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Does anyone miss how Facebook used to be? Back when people just shared moments of their life? I miss those days...and I wanted to share some random thoughts I've had lately which have nothing to do with this outfit. I've been really frustrated and down about social media lately and it's made me take a step back and look at things from a different perspective. I started blogging in 2010 as an outlet to destress from a very toxic real estate business. I had no intentions of ever making money from blogging, it was purely a hobby on the weekends. I've been VERY guarded and have always been afraid to really let my walls down. Back in 2011 when I first started using social media, it was so much fun. I posted bits and pieces of my life and included some outfits. Now it's all about sales and who can sell the most product. Don't get me wrong, this is my business and I love what I do however since monetizing has become such a HUGE part of social media, it's changed everything for me. I find it hard to keep up with everyone and especially this year - Milan is growing so fast, I have less time to comment, like or respond. I don't check my phone as often because being a mommy comes first. I get stressed and down when my photo doesn't do well and the fact that my mood is dictated by how many likes or comments I get or how many followers I lose or gain daily tells me this is NOT the direction I want to go. I worry about when to post, what to post, how my feed looks and how can I monetize this or that etc. I often wonder how do you please brands, sponsors, your followers and still continue to be authentic? I've learned that you simply can't please everyone. Every time I scroll through any social media feed, all I see is buy this, buy that, this is on sale...It's all just TOO MUCH and I am 100% guilty of it. Don't get me wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with making money and monetizing - this is how some if not most bloggers make a living these days (myself included). I said early on that once I stopped enjoying what I do and it becomes stressful, I need to re-evaluate what I'm doing. I constantly worry about what people will think if I post certain things that aren't planned or staged. How can I not worry or care what you guys think? This is not my hobby, this is how I feed my family so of course I'm going to care...however it's gotten to a point where I need to change what I'm doing in order to get back to what makes me happy and why I started blogging in the first place. This is getting way too long so basically I have decided that I'm going to no longer care about what time I need to post, what I should post and how perfect it is. I want to try posting whatever it is that I feel like at that moment and if it gets low likes - so be it. I want to share more of my personal life instead of always pushing for people to buy my outfits. Of course I will still share my outfits because that's part of what I love to do but my feed won't be perfectly curated like others and I may lose sponsors or followers and that's okay because at the end of the day, I need do what makes me happy. If you aren't happy with something, change it. custom bridesmaid wears by handmade # keepingitreal # justbeinghonest