Hello June! This month has been super exciting for me so far, from vacations, to attending BBQ’s and completing my third novel, I must say that I’m having a great time! However, that’s not all that I’m blushing over! Can you believe that it’s been ONE YEAR since I officially launched Monique Elise?! Happy Birthday to moniqueelise.com! Looking back on when I first began, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew is that I wanted to write, share my thoughts and connect with my readers. When I first launched my site, I hit the ground running! I wanted to blog about everything – beauty, travel, lifestyle. But after a couple of months I hit a brick wall, I went from blogging every week to every two weeks and then not at all. I was stumped, unmotivated and second guessing myself. Blogging stopped being fun and started feeling like work. I mean from having content, pictures, building a following, writing books, marketing, it can become so exhausting if you let it! And unfortunately – I did.
I also fell victim to comparing myself and trying to replicate others.Trying to find your own special lane in such a large world of bloggers is TOUGH and intimidating! There are so many of us and it can be quite competitive. Luckily I had my AH HA moment and finally snapped out of it. I realized why I was feeling so stressed and upset. It’s because I wasn’t being true to myself. Yes I love beauty, fashion, etc. but that’s not all that I’m about. My favorite thing to do is give advice and help others, enjoy girl’s talk and meaningful conversations! I was comparing myself to others that knew exactly what their blogging voice was. It took me a while to find mine, but I did! I can truly say that I’ve grown as a person, blogger, author, and BRAND. I’m so excited for the next chapter in this book and I’m looking to get BIGGER AND BETTER!
So here’s to one year down and hopefully many more to go. Thank you all that have been on this journey with me. I’m committed to only growing from here. I wouldn’t trade the lessons I’ve learned for anything! So for anyone that’s thinking about trying something new, GO FOR IT but remember to stay true to who you are! You never know – it just might work! Just give it a little time, patience, and hard work.