As I sit down and write this I am at a completely different place than I was in 2016 when I wrote my first post for Xo Mella Blog. I remember it was an opinion piece on toxic friendships and relationships. I remember sharing it to Facebook and thinking…people are going to think I’m crazy. To my surprise it was well received. I wrote opinion pieces on life and relationships everyday for almost a year, and then I felt less inclined to vent on the internet every day, so I took some time off.
I went on and decided to step back from the blog until I could decide what I wanted it to be. I knew it needed some rebranding but I was out of ideas. I put my trust in myself and knew that when the time came, I would find my spark again, and go in the direction I was meant to.
I eventually started on the blogging path once again, focusing mostly on beauty and lifestyle blogging. I got away from writing which I know I still to this day need to make more time for. It feels great to sit down and write this.
So back to the anniversary of Xo Mella. My blog has changed as I have changed over the years. I went from a single, venting, sometimes ranting, twenty one year old, to a now an engaged, twenty three year old, dog mother of two who doesn’t have crazy stories anymore but does have YouTube videos about hair extensions, and beauty hacks. Who would have thought my life would change like that? Not me!
I am thankful everyday that I took a leap of faith and decided that no matter how it turned out, or what if turned into that I would be proud of the Blog I had created. I rest easy at night knowing that no matter what, I know I tried.
I need to thank some important players. My sister Melissa is the graphic artist behind it all. Xo Mella Blog would not have been possible had she not given me the domain and graphics.
Also, My fiancé who has believed in my abilities to make my blog successful more than I have on some days. Who also surprised me with the camera and the set up that would give Xo Mella Blog a YouTube channel. Thank you Marco for never being embarrassed of my shenanigans and actually thinking I have some sort of talent behind it all.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and followed my journey over the past two years. I encourage any of you who have a dream in your heart to pursue it despite what people might think. If I can give any advice from what I have learned on this journey, it would be that you were given a dream no matter how little or big it may seem, for a reason. Being completely honest, I used to hate that I didn’t want to follow a path that would lead me to a sensible job. I used to dislike the fact that I was creative and different. But then I stopped that nonsense. I embraced the parts of me I suppressed for many years, and my life changed. Xo Mella Blog was just a thought in my head for a very long time. Then one day it was a blog, then it was a podcast on iTunes, and then it was a YouTube channel. Things change, when you decide you’re not changing the best parts of you. I am so happy I didn’t. Stay true to yourself, and the rest will follow.
And as always… XO MELLA BLOG💋