Style*Mind*Chic Life Turns 5!! [Reflections on Blogging]

It's hard to believe that StyleMindChic Life began 5 years ago today. I'll never forget the excitement, and fear, of pushing the publish button on this tiny first post. I think it is safe to say it takes time to find your voice as a blogger. I know it did for me. There are still times, though less frequently now, that I take a step back to rediscover my voice. As with any creative project, a blog is chameleon and changes over time. In the big picture, it is because we change over time and the blog is a reflection, a visual journey of change. My little blog has grown from a few posts on Blogspot to a full lifestyle website housing 500+ posts of my lifestyle/travel blog, my online StyleMindChic Boutique and now the addition of my luxury Curated Travel Services.

If you are new to Style*Mind*Chic Life:

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

1 - The name for my blog happened completely by accident. I wanted to create a blog with a blend of style and mindfulness, with a nod to my career in school psychology. When I tried various versions of style and mind on Blogspot, my original blog platform, all those names were taken. I added the 'chic' (not chick; by the way) just to grab a title that day.

2 - Though it surprises some people, I'm an introvert at heart. I'm a fairly shy person and though I love gatherings and parties- known as the life of the party on occasion - I need a day or two of quiet time to rebalance myself. It's interesting to note that many bloggers have an introverted side to them. Can you relate to being an introvert often functioning as an extrovert?

3 - I'm proud to say I'm married for the THIRD time. YES!! I'm owning it -- and this 'three's a charm' marriage to Scott has lasted 16, frequently blissful years. For those of us who experience heartbreak, loss and divorce, I understand the journey. For those of us who remarry, after loss or divorce, I consider us optimistic and hopeful.

4 - I was adopted and found my birth family, including a full-blooded sister and brother, twenty years ago. It's been an amazing journey for me. I started this blog with a goal to share more of that story and I feel like this is the year.

5 - I made a bold move by retiring from my 33 years in education last summer. It has been empowering, and also nerve-wracking at times. I'm reinventing myself at age 55, and trusting my instincts that the timing is right. I'm now working from my laptop on my lifestyle blog, my online boutique and my newly launched Curated Travel Consultant service, and that is my dream come true.

A few of my favorite images over the years:

If you are a blogger, you can probably relate to this. Each time a blogger clicks the button to publish a post, we are putting another piece of ourselves out into the world. We are opening ourselves up to words of appreciation, a meeting of the minds, constructive criticism or...crickets (the worst!). Blogging has expanded my world with amazing connections, brand collaborations and opportunities I could have never imagined.

I am grateful for you, the readers and supporters of StyleMindChic Life. Thank you for reading, commenting, emailing and for continuing the conversation. I learn so much from you, and you enrich my life exponentially. Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of planning unforgettable travel experiences for you and your families at Curated Travel. We continue to grow and change at StyleMindChic Life.  Look for more inspiration for the curated life -  travel and style  - in the coming months and years.

If you are a blogger, how has your blog journey changed over time?

Cheers to you for being here and cheers to another 5!