Reasons Why I Blog

Day 31 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Ahhhh! Finally. The last day of the 31 Day Blog Challenge. And a challenge it was!! I am happy that I did it, but also happy that it is over. Blogging every day is not easy when you have a full time job and a very hectic life outside of that. It was crazy. And I was late on a lot of posts – sorry about that – but I do feel a lot better about my writing in general.

For the last day, I am supposed to write about the reasons why I blog, which is a fantastic way to wrap all of this up. Why do I do what I do?

The main reason, as most you know – or could have guessed – is because it gives me joy. I actually love thinking of new posts to write and have participated in so many more activities lately because of the blog. These last 4-5 months have been busy (and it’s only getting busier) but I have not felt like the blog is a burden at all. In fact, even though it adds some extra stress and chaos to my life, it’s been welcoming. I finally have a place to be creative.

One of the blog posts I had to write for the challenge was about my “dream job.” Which my answer was to be a full-time blogger. I would love to be able to devote all of my time to this blog. I’d definitely redesign the website as I’m not a huge fan as to how it looks right now. As soon as I move and get situated in London, it’s my plan to focus some time on the design. I’d also have more time to reach out to brands and other bloggers to develop relationships with them. I’d love to attend blogger events, which I know there are many in London. I’d also be able to devote much more time and research to my posts. I have a lot of serious topics and ideas sitting in my drafts right now and I would love to be able to get those published. I do love talking about fashion, beauty, food, and travel, but I also want to be able to write about the world and get honest hearty discussions going. It’s the best way to learn, in my opinion – which is one of the main reasons I love travelling so much. Meeting people from other cultures and talking to them about their experiences has been so liberating, interestingly enough.

Anyway, this post is supposed to be about why I blog, not about what I plan to do with it in the future. I’m just excited – forgive me!

I’ve decided to make a list of other reasons why I blog so read below to find out more.

  • I blog because….. it’s given me the courage to take more steps outside the box (taking more pictures in public, engaging in more social activities and events, talking with fellow bloggers and getting to know their stories, etc.)
  • I blog because….. I’ve definitely become more intelligent. I am reading more about the news and staying active in current events. I take every chance I get to learn more about the world around us. My horizons have expanded in regards to being tolerant to those in other cultures.
  • I blog because….. it has helped me with the realization of what is truly important in my life. By blogging, I have been able to understand what my passions are. Therefore I know the difference between wanting and liking something versus needing something. And as much as I do love materialistic possessions, I most definitely do not need them. And I no longer treat them as a priority. Just an added bonus 🙂
  • I blog because….. as I am moving out of the country, it will be a great way to keep my friends and family in the States apprised of my life abroad. They will have very easy access to what I am doing with my life. And as I am extremely honest with my blog, they will be able to see and read about the hardships as well.
  • I blog because….. it makes me proud. I truly do feel proud of myself for what I have created so far. It may not be the best, and I know I have a long way to go, but I am seriously loving the ride. The internet community is so engaging and it can be a wonderful place. I’m just trying to enjoy what I’ve created thus far and always have my learning hat on so that I can continue to get better.

I hope all of you have enjoyed my posts so far. I am always open to feedback so if you don’t want to leave a comment below, please feel free to contact me at samb@knackeredbychaos.com or using the Contact page on my blog. I would love to hear from you!

I do have a lot of plans for this blog in the future but I will have to ask you to be patient as it may take awhile longer before I can get back to devoting a large amount of time to it. I can not wait to move to London and write about my experiences as an expat. So weird. Yet soooooooo exciting!

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed the blog challenge and learned a lot of new things about me along the way. Stay tuned for many more exciting things to happen!

 

Much Love

xxx

What I’m Looking Forward To

Day 28 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Today I get to write about what I’m looking forward to as the title of this post suggests. Doy. If I titled this post that and didn’t write about it, that’d be stupid. But I’m trying to write an introduction here so let me reiterate the title. That’s what they taught me in school. We have to do it this way. No one knows why, and you’re not supposed to ask.

