Two-Year Blogiversary: Why I Blog

    Two-Year Blogiversary: Why I Blog

    It’s a special day here on Miss in the Midwest! Two years ago today, I launched this little blog of mine – I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, and I figured that not a soul would ever read it with the exception of my mom (who still reads every single one of my posts – hi, mom!). It was a tad terrifying to put myself out there on the Internet, but I am so glad that I did and haven’t looked back since.

    In celebration of keeping this space going for the past two years, I want to get a little personal with all of you today.

    See, a majority of people don’t know why I started Miss in the Midwest in the first place – Ryan had just graduated pharmacy school after six years; I left my first, full-time job with a company and people that I’d been with since senior year of college; we were making our first (of many) moves; and we were in the midst of our engagement and planning a wedding. Needless to say, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed – of course, I was excited for our wedding and having the time of my life with all the planning and details, but I also was feeling lost with not being at work in an office everyday. For the previous three years, I had been the “breadwinner” of mine and Ryan’s relationship, and I took a lot of pride in that – I don’t think I even understood or recognized that then, but I certainly do now when I reflect back on that time.

    I was lucky enough to do contract work for my previous employer for a few months after our first move, and in the meantime, I went on a few job interviews and worked with a couple headhunters. Unfortunately, I really struggled to find a job that meshed well with my qualifications, and I was downright unhappy (and at times, frankly, rather depressed) about the situation. I felt like my entire worth and other people’s perceptions of me were based on where I worked, what my job was, and how much money that I made. After all, that had been my way of life the previous few years.

    Two-Year Blogiversary: Why I Blog

    After we got word and made the decision for Ryan to take a full-time pharmacist position in Fond du Lac, Wis., (where we currently live, in case you’re new here), I also accepted a job in a suburb outside Milwaukee, so we opted to rent a house that was somewhere in the middle between our jobs (move #2). Well, before we even moved into that rental house, I chose to leave my job after only a week – the position was poorly misrepresented by both the headhunter that I was working with and the company, and I essentially was being treated as a waitress for a bunch of executives. I’m talking going out to get their lunch, cleaning up their dishes at the end of the day (yes, not kidding), etc. Seeing as I worked in a corporate communications office since college, editing and writing for employee newsletters and global publications, that wasn’t going to fly with me. I, of course, recognize that I am beyond lucky and blessed that I even had the choice to do this since Ryan and I are financially stable, and we’re able to live a comfortable life off one income – I know that not everybody is that fortunate.

    After many sleepless nights, lots of tears, and long, tough discussions with Ryan, this space was reborn (I had started it before our wedding, but I never really got it off the ground), and it really has become my saving grace. (If you want a good laugh, check out my very FIRST post!) This blog allowed, and still allows, me to have the outlet that I so desperately needed during that trying time in my life – here was where I could go to be creative, talk about things that I love and make me happy, and more than anything, be a part of this amazing community. And, because of that, I’ve been able to start and continue on my path as a freelancer, working for different brands and clients so that no day is the same and I get to work on things that I really enjoy.

    So, there you have it – my blogging story. As I continue to grow and improve Miss in the Midwest, I never want to lose sight of where it started and why it started in the first place. Sure, I now treat certain aspects of this space as a business (let’s face it – we all have to when we reach a certain point), but the occasional sponsored post, compensation and affiliate links never deter from the fact that I blog to create, share and teach about things that bring me joy. Some of my very favorite posts from over the years include life lessons that I learned from one of my favorite autobiographies, the first part of our home to be renovated and finished, a tutorial on how to use my favorite hair tool, and an outfit that I still wear to this day.

    Two-Year Blogiversary: Why I Blog

    This tight-knit community continues to surpass my expectations every. single. day. To each and every one of you that have and continue to contribute to the success of this blog, thank you. Here’s to (hopefully) many more years of inspiring one another.

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    1. EdyeNicolesMakeup wrote:

      Happy Blogiversary sweet girl! You’re so pretty <3

      Edye //

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    2. Maya McDonald wrote:

      YAY! I love love love this! And I’m so happy it’s been such a great journey for you too – I’ve loved following you over the last few years πŸ™‚ xx

      Posted 2.21.16 Reply
    3. Owen Davis wrote:

      Love your story and learning a little bit more about you. Gorgeous pictures! Xo

      Posted 2.20.16 Reply
    4. Nadia wrote:

      Yayyy happy blogiversary girl!! It’s amazing what you’ve been able to accomplish with this space in such a short amount of time, I loved hearing the backstory about how it came to be! I can’t even remember how we found each other but I’ve loved getting to know you over the past year! Cheers to years to come πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.18.16 Reply
    5. SO glad you blog, girlfriend! I love Why I Blog stories – cheers to many more years!

      Southern Style

      Posted 2.18.16 Reply
    6. Christina Sotherden wrote:

      Cheers to two years and I can’t wait to read for many more years – I’m so happy to have found you! LOVED reading your story and all the background to your journey!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    7. Happy 2 years, girl! πŸ˜€

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    8. Happy, happy two years!! Loved learning more about your story and why you started blogging – SO thankful that we’ve become friends through this crazy awesome online community! Cheers to many more years!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    9. aww i loved this post, and of course love your blog. happy blogiversary πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    10. Emily Dunham wrote:

      Congrats!!! Happy Blogiversary! Such a perfect post to share, especially for those of us that weren’t reading in the beginning! Love your space and can’t wait to keep following along.

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
      • Thank you! I was a little nervous to write and post about my story, but I so appreciate all the kind words. So glad you stop by to read!

        Posted 2.18.16 Reply
    11. The Adored Life wrote:

      I love, love, love, love, love you so much and I’m going to cry if I type anymore so I need to zip it!

      The Adored Life

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    12. Happy Blogiversary! You have come so far, and I can’t wait to see where you are going!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    13. Congratulations and happy 2 year – cheers to many more time come! xx

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    14. happy blogoversary! I love that blogging is such a fun, useful and creative outlet for so many out there! I used to blog book reviews, but now my blog is a diary of my life, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. So glad I found yours and can’t wait to read on!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    15. happy blogiversary! I’m so glad you brought this space back to life and we were able to connect! Also loving that I commented on your very first post πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    16. Happy blogiversary gurlie, so glad I found this space of yours! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us <3
      Green Fashionista

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    17. Ashley wrote:

      I love your blogging story and congrats on 2 years!! The blogging community is the best and I’ve loved following along with your adventures!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    18. Happy Blogiversary! Your story is great and thank you for sharing it. I admire the fact that you have accomplished a lot at such a young age. Thank you for being a bright spot to my mornings with your posts and I look forward to reading more. I also really hope that we can meet one day! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    19. Congrats on 2 years!!! Such a great post. Keep up the good work πŸ˜‰

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    20. Debra Stachelski wrote:

      Happy Blogiversary to you! When I read this, I realize how far you’ve come and all you’ve accomplished with your life and your blog. I’m proud of you and look forward to what’s next!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
      • Thanks, mom! Couldn’t do any of it without your love and support. Thank you for always being proud of me!

        Posted 2.18.16 Reply
    21. Happy Blogiversary!!

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply
    22. Pamela wrote:

      Happy blogiversary girl! It’s so great hearing the story behind the blog! And I’m glad yours had a happy ending! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

      Posted 2.17.16 Reply

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