I'm coming up on two anniversaries: 5 years ago I started this blog and about 1 year ago I started my dress business. And it often catches up with me all that has happened in that time period. It's crazy. I've moved to three different states, had a few jobs, gotten married, started a photography business, been to school twice, and now I'm expecting a child.
So much has changed since I first started blogging, with me personally and with the blog community -- I never knew it would be such a platform and large part of my life. At the same time it has often been a struggle to keep up with content, to stay relevant, and craft an inspiring space. Eventually I threw in the towel with trying to make Darling Dexter more than what it was -- because when it came down to it, it didn't need to fit a model or make money, but just be a place for me to share and connect. And so if you've been coming to this space for awhile you may have noticed the gradual change through the years -- and if you're quickly passing through, never to return, that's okay..I hope you enjoy my rambling :)
When I first started this blog, I worked an office job as a graphic designer. That was at a time when I felt so restricted creatively and in the wrong career. This blog was my outlet. I've since branched out on my own, creating a photography business with my husband and an independent bridal clothing line that I run all by myself. It can be so overwhelming at times and financially unpredictable but so rewarding. And I owe most of my ability to having those careers to my blog and to the online community. The support and encouragement I've had through the years has been unbelievable. And as I prepare to enter the world of motherhood, I'm not sure where things will go from here. I'm feeling a bit unsure of how to juggle all that the future holds for me but I'm trying not to plan it all. But to look back on the roller coaster of the past five years, it makes me feel okay about it all. To think I could still be typing here for another five is not even something I can wrap my head around -- but as long as I keep making, creating, and being inspired, you'll probably still find me here in this space.
(and that was just a reflective post on blogging...one on a year of dressmaking is to come...just blame it on the pregnancy hormones!)