Anyway.

I’m looking forward to a lot of things. And instead of writing about one specific thing, I figured that I would make a list. Bitches love lists.

  1. Moving to the UK.
  2. Living with my boyfriend.
  3. Becoming a full-time blogger.
  4. Getting married.
  5. Travelling anywhere and everywhere.
  6. Having a child or two.

And I can’t think any further ahead than that. So ask me again in five years and I’ll probably have a whole new list.

 

Much Love

xxx

 

My Favorite Recipe

Day 27 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

I’ll have to apologize in advance to all of you because I won’t be able to actually post my favorite recipe, as it’s not mine and I’ve never actually made it before!! :O

If you’re an avid reader, you’re probably thinking it’s either the Turkey Chili I wouldn’t shut up about a couple months ago, or my boyfriend’s famous Spaghetti Bolognese.

And you’re right. It’s the Spaghetti Bolognese.

I like it for a lot reasons:

  1. It’s pasta. And I’m obsessed with pasta.
  2. It’s a secret. I don’t know how it’s made because he does it himself. And that makes it mysterious which makes me like it more. Psychology.
  3. My boyfriend makes it, in case you didn’t know already. Which means I don’t have to do anything.
  4. It takes three hours to make the sauce so by the time you actually get served, you’re hungry enough to eat another human being.
  5. Because it is actually that amazing. The flavors are exquisite. And if we ever opened up a restaurant, we’d probably become famous for it. Kid you not.

Sorry you can’t have any. Nor can you have the recipe because even I don’t have the recipe.

Muahahhaha.

#sorrynotsorry

 

Much Love

xxx

An Old Photo of Me…

Day 26 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

For Day 26, I’m supposed to post an old photo of myself. Unfortunately, all the old photos I have are in physical form and not digital. So I went through all the digital “old” photos I have and chose the one below.

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I’m pretty sure I was 5. And as you’ve guessed, this was my gymnastics photo! Fun fact about me: I used to love gymnastics when I was a kid. And I was decent! I only did it for a couple years, but it’s given me the ability to be relatively good at cheerleading in middle school and high school, and yoga now.

I chose this one because I was absolutely killing the leotard and bangs game and had to show you all. Hhahahaah 🙂

 

Much Love

xxx

My Five Favorite Bloggers

Day 25 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

For Day 25, I’m supposed to write about my five favorite bloggers. As you know, I’ve only had this blog since mid-January, so I don’t know the blogosphere all that well yet. It is my goal to start paying a lot more attention to my fellow bloggers, support their work, and stalk their profiles in the future. But for now, these are my five favorite blogs. If you don’t know them or heard of them before, you should check them out. I’ve included links to all their profiles below:

  1. Buzzfeed. I’m starting off big because I have always loved Buzzfeed. Most of their posts are hilarious and totally relatable. I’m not a huge fan of their news’ posts because they have no business reporting the news. It’s weird. Stick to what you know. Which essentially is trolling the internet and finding extremely funny shit to make fun of. Also, their recipes are usually great.
  2. In the Frow. All fellow lifestyle bloggers know her. She is amazing. And she’s absolutely beautiful. Her website is one to be desired and her Instagram game is top notch. She would be #lifestylebloggergoals and I think everyone feels this way. She’s definitely killing the game.
  3. MyBetterSelf. She’s actually more of an Instagrammer. I don’t think she has a blog, but I have included the link to her YouTube channel. She lives in Paris and is the cutest thing. I love her body image posts, and she’s actually very responsive despite the fact that she has over 24K followers. I really enjoy what she does and she seems like such a sweet girl.
  4. Ambitious Kitchen. I have blogged about her recipes before so I had to include her on this list. Her tag line is “Sweet Treats and Healthy Eats!” So cute. And I’ve made many of her recipes and they’ve all been very good. I always enjoy her posts and pictures of living in Chicago. You should definitely look at her recipes if you haven’t already.
  5. A New York Chapter. Last, but most definitely not least!! My best friend actually co-owns this blog. They created it over a year ago and have already formed so many relationships with different brands and fellow bloggers. And their photography is amazing. I love seeing what they’re doing and I think they’ve done an absolutely kick ass job so far. I definitely think this will be one to watch out for in the next couple of years as they continue to grow their brand and site.

