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I was one of those people where I had my whole life planned out before high school. I knew I was going to Duke, I was going to be married by 26 and thought I knew who I was going to marry and what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I didn’t know that life was about to happen and change my plans. I didn’t know how to adapt to the change of not being in my dream career path.I was feeling pretty lost and had no idea where to go next. I felt like I settled for the things I was good at and kept thinking about my dream. I kept thinking about what another path I was supposed to take and how I was going to find it.
It wasn’t until I started my blog 4 years ago that I found that path. I fell in love with this space I created. This space was something that I could call my own, it was something that I was actually creating and something that was me. I fell in love with writing, taking pictures, recording videos and just being enveloped in this creative space. I knew this was going to be work, this was not going to give me overnight success and it was something I was very passionate about. I wanted this to be my next move, this to be my switch but how?
How was I going to make that transition when I have a family to support and things are taking off slowly? How was I going to stand out from the hundreds of bloggers and YouTubers out there trying to make a name for themselves as well? There were so many questions that I had and it made me start to doubt myself and if this was actually the right move.
I started to overwhelm myself with thoughts and questions and it started to drive me a little crazy. I had to take a step back and think with a clear head. I narrowed down what I wanted to do and figured out point B but I needed to know how to get there from point A. I needed to find that path or road that would validate my career.
The road is not going to be easy. I know that it’s going to be a lot of rejections, upsets, and disappointments. I know it’s going to be some long nights, tears, frustration and self-doubt. I know I need to push myself when I want to give up.I know that in the end, all of it will be worth what I’ve built. I know I have to take my time and figure out what moves I need to make and how to steer myself in the right direction. I’m also committed to stop doubting myself and my abilities. I know I have what it takes to do this and the support system to back me up.
I am now at that point where I’m trying to figure out what is next? What move do I make now to get where I really want to be?
When there is something that you cannot stop thinking about and something that you are passionate about, you should pursue it. You should not let fear or doubt get in the way of your dreams. My blog started as a small outlet four years ago to talk about my love of makeup, fashion, beauty and my natural hair journey. The more I dove into the blogging world, it became apparent that this was the career I was looking for. I saw how others made blogging and creating YouTube content into a living. I have always been scared of this not working out but how would I know if I didn’t try?I didn’t want to spend my life wondering why I didn’t take that chance and pursue my dream. I don’t want to live with any regrets. I decided to step out on faith and take this head on. My blog and channel are starting off in the right direction and I hope it will continue to grow from there.
Andrea is the blogger behind the lifestyle and beauty blog Naturalle Drea since 2013. Her blog focuses on reviews of subscription boxes, beauty products, tutorials, fashion, natural hair and glimpse into her personal life. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurial Studies and is in the higher education field.