We are celebrating another year here on the blog today. Run and get a class filled with something, put on a party hat if you have one on hand and tear up some paper and toss it like confetti. Tomorrow MimiCuteLips officially turns seven years old.
When I started this blog I wanted an outlet outside of motherhood. I felt like after I had become a mom it negated all the other amazing things that made me, Mi. I embraced being a Mom 100% for the first two years; I was figuring things out like any new Mom. I was breastfeeding my son, navigating a breast pump, and working at the same time. Once I had a solid grasp (Is that even a thing when parenting?) on parenting I was ready to be a regular member of society again. In 2004 when my son was six month old I went back to my natural hair. Technically it was a return because I was born natural, but to my knowledge my hair had always been chemically altered.
When I started that journey I created a Natural Hair album on Fotki and I kept it going for many years. I had built a solid community of followers who were also on their own natural hair journey. I posted pictures, I shared products, and I did hairstyle tutorials. Oddly enough it was the pre-cursor to blogging only I had no idea that blogging was on the cusp of becoming a thing. After having a solid album for five to six years I let it go. However I missed the community I had created and the outlet from parenting.
February twenty fifth, two thousand and ten I created MimiCuteLips.com. My hair album was named MimiCuteLips so it was a no brainer to keep the same name that I had already established and fit me so well. Now seven years later MimiCuteLips has evolved into more then I could have dreamed of. It isn’t final but I’m on a path to exactly where I need to be.
I didn’t get serious about MimiCuteLips until I was 3 years in. Even then I wasn’t 100% sold on what direction I wanted to go in. What I did know is that I’m a gal of many talents and passions and I was adamant that I wouldn’t be put into a box. Lifestyle was the perfect category for me, now seven years into the game I want to drill down to events, travel/food with a hint of DIY.
My word for the year is Leap and I must admit I haven’t been leaping the way I really need to be. I’m the person that doesn’t ask for what she needs. When people volunteer assistance I always say thanks, but no thanks. The truth is I don’t and I can’t get where I want to go alone.
This me speaking my truth, it is essential to my growth. I want to be the go to person to cover events, all type of events. I want to be sent on press trips to cover events. I want people to reach out to me and sponsor my trips to cover various events for them. I sometimes use the kids as an excuse and sometimes they are a legit reason but other times it is me. Most of the time it is me getting in my own way and keeping myself from being my greatest.
Last night I attended a PR & Bloggers event and it was exactly what I needed. It lit a much needed fire under me. It showed me how much value I have in this here blogging game. I am ready to leap even if I do it afraid.