A PEEK AT MY WEEK NO. 6: LET THEM LAUGH AT YOUR DREAMS
I’ve been blogging for a few years now but only recently have I really seen things pick up as I, myself, have started to take it all more seriously, and actually consider this as a potential career path.
In the last few weeks, I have had my first article in the local press (merci, Femina), been on my first press trip, seen a considerable increase in my stats, reached 2000 followers on Instagram, met some amazing people, received a whole bunch of lovely emails from readers AND redesigned my whole website (I hope you like it!).
I’ve been smiling a lot and thought I’d share a few thoughts and shots from a walk around La Cité in Lausanne with Hannah.
Photos by Hannah Shan
I had dreamed about blogging full time for a long time and lots of people laughed at me.
When I graduated, I co-founded a start-up in the real estate sector and people thought it was a really high-potential project. Everyone was encouraging us and fuelling us with energy. No one laughed at that dream. It was an interesting project, the business model had a lot of potential, I believe, and still do today, that it could have (and might still) go far. But it wasn’t my dream.
I couldn’t see myself in the real estate sector for the next 10-15 years. And if you want a start-up success story, that’s the amount of time you have to be willing to dedicate to it. You have to love the project. I have no problem dedicating myself to one project for that amount of time but it has to be my dream and it has to do good. That wasn’t the case.
When I left the start-up, I started thinking about what made me happy and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that my blog, learning about photography, travelling, making, baking, creating, encouraging other people to create things and build a life they love was what made me really happy.
The next big question was how could I possibly make that into a sustainable business? Was it even possible?
Lots of people ask me if I’m blogging full time now. No, I work on a ton of different projects. Can I make a living from my blog? As things are today, no I can’t. I do get invited to hotels, restaurants, collaborate with brands I love, receive little packages of make-up but I’m afraid, unfortunately, I can’t pay my rent with free lipstick.
I don’t know if it’s a realistic idea to aim to live off my blog in the near future but I’m determined to find out and see what happens along the way.
Does this mean I’ll be promoting anything that pays? Absolutely not. I have turned down a whole lot of paid collaborations with brands I didn’t like, didn’t fit my values, had awful online reputations, products I didn’t like after testing them (even though I could have really done with the money). I want to and will always continue to share recipes that work, real ideas, things and places I truly love.
If you’ve got any questions, feel free to pop them below or send me an email. I’ll always be happy to help if I can.
Photos by Hannah Shan
Before I shoot off, here are my thoughts of the week:
- It’s OK for people to laugh at your dreams – they don’t see what you see. My friend Manuela, shared this video this morning which made me smile. I like the part about the bamboo tree about 2 minutes in.
- Take time to find your passion. I know this is easier said than done but start by just pick out little things you love and do them more often. See what happens.
- And finally, don’t forget to enjoy the summer, wear lots of pineapple prints and drink bucket loads of bubble tea!
Thanks for stopping by for a read. Take care and keep dreaming big!
Big bisous xS