on back and front end development. My new career plan will start to take shape as I dive into the program, but I love the idea of working with clients to make beautiful websites!
The program starts in two weeks and runs until mid-August. I’m in my last week of work, which is a bit hard to believe. Leaving will be bittersweet, but I’m very excited to take my career into a different direction.
Photography by Jeff
What I’m Wearing:
Jacket – LOFT (Similar)
Tank – Old Navy (Same)
Jeans – AG jeans (Similar)
Purse – Elliott Lucca via Town Shoes (Same)
Sneakers – New Balance via Town Shoes (Same)
Christine@ Apple of My Eye says
AHHH I am SO excited for you! I was so excited to read your blog today after seeing it in my Bloglovin’ since I’m at a similar stage in my life where I’ve decided not to go into medicine, instead choosing to get a few years of work experience and apply for my MBA. I’ve realized that with my part-time work with photography and AOME, I’m making enough to support myself financially while going to school full-time.
You are going to KILL this new career of yours and I cannot wait to see where it takes you/here more about it! Let me know if you’d ever like to exchange numbers so we can communicate more easily through text 🙂
Thank you so much!!
It’s definitely a struggle I know a lot of people can relate to. I didn’t get so far into my schooling to school that I wanted to go into science, but that’s what I thought I wanted when I was in high school.
It’s incredible to hear of other people successfully working in more creative fields, and when these new directions were inspired through blogging.
I’d definitely love to pick your brain – I’ll shoot you a DM on Twitter 🙂
Good for you for following your heart! Hope you love the class!!
Thank you so much!! I’m really excited!!
Good for you Jackie! I’m sure it was a tough decision, but it sounds like a great change! You should love what you do! Wishing you all the best!
It was more of a scary decision than I’m used to, but it was one of those things that I know I’d regret if I didn’t give it a try. We’ll see how it goes 🙂
Congrats! It’s always scary starting something new, but I have a feeling you’re going to rock this!
Thank you so much for the support. It means a lot!!
Jackie! I’m so proud of you for making this huge decision! How exciting. Blogging honestly has the opportunity to open up so many doors and point you in the right direction. Through blogging, I learned that I didn’t like my initial career nearly as much as I loved writing and social media. Making a big change like this is a huge sign of all the growth to come! Can’t wait to see how you shine in the process.
I guess you know exactly how I’ve been feeling! Who would ever thought that starting a little blog would open up so many interests and opportunities for so many like-minded people?
I really appreciate the kind words 🙂
I am so happy for you, Jackie! This is so exciting. They say if you are lucky enough to do what you love, you’ll never “work” a day in your life! Wishing you the best of luck, and look forward to your updates on how it’s going.
I sure hope that’s the case!! 😀
I’m so glad you found something that brings back your spark. I feel the same way right now – trying to figure out what I want to do, what makes me want to work harder…currently I am not there. I hope you love your program & I can’t wait to hear more about it!
It’s tough, and I’m still working towards what I want to do. I guess a lot of it comes down to trial and error, and the more you try, the more you know what you like (and what you don’t).
Anna Baun says
Congratulations, girl! Such an excited journey and great job for taking control and creating something rewarding for yourself and your future. I cannot wait to see what it all holds for you and happy to follow along! XO
Thank you so much Anna 🙂
Amy Ann says
Wow, congratulations! What an exciting time for you. I have no doubt you will be great at this. I am proud at your bravery to step out and try something new. Love your outfit. That bag is awesome!
Now blogging at my new site Straight A Style
Thank you so much Amy Ann! I’m nervous too, but from what I know about the program, my interests and skills, it sounds like a perfect fit 🙂
Head to Toe Chic says
yay so excited for you! Good luck with the program! 🙂
Thanks Angela! I can’t wait!
Best of luck Jackie with your new program ! Wishing you all the best !
Thank you so much Carrie! I hope all is well 🙂
Ahhh I’m so happy for you that you’ve found your path!! That’s so exciting. I’m starting to realize growing up consists of dispelling a lot of ingrained lies that are fed to us growing up, like that artistic jobs are “unrealistic.” I think anyone who tells you something is unrealistic obviously had someone else crush their dreams. ;P Good luck with starting your program, and I hope you have fun!! 🙂
xx Alyssa — fragments of memories
I hope I’ve found it! hah
I’ve come to realize that too. In high school especially, there was a definite push towards academia. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but I don’t think it’s the “right” path for everyone.
