Testimony Tuesday: The End of My Fashion Blogging Journey

Calling it quits after three years of fashion blogging.




  

The end is approaching. Ironically, I’ve made this decision just as my blogging career began to peak. All that I desired, and prayed for, began to manifest but… it’s time to move on. Editing this post before I leave the office so bear with me if I’m limited in explanations. Perhaps I’ll be able to continue tomorrow as I conclude my August challenge (posting every Mon-Friday in the month of August).

The Beginning 

I started blogging around November 2013. Just moved back to NYC, after almost 6 years in Philly. Prior to moving out of Philly, I came across a blog (maybe Patricia Bright’s- can’t remember) and I thought pshh I could totally do that. I always loved fashion and expressing myself through my own personal style. So I thought it would be a great idea. After moving to NYC, my boyfriend at the time bought me a Canon T3i and became my personal photographer. Life was GREAT. New city (sort of), new job, new boyfriend, new body (I was so disciplined with working out and eating healthy foods), and new passion (fashion blogging).

The Break Up// Rekindling Old Flames

Things didn’t work out so well with the boyfriend. As a result, I found myself running back to the very person responsible for making me leave Philly to begin with. The other ex. Life was great again. New- old boyfriend. New camera (gifted from new-old boyfriend). And new photographer! Since new-old boyfriend didn’t live in NYC, I hired a freelance photographer from Harlem (5 element photography) and we simply made magic together! He was responsible for my blog from going from 0-100. Our chemistry was phenomenal and he became one of my good friends… For reasons I cannot explain at the moment, both relationships died- the one with new-old boyfriend and the one with my photographer. I was left alone….BUT, it was perfect timing because God had called me to do a social media fast for about 6 weeks and it was during that time that my relationship with God grew so strong. I tell the story here.

Mixed Feelings

After the fast, I underwent a series of life struggles. My spiritual walk was a whirlwind. Some periods I was high, other times I was lower than low. Before the beginning of this summer, my spiritual life was completely attacked. I exposed myself to temptations from the devil. I got into 3 car accidents, I experienced so much heart ache, the list goes on. But through it all, I always had blogging to turn my frown upside down.

Life is Good After All

All that I diligently prayed for concerning my blog started to be answered. It seemed every week I opened my email, I was invited to a partnership. From Target to Adidas. I was being sent free apparel and merchandise every month…sometimes twice a month. And my bloggers and followers multiplied by the day! My hard work was paying off!

Time to Go

When I think about my purpose and my destiny. I don’t see blogging apart of it. Last year, as I was praying one night in my room, the Lord told me that He has given me an audience for something greater than fashion. That my fashion blogging days were limited and if I availed myself I would be used for His glory…not mine…

I wasn’t disappointed in this revelation. Just curious. As I grow further in Christ, I realize the dangers in blogging; and how much it has caused me to sin.

·All the money I’ve wasted in material things (ESPECIALLY shoes), could’ve bought me a house by now. <- No exaggeration in that statement… And while I’ve cut back tremendously on shopping because I get so many free clothes, I still find myself from time to time desiring more stuff just to stay relevant as a fashion blogger.

·I’ve made material things my idol. There’s been times I’ve missed church to blog, wasted hours at work editing blog posts or perusing through other blogs. I didn’t manage time carefully as a blogger.

·I have so many clothes that I barely repeat them outside of blogging, unless its to church… I don’t like going out and so many of my clothes are not work appropriate. So it just goes to waste.

Where to Next?

Well for starters, I’ve got a ton more pictures to post before really calling it quits. I haven’t decided if I’ll just post on Instagram or if I’ll write blog posts as well. I will probably go with the former…

I briefly touched on another endeavor that I was interested in. Maybe when I rebrand, I’ll let you guys know on this blog. I will definitely still post pictures on my Instagram. But it will just be those very rare times that I am actually out!

I still want to share my testimonies with SOME of you. I say some because these testimonies are very sensitive to me and I want a select audience to hear it (mainly young women). I’m not sure how I’ll do it…thinking of a newsletter for now. BUT I’ll definitely let you know.

I hesitated to share this so soon as I’m still nervous about what to do next. I’m taking a ton of classes at the moment so at least I’ll be busy. But, I’ll miss all of you! It’s been a long journey! But I’ll go as the LORD leads….so maybe just see you later for now?

(Remember to come back tomorrow for potentially the last post on JMTR.)

oH YEAAH….

I’m wearing Zara SALE from head to toe:

Hat $5.99

Blazer $29.99

Trousers $19.99

Flats $29.99

 

 

12 Comments

  1. August 30, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Wow! It’s been three years. It’s definitely been a blessing to me to see your growth over time, but I appreciate your transparency and I’m rooting for you <3

    • Nnekz
      January 27, 2017 / 10:26 am

      I feel you on that “I don’t like going out and so many of my clothes are not work appropriate. So it just goes to waste.” I’m actually quite thankful that my obsession is skincare and makeup which tends to be less pricer than an equivalent level of obsession with fashion.

      But hold up sis, when you say you can buy a house with the amount of designer shoes you own my jaws dropped. Do you mean like a house or like a downpayment on a house. Because if you mean a house I’m thinking like a least a $200,000 house, so that would be like 200 designers shoes but for a down-payment that would be like 40 right ??

      • justmissedtherunway
        January 27, 2017 / 10:30 am

        I used to live in philly where you could buy a house for as low as $10k. Lol.

  2. Michelle George
    August 30, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Greater things await you. I see you as someone who would be an inspirational motivational speaker! Encouraging young women to walk in the Lord and not of this world and to be true to themselves as you have been. Thank you for sharing your hopes, concerns, thoughts and fashion tips! All the best to you and I look forward to hearing what you will achieve next! Please do email as I’m not on Instagram.
    Blessings. Romans 8:28 xoxo

  3. August 31, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Oh wow such an inspirational story. May God guide you in this nest face of live. Though I do feel disappointed as I recently discovered you. I do hope you keep on posting on Instagram.

    Princess Audu

  4. Lily O
    August 31, 2016 / 11:36 am

    God bless you for always being an inspiration and being a blessing unto others. More favor, speed and grace to you!!

  5. Debbie
    August 31, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Very sad to see you go. Seems as if you were doing so well, but it’s understandable as we are here to fulfill God’s purpose. Nonetheless, I wish you the best in your future endeavors. I’m sure you’re going to do well. Hope you continue to share your testimonies and words of wisdom. All the best! 🙂

  6. September 2, 2016 / 2:33 am

    You’re very inspiring and as much as I’ll miss your fashion posts I understand your 100% why you need to call it quits. You are certainly made to be motivate and help others. Love you sis and God bless your new start. Xx

  7. September 12, 2016 / 1:30 am

    Loved all your posts over the past year and a half. Loved and was surprised to see when your posts started to take a turn toward ministering into the lives of women.

    God will honor your obedience and nothing in your experience will be wasted. God bless you, wishing you God’s best.

  8. Bukola
    September 30, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I wish you the very best. Your post on here have been quite inspiring not just from a fashion sense but also in presenting yourself as woman. All the best!

  9. Eva Sanso
    October 3, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Wow I’m so proud of you and I pray that the almighty God will bless and strengthen you as you go through whatever path he has for you. I have been following you on instagram and I must say, you have a beautiful heart and please use your voice to speak to us young ladies. May your days and years be blessed. Eva

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