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05 June, 2016

Year in Review: Blogging



I would be super cliche and type something like, "I can't believe it's been a year since I started my blog!" but I'd be lying to you. I can believe it's been a year and to be quite honest it feels like it's been ten years since I started because of what's happened in the last 365 days.

The goal of this review isn't to recall everything I've done in one long dry and self-centered blog post. Instead, I want to reflect on how important it is to keep a record of what you're doing in your own life. 

I started keeping a journal when I was in the first grade and to this very day I still take time to write whether it's in my current journal or on this blog. It's so important to me because words go beyond photos and blurred memories. Words are the evidence of your experiences. 

Before I sound too much like a Hallmark card, I'll say this: keep track of what you do with your life. If you get too caught up in work or school or relationships, you'll lose sight of the goals you're trying to achieve in the first place. 

It's impossible to know how far you've come unless you have a paper trail that traces back to where you started. I grew up in what I call the world's smallest town in southern Virginia. Every other day I found myself writing about how I wanted to be in the world's largest city.

Now nearly 12 years later here I am typing this blog post from the desk in my room in my apartment in Manhattan. I wouldn't appreciate this as much had I not written down my thoughts and feelings and goals and aspirations. It's a cycle.

When I started this blog, it was largely because I wanted to keep record of my summer abroad in Milan. It evolved into a full blown fashion blog with the help of an expert photographer and my best friend Michael Collins. Now, this blog serves as an extension of my inner monologue. 

Time to get cheesy. I chose the name "The Fashion Speak" because I wanted to leave space for all kinds of content rather than just daily posts on what I'm wearing. The "Speak" represents everything I have going on in my mind of which I want to keep a record. Here's to many more years of written records. 

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