This past week, a big chapter in my life ended as I walked across the stage at my graduation from the University of Tennessee. It was not until very recent that I had the chance to reflect on the past four years that truly flashed before my eyes. There are many moments that I can attribute to the amount of growth I've experienced in both the understanding of the world and myself, but one stands out in particular: creating and maintaining this blog. Although it may seem like a simple website, this experience has blessed me with so much learning and amazing people. While my style has changed quite a bit from the beginning, there is one thing that has remained the same: the reason I started and continue with Golly Miss Molly.
Believe it or not, there have been many times that I have almost quit this entire blogging journey. I cannot even begin to count the amount of times I have felt discouraged, excluded, and irrelevant during this experience. Whether it has been not getting as much engagement with a post as I expected to being left out of events and giveaways, there have been several times where I questioned myself and this blog – sometimes I feel like I’m back to my middle school days! It is much too easy to get caught up in the numbers in this industry, especially when it comes to the amount of followers and likes. Yes, the attention and compensation (both monetary and merchandise received) are nice, but those have never been the reason for this blog nor will they ever be. It is truly remarkable to witness individuals completely change before your eyes (or in this case, your screen) and become a completely different person for the sake of those numbers and compensation. My reason from the beginning for Golly Miss Molly has been to enrich both myself and those who have decided to join me on this journey. I hope this blog provides not only inspiration but also a source of building confidence. From a nonmaterialistic standpoint, I have always found confidence through my wardrobe and style. I think anyone can relate to that feeling of pure bliss and boosted self-esteem when wearing an awesome outfit! That was and continues to be my foundation for my blog – I want to provide inspiration to others so they can experience that feeling.
I am so incredibly thankful for every single one of my followers. You all are the reason and motivation for Golly Miss Molly! I cannot wait to share my upcoming adventures with you as I walk into this new chapter. So here's to new adventures, new memories, and of course: