Friday, 9 January 2015

How Blogging Changed My Life


Hello all! Since I've been blogging for a substantial amount of time now I thought it was only a matter of time before I wrote a blog post about my experiences thus far! I know that saying that blogging changed my life is a little dramatic but I honestly feel like its so true! I love doing this so much and its changed not just my life, but me as a person in so many different ways. 

When I first started my blog I had quite a standard perception of beauty. I thought that pretty was something that could be measured by a persons physical features. Imagine if all of your features could be rated out of ten and the person with the highest score would be the most beautiful...well that's kind of what I thought being beautiful was. I was forever hating my nose thinking that if I could just change it I would be pretty too! Growing up as a woman these days can be exhausting because you are constantly under pressure to be slim, but not too skinny because 'boys like something to hold onto', to be sexually ambiguous, but not a slut, to be smart, but not too smart because boys don't like intelligent girls. EH?! Is anyone else tired of these contradictory expectations of women. I find it exhausting. And guess what boys aren't that fussy! Since I started blogging I've been drawn to really look at people's faces, I compliment people A LOT on their make up looks and I suddenly realized that I never really noticed how beautiful certain people where because I wasn't really looking. I noticed for the first time that some people can be strikingly good looking if you just look a little harder. I noticed how some people had lovely eyes or lips and others had perfect skin or teeth and all of a sudden basically everyone I came across was beautiful. Just because someone doesn't fit the standard perception of beauty doesn't mean they can't be just as beautiful as someone who does. We as a society like things to be near perfect but how boring is that?!

The second way in which blogging changed my life is to do with the way I see the world in general. Ever since I started my blog it has always occurred in my thoughts that I would probably be a completely different person entirely if I hadn't started blogging. I was brought up to think that life was all about going to uni to study and getting a good job to pay for your nice house and car and go on a few holidays a year. However, this was always an idea I hated. The fact that what everyone was trying to achieve in life was THAT?! After dropping out of university at the age of 19 and quitting an internship that I hated with a passion I felt like I had no direction in life. A few years later I went back to uni, and guess what...I still felt like I had no direction in life. Well that was until I started this blog. I cannot imagine how mundane my life would be if every single thing I did was so I could have a nice house and a nice car and a couple of holidays. You have no idea how much time I spend writing blog posts, editing photos, and coming up with ideas. You have no idea how much every time I am sitting at work or watching TV I want to be blogging. I feel like I've discovered a real passion for something, and isn't that one of those things that makes your life a little more remarkable along with falling in love, travelling the world, and having children. Isn't that one of the things that sets you apart from everybody else? Okay so my blog is relatively small and it probably doesn't affect anyone who reads it that much, but I have pretty much always had a passion for writing and creative expression. I just never knew how to channel that passion, and now I have found a way to do so I feel like a much more positive and determined person. And I realize now most of all that there are few things you can do in life to make sure you live life to the full. But finding something that makes you truly happy to be alive is certainly one of them. 

Lastly, my blog helped me realize who my true friends and supporters where. Lets rewind back to where it all began around this time last year and every time I reached a milestone it was always the same people congratulating me, and being genuinely happy for me, saying things like 'Lisa I love your blog!' and saying what a good job I had done. But there were a few others who lets just say made quite nasty digs over twitter without mentioning my actual name if you know what I mean, but I won't go into that! Now don't get me wrong a few people who actually seemed happy for me where the very people I thought would have thought it was silly or been a bit indifferent to it all, so it just goes to show that people aren't always how you think they are deep down. I find it incredibly cute when my friends tell me they liked my post or that they read it; I even feel a bit embarrassed sometimes. But old friendships are not the only way I've been affected by this blog. I've actually met so so many lovely blogger friends. I'll admit that bar a couple I haven't met many of them in person but there are some girls I can't go a day without messaging on twitter or snap chatting pictures of my ugly hangover face. It's so strange how people you have never met in real life can actually be people that you feel close to and want to chat with! Last year I was invited to a few blogger events in London and I unfortunately had to turn them down due to work/uni/finances, but I've vowed that this year will be the year I actually try to go to one of these! I honestly can't wait to meet so many of you fellow bloggers in person!

Has blogging changed your lives in any way? 
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21 comments

  1. Such a great post! I agree with the contradictions on being a woman, it is so hard to be that "perfect" woman. But sod what the media thinks.
    Loving the new layout too hun :)

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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    1. Yup definitely stressful at times but who cares what anyone thinks eh! So glad you like it lovely :) xxxx

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  2. I'm glad you love it so much :)
    Also love your new design
    xxx
    www.adrugstoreaddiction.com

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  3. I love love love this post. Blogging has totally changed my life and I can't even begin to comprehend how different I'd be without it! P.s your phone case is amazing. x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. I know its one of those things that changes you forever! Thanks lovely its from topshop! xxxx

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  4. I totally agree with how lovely but a tiny bit embarrassing when friends say to you they love your blog! Its the same for me that its a select few of the same people who are always boosting me up and I never ever expected that response! I'd love to meet some of my fellow Scottish blogger ladies one day. Glad you love blogging so much because I love reading your blogs! x

    Laura @ Laurakathren

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    1. Well I'd love to meet all of you so hopefully we can make that happen at some point :) xxxx

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  5. Aww lovely post! :) I think blogging has changed the way I see a lot of things, and has really made me feel passionate about something. I love creating blog content, and it's so exciting coming up with new ideas :)

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. When you hit the publish button after a post and read through peoples comments it has got to be the most satisfying thing ever! :) xxxx

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  6. Love your new layout hun! I agree with so many points in this post especially the one that it exposes your real friends and you're totally right people you think would find it silly actually get it!

    Lots of Love,

    What Abby Loves

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    1. Thanks babe yeah its a strange one eh! but so glad I have had those experiences! :) xxxx

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  7. I totally agree, blogging has definitely changed my life! Not in something big, but in many little ways ♥
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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    1. So nice to hear that Amy! And thanks hope you have a nice one too :) xxxx

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  8. Can totally relate to everything in this post - loved reading it. Blogging has definitely changed my perspective on beauty which I think has made me more creative in terms of everything really.

    Loved this in particular: "there are few things you can do in life to make sure you live life to the full. But finding something that makes you truly happy to be alive is certainly one of them." Wise words <3 - p.s. the new layout is lovely!xx

    copperpink.com

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  9. Great post Lisa - I'm glad you found your outlet :) And writing regularly really helps you get a perspective on things and see things in a different way.

    Has blogging changed my life? I don't know, I've been doing it since I was 17 (I'm 32 now) so can't really imagine what my life would have been like if I'd never done it? I met about two-thirds of my friends through LiveJournal, and I doubt any of my writing jobs would have happened if I hadn't first been a blogger, so...

    x

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    1. Wow that's amazing that you have been blogging so long! Wha an achievement! Glad all those great things happened for you :) xxxx

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  10. Hello fellow Scottish blogger! That's great that blogging has been so positive for you :-)
    Laura | A Life With Frills

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    1. Well hello there :) thanks so much :) xxxx

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  11. Such an honest blog! Really like the way you write, it's so easy to follow. I love this who 'feminism is fashionable in 2015' movement. ak x

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