Today I joined the #ltbloggers chat on Twitter, which inspired me to write a blog post about how blogging has affected my life. Truth is, I don’t think I’d be where I am right now without blogging.
I started blogging in January 2014. I’ve always been passionate about writing, and I was starting to feel a bit bored with my job, so I started the blog to have something else than work to think about. I didn’t really know which direction I wanted to go with the blog, and Life of Anna S was born. No limits by the name. I also thought it was a great place to keep my memories from a coming trip to Thailand. Also, I decided to write in English instead of Swedish. That made it easier to stay quite anonymous and still build contacts and readers.
As I started to write myself, I also got more active reading blogs and watching YouTube videos. With this my interest of makeup and beauty started to grow. It wasn’t long until I realized this was the perfect way of letting loose my creativity again. I’ve always loved to work with my hands, colours and imagination, but this has never been something to start a career on. Scrapbooking, jewelry making, beading… It was all just hobbies, and not to speak of all the storage you need for both equipment and finished work!
Anyhow, to the question that made me want to write this post.
How has your life changed since you started blogging? What has blogging brought to your life that you didn’t have before?
Without blogging I don’t think I’d find the passion I have for makeup, and obviously I wouldn’t have gotten myself to jump on an education to become a Makeup Specialist. Mostly with the thought “I want to do something for myself, and it could boost my blog a bit so it’s not a total waste” The school I went to also offered a Lash Stylist class, and there’s no way I would have found that out by myself. It turned out I loved both of it. I was feeling really messed up at the time of the educations, but everyone around me could see me light up as I practiced my homework, or talked about school. Through school I was also offered to help doing makeup at a fashion show, thrown by a hair saloon in the neighborhood town, and this was the most fun job I had ever done so far. I finally came to a point where I felt “This is what I want to do with my life. I’m on the right path now.”
As I got my diplomas I made a huge, life changing, decision. I called up my boss and said I wanted to quit. I had been wanting to do that for a while, but it’s really hard to get a job around here so leaving an okay payed job without a complete plan, isn’t just something you do. But I felt like that was it! I had come to a point where I wanted to do more with my life and was held back by a job I had started to dislike more and more.
The day after I had signed my notice to quit, I was offered a weekend spot at the salon I’m working in now. The same week I got an e-mail from the hair saloon with the fashion show, asking me if I wanted to work with them and do makeup for their prom costumers, and weddings during the summer. All I needed for both of these was to start my own company to be able to accept payment from costumers. And here I am now, running my company since almost two months back. With great success for starting from zero just recently.
Thank you blogging for waking up a passion and motivate me to get on this journey!