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My heart is a creative one; it has been that way ever since I can remember. Before I could write, I narrated stories for my father to document. I spent hours creating other worlds right in the middle of the woods near the home where I grew up. And that creative spirit never left me; I began writing online as a creative outlet when I was in law school, sitting amongst piles of cases and books. By choosing to stay up at night and write during my law school years, I was usually forcing myself to survive on four hours of sleep or forgo it altogether. But writing and photography and creating content kept me sane.
The other day I was editing a contract and I laughed to myself as I thought about how everything happens for a reason and somehow comes together. That’s not to say everything is perfect; sometimes I think how much easier a traditional nine-to-five job would be. I would work less hours, it could pay more, and everything wouldn’t be resting on my shoulders. But I’ve done that and I wouldn’t be as happy… And there wouldn’t be you.
So very much of what I do is for you – my readers. This past week, I reached 25,000 followers on Instagram. And it still humbles me to know that 25,000 of you enjoy my content and like the same things I do. 25,000… More than six times the size of the town where I grew up. I’ve always felt a little different, and then I found this group of people who also love vintage inspiration and classic style and romantic decor. I see each and every ‘like’ and comment and email and it means everything to know you are there.
Over the years, I was told I couldn’t do certain things. I was told I wasn’t great at volleyball and I shouldn’t join the team. (Okay, this one was true and not playing volleyball in high school saved me a lot of embarrassment.) I was told a company I admired didn’t take interns as young as me, but I sat sweating and shaking through the interview until I got the summer internship… Then was asked to stay on part-time while I was in college. I was told I couldn’t pass the LSAT to get into law school and that I wouldn’t graduate… I swear the naysayers pushed me more than anyone else and I couldn’t have been happier as I walked across the graduation stage that day. And I’m sure you can imagine the negativity I’ve faced when I told people I wanted to blog full-time.
But that number – that 25,000 – makes me feel a lot better about any negativity I’ve experienced surrounding what I do. I know I’m on the right track and I am already dreaming up all the things I want to create for you in the near future and beyond. I want to inspire you, help you decide what trends you should embrace and which you should leave behind, share my beauty tips with you, and take you with me when I travel. I love what I do and I can’t tell you how wonderful it makes me feel when you tell me my content has inspired you or helped you in some way. So thank you for taking this journey with me and for being there for me every step of the way.
To the 25,000… This is for you!!
P.S. This week has been one for celebrations… Earlier this week, we celebrated a belated one-year blogiversary for The Cashmere Gypsy and now we’re celebrating 25k on Instagram. I couldn’t do it without you. Please let me know if there’s any content or specific posts you’d like to see on TheCashmereGypsy.com and I will do my best to make you happy.
I’m more curious how the law school path turned to a full time blogger path and do you ever miss any of that side?
It was definitely unexpected! I wasn’t necessarily happy in law school and then out of desperation for my creativity, I started taking photographs and writing. It was then I started feeling truly happy with what I was doing and I knew I should pursue something a little more creative. I made sure I finished school so that I would have that degree under my belt. I use it nearly every day when negotiating with companies and creating or editing contracts so I’m definitely thankful for it.
There are definitely times when I miss the stable, 9-to-5 environment of a traditional job. On the hard days, I occasionally question what I’m doing. But it’s always there if someday I decide to return to it. Right now, I really love a flexible and creative environment even if that means more working hours and a little less pay.
Thank you for your question, Rachel!!