Saturday, June 29, 2019

ONE YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY


A DAILY DOSE OF CLASS IS ONE YEAR OLD! 

One year ago today, I published my very first blog post. I cannot believe that it has been one full year since I decided to start this amazing blogging journey! I don't even know how to put into words how incredible this has been so far for me and how supportive and encouraging each and every one of YOU have been. None of this would be possible without you all following me and supporting me and I am more thankful than you know. I have learned so much and grown so much this year but I can certainly tell you that it was not all growth and success. It was A LOT of failure too. This process is all about trial and error and VERY hard work. You guys have no idea how much work goes into each and everything that I post and how much behind the scenes work that it takes. When I started a year ago, I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into. Don't get me wrong, I did my fair share of research and had a pretty good plan set but like anything else, you truly never know until you try. 

I have met so many amazing people, built so many wonderful relationships with other bloggers all over the world, partnered with so many amazing brands and boutiques, and learned SO many things. So I want to share with you today the top 5 things that I have learned this year since I have started blogging.

1. Be patient and good WILL come to you. 

When I first started, I wanted to be ALL IN. I wanted the big brand partnerships, the perfect Instagram worthy photos, all of it. But let me tell you... that is not real life. It takes time and time and time and more time. I'm still not anywhere near where I want to be but it's only going to get better from here 😍

2. Don't be afraid of rejection.

I can't tell you how many brands/boutiques that I've reached out to this year that have told me "no" or not even responded at all. And that's okay! Maybe it's not my time for that yet or they just weren't the brands for me. I just moved right on to the next one that I was interested in and kept trying and trying. Trust me it paid off because I have gotten to partner with the most amazing brands and boutiques that I have ever seen this year! I am so incredibly fortunate. 

3. Never give up.

Always have hope! This is a process, a never ending one. You get what you put in and I'm a firm believer in that. You'll fail a hundred times but that one time that you don't will make it all worthwhile. 

4. Never compare yourself to others.

This is probably the most important thing that I had to make myself do. When I first started this a year ago, I was constantly comparing myself to other bloggers. Ones I thought were prettier, more successful, had nicer things, had cuter things, more followers, etc. Where did that get me? No where. I had to be myself and create content that's unique to ME, no one else. Yes, a lot of bloggers share the same things but that's the real life of trendy things and big name places/brands. However, I really try hard to share things that I don't see anywhere else and that I truly love! Another thing I always try to do is support small businesses- it's one of my favorite things to do and usually they are the hidden gems with the cutest finds 😍

5. Realize and be grateful for how much support you have, not what/who you don't have. 

We are always quick to look at that follower count. How many followers do you have? How many followers do those other bloggers have? Don't get me wrong, having a good and continuously growing following is important but I always try not to get caught up in the numbers! I have realized that it's SO important to engage the following that I do have and I truly appreciate every single comment/like and "follow" that I get from you guys! I may not be able to respond to every single thing sometimes but trust me, I read it all and I see it all. Again, I would be NO WHERE without all of you and if you're reading this... THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

To my best friends and family, thank you. Thank you for understanding that I put the majority of my life on social media and accepting that. Thank you for always being willing to take my pictures and help me out. I love and appreciate you all 💗

To my Husband, thank you. If you guys know Jacob, you know he hates pictures (the exact opposite of me). However, he has NEVER once told me no to taking a picture with me or of me. He never complains about having to take my pictures with "the perfect background," putting a lot of our life on social media, constantly having packages show up at our door, etc. He may not like it, but he is always supporting me in so many ways and I truly could not be more thankful. 

To my fellow blogger friends, thank you! Thank you for accepting me into this world and following along with me. Even though I have never met the majority of you in person, I feel like you guys are friends that I've had forever! You all are the best.

To my followers and supporters, THANK YOU. I truly appreciate each and every one of you! If I could take the time to personally thank each of you that have read my posts, liked and commented on my posts, bought things through my links, etc, I would. Your support means the world to me, it really really does. 

This is JUST THE BEGINNING! 

This is my passion (one of them anyway) and I am just getting started! I have always been a determined person and I am determined for A Daily Dose of Class to succeed and CONTINUE to succeed. With the help and support of all of you, I am going to continue to grow and improve. With that being said, I am ALWAYS open to suggestions and tips on how I can improve and cater more to you guys! Please please please never hesitate to reach out to me about something you want to see more or less of. It's only going to get better from here! LET'S DO THIS 💓

Xoxo- Addie 





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