New Direction: Beyond the Fashion

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”― Author Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Today’s post is a little different than most. I know you stopped in (thank you for doing so) very likely expecting to see an update on the latest fashion, trends or style. Well, the truth of the matter is that today I am going in a bit of a different direction. If you have been following One Style at a Time you know that this is the home base of all things fun and fabulous fashion. Today, I want to take off the fashion blogger hat and just have an honest and transparent conversation. You see, for quite some time I have been on quite a personal journey that includes a bit of self-discovery and includes change. I’m sure if you are reading this you can relate on some level because aren’t we all on a path of improvement or transformation. Sometimes you can’t move forward unless you take a step back and take a deeper look at the things that really matter. Now for everyone this introspective peek inward may be different. For me it meant remembering what are some of the things that I enjoy from life. As a blog writer and active social media participant, I’m surrounded by so much information and fast-paced news so the art of research comes in handy. In my search for finding more information I discovered that bloggers are put in a box with tons of labels. From day one, I have been asked, “how do you monetize your blog? how many followers do you have? what is your niche?” I have even been dismissed by people close to me and total strangers because they don’t think ‘blogging’ is a serious venture or because I’m not following the ‘popular formula’. For one, I made a conscious decision years ago that I wasn’t going to be a street style blogger and it’s great that it works for many but fashion blogging is not a one size fits all. I have had endless propositions to promote brands and products that just did not fit my with my style, audience or message. I stand behind projects and partnerships that make sense and that I sincerely believe in. I don’t believe that you can put a price on ingenuity.

Last year I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’. You may know her from her best seller book and movie, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Interesting enough, this book suggestion came to me from a complete stranger on YouTube who recommended I read this book. I took the suggestion and never looked back. What a great book for anyone on a creative path. Although Liz talks from the writers point of view, this book is a great and inspiring read for anyone who is afraid to own their creative gifts and follow their path. This book brought some great insights and made me think back to a time when I was a child. As children at some point we are asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was to be a writer, painter, fashion designer and an architect. Most kids say, fireman, doctor, teacher or nurse. Not me, I guess early on I sensed I had multiple creative passions. For so long anyone who had multiple passions was considered by society to be confused or simply a flake. I doubt you can say that about many famous names throughout history and even today. Case in point, Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, geologist, mathematician among many other things. Harrison Ford is an actor with a love for flying helicopters, Jane Seymour is a well-known actress and painter, Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Do you see where we are going here?

If you navigate around One Style at a Time, you will find that although the main topic has always been fashion, it is not a one dimensional blog and I am proud of that. I’ve learned that it is important to stay true to yourself no matter what the analytics show. Nothing against the stats, but without inspiration the content will not feel right with your audience or with yourself. So in the spirit of staying truthful, I am taking a new approach. As of now, this blog will begin touching on additional subjects that are NOT strictly related to the fashion world. My personal life in the last couple of years has taken on different layers that I feel are meaningful and worth sharing. This is not to say that I won’t continue sharing all the fun fashion content with you all (I’m a fashion girl at heart), but there are more topics that I feel guided to include here. It’s all part of the evolution and growth of this blog and I do hope that you stay with me on this ride that includes a bit of change. I appreciate the longtime support and hope that I can bring some additional value to each of you. I will continue to share any shifts in direction as they happen. Thank you for your readership and if you are someone who has many passions like cooking, dancing, photography, designing or writing, my advice is don’t stop working on it! If you haven’t started or are afraid to take the next step, work through that fear and go for it anyway. Never let your gifts go to waste and never allow anyone to talk you out of going for your dreams. Never stop exploring and continue to keep the curiosity alive one step at a time.

“I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.” Emma Watson

I welcome your thoughts in your comments below.

xo

Maria