Here’s the thing about dreams – they are constantly evolving. And what you initially thought of as success changes with experiences and perspective. At least that’s how it usually goes for me.
Last year when I started this blog, I thought success would look like some major feature that helped me reach a 10k following or this awesome breakout moment that resulted in a surge of views on my website.
I wanted to see sizable results fast. To be able to say, I did it quicker than the 3-5 years it usually takes to make a blog pop. But as I continued to put in the work to grow my blog, I realized something. The real success is staying true to your “why,” and doing your best at every stage of your growth.
I started kandiceguice.com because I recognized the need for more positivity on my social media feeds.
I wanted to create a way to motivate multi-passionate women to stay the course in spite of.
We needed a space full of transparency. One that made it okay to work through the real emotions we face as we navigate our way through all it means to be every woman in a digital world where perfect feeds can begin to make us question our adequacy. As a bonus, I decided to throw in beauty tips and advice for the everyday woman. Mix all those things together and what we formed was a unique tribe of like-minded women.
On days when my blog posts got far less views than I thought they would or when I was tempted to compare myself to other bloggers, I was compelled to remember why I started.
The creation of this space was about touching lives. When I keep that in mind, making a difference in even one person’s day is success. Remembering this concept has kept me grounded and focused on producing inspiring content one post at a time. And looking back, I’ve made some awesome strides by simply deciding to stay the course.
Year at a Glance
Throughout year one, I’ve bonded with women from all over the U.S. We’ve had some intimate talks about the types of things that people often refuse to be honest about.
I started the #MoreThanPrettyCampaign to showcase phenomenal women with inspirational success stories that get rid of our excuses and push us to be more.
I did a few campaigns with major brands; got confident in my value as a blogger; got hired as a contributing writer for xoNecole and found a stride for balancing it all.
I am constantly reminded that baby steps still move us forward. Every time I get down on myself for not doing enough, God sends someone my way to remind me that even the small things I do are big enough to make an impact.
This year has taught me a lot about operating in purpose and the power of consistency. Nothing is more fulfilling than doing what you feel called to do. And nothing is more satisfying than looking at the progress you’ve made by simply refusing to quit.
Blogging is a true exercise of self- discipline. It requires a ton of planning, balance, and patience. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Each time I receive a thank you message for a motivational post or a request for a particular beauty tip, I know I’m on the right track.
I’m headed into year two pumped up about what’s next and thankful that God always gives us just enough light for the step we’re on. I can’t wait to see what amazing things are around the corner for this brand and this community.
One things for sure – It’s only up from here.