I definitely think blogging helps you dig deeper about yourself and what you’re passionate about. So happy you were able to discover your inner passions and are able to work to find a profession you will love for years to come.
I think so too. I guess that’s one of the many reasons that so many of us have taken to blogging <3
Congrats on your new career path – so excited for you!! This sounds like a good move and a perfect fit. The cutest way to wear a sporty chic look with that pink bag – love!
Thank you so much. I’m so excited about what’s next (and nervous, of course)
How exciting! I love that blogging helped you figure out what you want to do career- wise!
I’m sure I’m not alone in that one! <3
That’s so great! I work in marketing and I love having my blog as a creative outlet – it’s been really useful in my professional life. Good luck on your new venture!
District of Chic
I think it can actually help you in your professional life!
Thank you so much 🙂
Good luck in this new direction. Sometimes a change is good, especially when it helps you get in contact with your creative side.
Thank you so much – I usually HATE change, but there’s those other times that I kind of love it 🙂
This is so exciting, babe! I’m so pumped for you! Web design is a huge + fast-growing field, so you’re going to find yourself a niche in no time!
Loving the jacket + sneakers. Street chic cool, for sure.
Le Stylo Rouge
That’s actually one of the reason I chose web design specifically as a creative career path. We’ll see! 🙂
Thats so exciting! I think that would be such a fun career! Good luck in the program! You look adorable! Love those sneakers!
Erica @ Coming Up Roses says
This sounds amazing. You go girl!!! Props to you for having the courage to dive deeper into yourself and figure out what really makes you get stoked every day. This is going to be such an awesome adventure for you! Can’t wait to follow along with the ride.
It’s in no way easy to come across this sorts of self-discoveries, but I will share more about my experience, as I go through the process.
Sara Kate says
Having a “spark” is everything! Best of luck in your new career! Can’t wait to follow along!
Definitely! Thanks Sara Kate 🙂
Congratulations on all your success so far, looking forward to seeing big things from you.
Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂
nancy @ adore to adorn says
that’s so awesome. I’m thrilled to hear you take a new direction that you’re passionate about. How exciting!
It’s exciting stuff and I can’t wait to start school!
OMG girl, you sound like me right now! From the beginning to you career up to the point where you lost your spark, is exactly where I am at the moment. So glad to hear I’m not the only and that blogging exposed me more to different creative outlets. I’m hoping after the wedding, I can potentially do a career change. We’ll see…. You are awesome girl for doing your thing!!! I look forward to hearing more about it and count me in as a potential client (maybe we can work together in my venture!).
Seriously?? Wow, I didn’t realize that.
With your wedding coming up, I can totally see how now is NOT the time to start looking into other careers, but there’s always a time and place to consider these sorts of things.
Can you imagine if we partner up in some new adventure? That would be really cool, and blogging would be to thank for that.
Regardless, I will definitely share my stories along the way 🙂
Sara Strauss says
Fantastic news!!! I’m so so so excited for you, Jackie!! You’re definitely going on to bigger and better things!!
I sure hope so!
Melissa Ortiz says
This is so inspiring to read 🙂 Congrats, and good luck with the program! <3
Thank you Melissa!
Aww, congrats on your two year anniversary! I’m a new reader, so cheers to two more!
May x • The Mayden • Bloglovin’
Thank you so much, May! I hope you enjoy reading and following along 🙂
You’re right, Jackie! Blogging is such a great self discovery tool. I have learned so many skills and even better, learned a lot about myself and my abilities. I always wanted to work in the fashion industry but my mom would say that there weren’t enough opportunities (which is totally not the truth!) and I felt like I wasn’t “good enough.” Through doing the blog, I’ve learned that fashion really is my true passion AND I know a heck of a lot more about it than I thought!
Everyone should have a blog!! Cheers to you for taking the plunge into a career change! That takes courage!
The Closet by Christie
That’s incredible and inspiring to hear. The best part is that there’s SO much to learn, so it’s an on-going process 🙂
I really admire your decision! It can be so hard to take a leap into the unknown, but I’m positive it will be an amazing experience! Way to go, girly!
Rad! Congrats on the new endeavor. I think you’ll do great! <3 Love your jacket and bag, too, by the way! 😀