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Well, Dashing Darlin’ turns THREE today. And, gosh, this has been a journey that has brought so many blessings yet also brought some tears. When those first thoughts of creating a blog came to mind in 2014, my insides immediately began to tremble with fear of the unknown. There was this fear of failing and fear of disapproval that was haunting me. But, then there was this still, small voice whispering to me to step out on unknown waters. So, what voice should I listen to?!!! Of course, in 2015, I responded to the voice of truth. God confirmed over and over to me that He was apart of this new chapter. How could I not give Him my YES?!
confession: I’m really not a fashion or brand expert.
My expertise is not in the latest trends. Actually, I’m an expert at cleaning a scraped knee, taking care of sick kids, budgeting my grocery cash for the week, and working on a healthy marriage. I’ll be 40 this year, and heck, that means that I can’t keep up with those young mom bloggers in their 20’s. Does this disqualify me to write a fashion and lifestyle blog? I don’t think so.
What I definitely know is that I am expert at being ME. God has given me the confidence and assurance to be ME. I may momentarily question my ability to do this blogging stuff, but I snap right back into reality. I embrace what only I can offer and embrace what others can offer.
confession: I have moments that I dislike myself.
To say that I never struggle with myself would be a big fat lie. I have learned to NOT compare my worth, talents or beauty to others. But, there are moments that I disappoint myself. I am not the most organized person or driven person, and that weakness tries to tell me daily that I am a disappointment. And, some days, I fall victim big time to that lie. I really begin to believe that I will never be able to change.
The beauty in this is that I don’t have to live being controlled by that guilt and self doubt. The voice of truth whispers that I will overcome and begin to walk in a spirit of excellence.
confession: I love the connections that I have made in the last three years.
I don’t believe in accidents. I do believe in divine appointments. From my readers to my blogger friends to the brands that I have partnered with, it has been so rewarding. How could I ever question the hand of God when I look all around me.
“God is the GREAT ENGINEER, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us into divine appointments.” -Oswald Chambers
Again, thank you so much for all of your support. I appreciate you more than words can say. Make sure to go enter to win all of these goodies on my latest IG post: here.
You can purchase the macarons featured above from Sucre’ for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. They will ship them anywhere in the U.S.
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Your blog is amazing and so inspiring! You have done a great job these past 3 years! Keep up the amazing work babe!
Loved reading this post and as always, love following along! Happy 3 years! Woohoo!!
xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco
Illy Junus says
your blog is beautiful, love it everything about it
Oh my how beautiful outfit you have on those photos! I like your lipstick shade! 🙂 I would want to buy some color that is more darker. 🙂 Congrats on your 3 year blogging! I have done it just one month. 😀
Laura Leigh says
You’re so cute gal! Happy BLOGIVERSARY!!! So exciting and you are killing it lady. Love the confessions too. Always great learning more and realizing bloggers are real people!
xo Laura Leigh
Jenn Loyd Life + Style says
I love how you give all the glory to God! It’s inspiring to read your story and thanks for sharing your struggles too
Congratulations on making it to three years in the blogosphere! I know it takes a lot of perseverance (as I’m coming up on my two-year soon.) I love that blogging gives us all a voice to share our thoughts and everyday life. Also, that top is to die for ❤️
Valerie Hansen says
You are so darling in these pics and happy blog anniversary! It will be 4 years for me the end of August. I get a bit frustrated sometimes, because I have not monetized much, but I have had a LOT of amazing opportunities come my way because of the blog–and yes when God opens the door its a beautiful thing, I turned down a very good paying job right before my blog happened..I beat myself up as to why I did such a crazy thing..had I taken it the commute would’ve stomped out the chance of a blog ever happening…I regret the money I am not earning, but in due time!
Blessings and congrats on all your accomplishments!
Congratulations on your 3 year blogiversary! Such a great accomplishment gf!
Sofia Sakare says
Hey, nice to meet you! And happy blog anniversary ? thank you for being honest and open about your feelings.. you are a true beauty in and out ?
Leigh Suznovich says
Oh I love the sentiment about making connections, it’s so true. Also, I will definitely be ordering those macarons, they look incredible!
Happy blog anniversary lady! I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years so these are all things I’ve felt and experienced.
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You keep doing YOU! You’re killing it! Happy Blog-iversary <3
Amber L Nall says
Happy Blogiversary! You sound exactly like me. I’m 45 and thought it was too late. But I’m glad I pushed through and didn’t let anyone discourage me. You look fab and those macaroons look yummy!!
Cheers to 3 years and I really love your confessions. It’s so nice to see other bloggers keeping it real.
Happy Blogiversary babe!! I am totally in love with this post and you are so amazing and inspiring and so glad to see you on here!!
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Ruth Ridley says
LOVE these confessions!! Love these shots and I love that we both said YES at the same time so we could be in this together!!!!!! Love you sister!!!
Happy blogiversary! Such an exciting accomplishment and I’m sure you couldn’t be more proud of how far you and your blog have come! I can’t wait to continue reflecting back each year you celebrate!
What a lovely read and congratulations!! I hope I would be able to do as well as you when I get to my 3rd year of blogging!
Happy 3 year blogiversary!!! I absolutely love your confessions <3
The connections you make as a blogger are seriously incredible! Love your look – congrats on 3 years!!
Cheers to 3 years of blogging! That’s so exciting.
Congratulations on three years! My blog is a little over three years. I felt like it was a big step into the unknown but I am so glad that I did it!
Tanvi Rastogi says
A. You look amazing. I would have never guessed your were almost 40. Congrats on blogiversary. Love your blog.
Congratulations on your big blogaversary! Three years is amazing! I love how you are so true to yourself on here. You can totally see it!