And that’s it!

Like I said, I hope to get more familiar with other bloggers in the next year. So maybe I’ll be able to write another post in the future with a lot more detail. In the meantime, be sure to check these sites out if you haven’t. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

 

Much Love

xxx

My Favorite Childhood Books

Day 24 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

This is hard. Because 1) how am I supposed to remember? I was a child. 2) I read a LOT and LOVED all books. 3) I actually don’t think I had a favorite.

Ok so when I was a teeny tiny kid, I know I loved Green Eggs & Ham because it had my name in it so I thought that that was really cool. I know I always asked my mom to read me that one.

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When I got older, I loved the Nancy Drew novels. If I didn’t read all of them, I came pretty close because I was always checking those out of the library.

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I also loved all of the Mary-Kate & Ashley books. I would read them all and watch all of their movies. I wanted to be them and was really bummed I didn’t have a twin sister to solve mysteries with. Now that I look back, I’m so happy I didn’t. She probably would have taken all the credit!

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What was your favorite childhood book? Comment below!

 

Much Love

xxx

My Dream Job

Day 23 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Now this is a hard one to write about because it really has to depend on the way you look at it.

I changed my idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up very often as a kid. I went from “dentist” to “teacher” to “singer” to “actress.” When I got to high school, I knew I wanted to do something in the English realm, and decided on being an author. The next JK Rowling! Soon enough, I realized that I didn’t want that off the bat. I liked writing (still do, obviously) but the idea of spending my 20’s in a dingy apartment with coffee (that I didn’t like at the time) and constantly writing without knowing if I’d be successful or not did not sound appealing.

Part of me always wanted to be a stay at home mom. And as I still think that is a very rewarding life choice, I know that I would always want more. I loved nannying when I was doing it, but I always liked being able to take time to do adult activities as well. So devoting ALL of my time to mom life would eventually drive me mad.

I took a Project Management class at university and loved it. And luckily enough, I’ve been doing program management ever since. I do like the daily tasks I have, and the responsibility of keeping everyone on track. However, I work in a very technical field. And as you probably could have guessed from what I’ve written so far, I’m much more of a creative person. I prefer creative work spaces.

So I created this blog. And it has given me the opportunity to write short posts, work on social media, research other bloggers and the community I’m interested in, try new products, be way more adventurous than I used to be, etc. It has really broadened my horizons. And in this very short amount of time since I’ve launched it, I could really see this being my future career.

In all honesty, I do feel like I am not putting 100% effort into the blog right now. As you know now, I’ve been planning to move to the UK for months so my main focus was getting all of that figured out. And the next couple months I’ll be busy with packing, moving, finding a flat, and settling in. So I don’t anticipate getting into a smooth rhythm until the Fall. But it’s all worth it. And once I’m over there, I will have the opportunity to blog about so many more different things. We’ll be travelling much more and heading into London very often, and so on and so forth.

I would have to say then that being a full-time lifestyle blogger would be my dream job now. It would be amazing to set my own hours, write, post, research, meet other fellow bloggers, and get paid for it. Eventually, I hope to do that. I know it’s a lot of work, but I do have faith that I’ll get there some day. And it would also help make my dream come true of being able to stay at home with my children when they’re young! My mom did that for me and I will never forget that. It was truly amazing to have her there for me and I would like to be able to do that for my kids.

Any of you share the same dream job? If not, what is yours and are you on your way there? Comment below!

Much Love

xxx