Happy Birthday to The Style Sauce - 3 Tips to Starting Any Passion Project
It's officially been 3 years since I started this blog. I feel so grateful and hashtag BLESSED to have been doing this for that long, but I also can't believe how much has changed since I first started this.
Wanna see my first post ever? (right this way)
Anyways, here I was in 2014, a struggling wardrobe stylist with a Communications degree from LMU who had been thinking and talking about starting a blog for YEARS, thinking I knew everything about everything. "This will be easy", I said. "How have I NOT started a blog", I said. Fast forward 3 years later and all the shit I didn't know blows my mind. I had no idea how much work this would be, how life consuming blogging could be, how fun blogging could be, what amazing opportunities it would lead to, and all the friends I was soon to make. That's the beauty of starting a project like a fashion blog - you can just up and start it one day without even realizing the totality of the ripple effect it will soon have on every single facet of your life.
While The Style Sauce is MY passion project, and that is why I've poured myself into this blog (some days more than some), it really doesn't matter what the passion project is. I encourage you reading this to start whatever it is you've always wanted to do, and don't be afraid to fail in the process.
If you want to do something, especially if it's something that's big, don't expect it to come easy. Nothing in life is free, and all that stuff your Grandmother always said, well it's pretty much true. Here's my three tips for succeeding at any self propelled mission, whether it be a blog, a new album, a jewelry line, or mastering the art of cooking.
1) Just do it.
If I had a cookie for every blog I wrote and/ or shot that I never published, I'd be very very fat. I can't tell you how many times perfectionism and fear has been the downfall of me doing anything at all other than thinking - which technically isn't really an action. I still put out things that suck-because I'm busy, or I'm tired, or it just didn't come out how I envisioned it, or I think it's good but in a year I'll probably be like what the hell was I thinking?? I try not to beat myself up about it. Unless you want to sit around thinking all day, you have to accept that sometimes you're going to suck and be willing to fail. You're not going to start off being the best at something you're new at. Even if you're very, very talented, you are going to make some mistakes. Let that happen. There's worse things than failing - like not trying AT ALL. When you do fail, learn from your mistakes and keep it moving. Just don't do the worst thing - nothing.
2) Master the art of balance.
Ironically, being on the computer all the time sometimes stifles my creativity. I'm at the point here with this blog that I have to frequently make choices between having dinner with my boyfriend or going to an event, working out or writing a blog, just allowing myself to have downtime or being on ALL of the time (so exhausting, don't do that!). This is something I struggle with in blogging from time to time. I've made the mistake of over extending myself way too much. Sometimes, I think that I can do it all. Sometimes, I find that worrying so much about the back end of SEO and analytics, the editing process, how many clicks I'm getting, and the way my layout looks on a mobile device, takes away from the art of it all. I also find that neglecting myself or my relationships also doesn't do anything for me as an artist.
At the end of it all, really, I'm here to be a creator. That's what I'm good at. All the other stuff is semantics. The better I become at balancing work and life the better I get at my job. Sometimes, my life gives me THE MOST inspiration to keep going and creating content and ideas to share here or on Instagram. Regardless of what kind of career you're after, you definitely need to have a balance, no matter what.
3) Be humble, sit down.
In the wise words of Kendrick Lamar, be humble, sit down. You don't know shit. The more you're hungry to learn, the more successful you're bound to become. I thought I knew everything when I started The Style Sauce, and really I knew a little bit about some things. I STILL don't know everything about blogging and the fashion industry even though I live and breath it, and that's why I'm still here. It's the perfect industry/ job for me because I never get bored. No matter how many times I pick apart runway trends, or how good my SEO strategy gets, I still will never know EVERYTHING. If you want to start a blog, you need to start reading, NOW! Go to every blog you like and study what you love and take parts of it and make it your own. (Check out this book about stealing like an artist, it's one of my all-time favorites) Read books, blogs, and magazine articles about other artists and writers and see what works for them. Always grow, always stay humble, and keep hustling.
The past 3 years has taught me so very much, and I can't even express how much I am thankful for the opportunities I've been given even at the small level I'm at now as a blogger. I feel like this year I've finally been able to take it more seriously, started making some money at it, and it's looking like this whole thing could actually be a job for as long as I'll let it be which makes me SO FUCKING HAPPY.
Thank you to everyone who has tuned in along this journey for the past few years, I'm so looking forward to the rest of 2017, which already has so much in store for me and this blog. When 4 years rolls around I can't wait to say DAMN we're killing it.
Oh yeah, and let's talk about what I'm wearing in today's post! Maxi dress is from Gypsy 05, the rose gold necklace and earrings from Krystle Knight, my favorite Australian jewelry designer who I'm sure knows a thing or two about the creative process :) Handbag is the Metropolis mini crossbody from Furla - I wear it way too much.
Photos in this post courtesy of Anna Sandul, Copyright The Style Sauce 2017.