It is hard to believe that I launched this blog a month ago! I have to say that as nervous as I was for YEARS of launching and putting myself out there on social media, I am absolutely loving this little side hustle of mine. I am having so much fun, and it feels really good be following my passion.
But how did I actually get the guts to do this? I didn’t do it alone..
I had been very inspired for about 10 years by other influencers and bloggers. I even had a friend from college launch a super successful blog and kept feeling the urge to do the same but I had so much doubt that kept holding me back at the time.
Years later, I started seriously thinking about doing it again. I even brainstormed blog name ideas with one of my best friends. She is a fellow teacher and is the one who actually helped me come up with the idea for “Teach Pretty”. (Thanks Katie!)
Once I had the name, I had a burst of excitement and started telling other close friends and family members that I was going to launch a blog. That was 3 years ago.
The people I told, checked in with me from time to time after I had announced my plans and asked me how my blog was coming along, and unfortunately I had nothing to tell them. The self doubt had crept back in and I was terrified to put myself out there. What would people think? What would they say? Do I look like a blogger? Do I have the right clothes? Do I have the right makeup? I started doubting everything, and this was during my dark time when my hormones were a mess and I just did not have any self love for myself. So, I just put the idea of my blog in the back of my mind and went on with my life.
Once we moved to Cleveland, Matt and I had agreed that it would be okay if I took a year off teaching. Well, when you’re not working, and you don’t know anyone in a new city, you have a lot of free time. I desperately needed something to do. So, with the constant encouragement from my mom and some of my best friends, I decided to go ahead and buy the domain for “Teach Pretty”. I really loved the name that Katie had helped me come up with, and was terrified that the domain name would have already been taken because I had waited so long to take the next steps. I typed, held my breath, clicked enter and was over the moon excited when I saw that teachpretty.com was now mine! Phew! Step 1 was done.
Next, I decided to reach out to a friend of mine from Charlotte. Lauren and I had gone through yoga teacher training together in 2012 and had stayed in touch since then. She had launched her blog several years ago, and I admired her dedication of engagement with her followers and the quality of her posts. I decided to reach out to her, and she was more than happy to help me figure out my next steps in launching teachpretty.com. Lauren was so patient with me and shared so many tips and resources with me, however one of the most valuable things she told me was that I needed to follow and join Style Collective.
I had never heard of Style Collective, but a quick instagram search had me scrolling and I was immediately so inspired by the feed. I checked out the website and was blown away when I saw that for just $10 a month I could join a community designed for influencers. I felt like I had found a goldmine.
Annie Spano, the creator of Style Collective created the website a little over three years ago after leaving her corporate job because of a terrible work bully. She started her own blog and decided that she wanted to inspire other women to follow their own passions and became an entrepreneur. I don’t know her personally but she has inspired me so much. I am forever grateful for everything I have learned through Style Collective.
Style Collective is such a valuable resource to anyone who needs some extra inspiration to follow their dreams, not just influencers. Annie’s podcast “Becoming Fearless“, is something that I cannot sing enough praises about. Each week she interviews a different female entrepreneur, and hearing their stories of transformative experiences and obstacles that they overcame is so inspiring.
The podcast is a free resource you can listen to. However, joining SC will also get you access to a directory of fellow SC sisters all around the globe. This is especially great for collaborating and planning meet ups with like minded ladies! SC also provides an education library with resources for literally any question that an influencer might have, whether it is about blog post ideas, how to reach out to brands, how to create media kits, and the list goes on and on. If you have even had the slightest inkling to start a blog, I highly recommend signing up for Style Collective. Once you join, you also get access to a private SC Sister facebook group where you get to connect with other sisters daily!
Finally, one of my most favorite things about being a member of SC is that Annie and the entire community really encourage working together rather than competing with one another. Prior to starting the blog, I was worried that I wouldn’t have as good of a layout as other bloggers, or great pictures, or the same designer clothes and perfect makeup. However, after I spent much time reading through SC blog posts and listening to the podcast, I have finally grasped that comparison is the thief of joy. Once I took this to heart, I stopped comparing and I started having fun. Who cares what others are doing. Are you happy? Are you following your passion? Are you doing your very best? Then great! Don’t compare. Don’t compete. Just be true to yourself. This group empowers women to work together and lift each other up. If you have more questions about SC, let me know. Joining SC was the catalyst in my most transformative year ever and I couldn’t be more happy about the direction my life is taking.