This is how I blog. At the kitchen counter with a child in tow.
Almost exactly a year ago, I made a New Year’s Resolution to commit fully to blogging and turn Mom Closet into an inspiring forum for moms seeking practical wardrobe advice.
I have failed. Worse still, I barely tried.
All year long, I ignored the golden rule of blogging: consistency. I wasn’t fully committed to the project. I didn’t make regular blogging a priority. I didn’t spend nearly enough time in the blogging community, building relationships.
It’s no surprise then that I didn’t generate the results I dreamed of 12 months ago.
I’m a sad statistic. It’s reported that less that only 8 per cent of people succeed at their New Year’s resolutions suggesting that the vast majority of us are either delusional in making our resolutions, lazy in executing them, or abject failures making them happen.
Or are we?
I started MomCloset because I was developing an ever-growing interest in the transformative power of style. I had just begun trying to get pregnant for the second time (I actually was pregnant, I just didn’t know it yet) and was already thinking about the challenge of looking chic through pregnancy.
Mom Closet was motivated by these self-indulgent interests. It was about my changing body. My personal style obsessions. My experience as an amateur mom (who still couldn’t get her 18-month old to bed at a reasonable time) with a second little tyrant on the way.
Throughout the year I adapted to my new role. I’m no longer pregnant. My youngest child is almost 10 months old. I outgrew the need to consume myself with maternity and postpartum matters.
Simultaneously, my interest in the transformative qualities of clothing grew. I craved more than my own experience to draw on. I wanted a formal education.
I took an online course to become a Certified Image Consultant. It was quick course, but I sucked up and chewed on every piece of insight it provided like a sponge. Course completed, I knew my journey in image consulting was just beginning.
My next step was to pursue a Visual Branding Certification from the Fashion Stylist Institute, a much more in depth program that prepared me to start my own consulting business. Professionally, I already have many years experience helping people present themselves as speakers and to the media. Cultivating the ability to advise them on their visual image as well is a natural fit. Continue reading