5 Life Lessons I Learned From Blogging

It has been five years yesterday since I started this blog (thanks Facebook memories!) Five years equals about ten thousand hours, which according to Malcom Gladwell, makes me an outlier, right?! Does that mean I’m getting rich soon??

I’ve learned a lot over the past five years, so I thought I would round up five of the most important life lessons being a blogger has taught me.

  1. Know Your Worth. Don’t be afraid to ask for fair compensation for your work, even if you are a new blogger with a small following. Figure out what it takes you to get the job done and price it out where it makes sense for you. (I’ve actually had PR Firms tell me I should ask for more money!) Of course there are lots of opportunities to collaborate, support a small business or charity you love, and in that case you can always reduce or waive your fee. If you don’t value yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? 
  2. Don’t hate, collaborate! I can’t express how important this point is. I personally love supporting my fellow bloggers and friends. I genuinely want to see my friends succeed, and trust me somehow the universe always gives it back to me. Also, it is important not to fall in to the comparison trap which can turn you in to a bitter unhappy being that no one wants to be around. If someone you know has landed an amazing project, or if they just bought your dream Chanel bag, be happy for them and just focus on creating great work. You have no idea what’s in store for you in the future, so just do you! Or if you want to compare, look at those who have much less than you do.
  3. Make it Work. Bloated? Cold Sore? No budget? It is so easy to make excuses for why you shouldn’t – but if you truly want to be successful you will need to make it happen despite the challenges. A few years ago Adam broke a glass on my face and I had to get stitches and wear a bandage on one side of my face for a month. As a result, my outfit pictures were all pretty much taken from the side view or with a hand strategically covering it – see example in this post here – but please don’t judge the outfit (cringe!). If you can’t afford a great camera, you can offer to promote a local photographer on your blog in exchange for their work. In regards to finances, let’s face it there are always going to be people who have more than you – it just forces you to be more creative, which is a good thing!
  4. Never stop learning. (You can learn anything on YouTube!) When I started I wasn’t tech savvy at all, nor did I have a clue about photography or editing. I also got my first Macbook as a gift after I started so I even had to teach myself a whole new operating system! Many many hours of trial and error, banging my head against the wall in frustration, and youtube tutorials later, I am now proud to say I’m a self-taught digital content creator! Keep an open mind and always try to improve yourself and your skills.
  5. See yourself in your best light. I got this one from my friend and blogger babe Zunera. We often criticize ourselves the most harshly, and often unfairly. Comparing our unedited to someone else’s photoshopped is just not fair. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to anyone you love. Put simply by Big Sean, ‘if you love yourself just know you’ll never be alone.’

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  1. striped-trouser-pants-gucci-bag vertical-striped-pants- vertical-striped-pants-bodysuitstripe-pant-gucciPants | Top (linked similar- actual top is a swimsuit) | Shoes: Thanks to M.Gemi (exact ones sold out) Similar Style | Bag| Choker/Long Necklace: Thanks to Kendra Scott | Bag: Gucci

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  • That look when...ALL your friends tell you (after you ask them, for research obv) that your best quality is that you are ‘REAL and RELATABLE’ and at first I took it as meaning i was not ‘aspirational’ as Fashion Bloggers are supposed to be (are they? I don’t know I’m rambling now) but now I’m thinking....is that actually such a bad thing?? I mean I would hope I’m real...Isn’t being real aspirational these days? 
#flashback #thinkingoutloud #ethicalfashionblogger
  • We shot this picture a few weeks ago because Tom’s uncle was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and we wanted to cheer him up (Adam and I made the sign and his other uncle made special bracelets) since then I’ve learned of even more friends of mine who have been diagnosed with cancer and it is just mind boggling how you can be so young and healthy and yet still be faced with it. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I felt like sharing this pic (even though I look possessed) because sometimes we get so into our own heads about our lives, our own needs and wants - and this is just a reminder that if you have your health, you really have it all ❤️
  • I’ve had a love hate relationship with my living room paint color since we moved in to this house 7 years ago. I almost painted it all white this month but chickened out last minute - what do you guys think? Paint it or nah?
  • Gym update: Not there...
My mind is always running though, does that count???
Wearing @ariandoak capsule collection #pakistanifashion #styleinspo
  • No Coffee, No Talkie 〰️ (Also in case you’re wondering yes that’s marker on my bean bag chair because there is marker on everything in my house atm - I’ve accepted it and moved on) Zoom in and/or swipe to see my gorgeous coffee mug by @traditionaltruckartmugs - have a great week beautiful insta familia! ❤️ #coffeelover #giftideas #momswithcameras
  • Hot chocolate - not *just* my nickname in high school~ 😜@simplymithai makes desi sweets look as gawjus as they actually taste! From a girl who was forever scarred for bringing seviyan (a Pakistani dessert) to school for ‘culture day’ (the kids thought they were worms in milk) so....these pretty pieces are a breath of fresh air! (These ornaments are actually filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows!) Check out their IG for more on how Ambreen lives and breathes chocolate and burfi (side note: also appreciate she doesn’t spell it barf-i 🤮 ) - anyway it’s so much fun - enjoy! #holiday #hotchocolate #ornaments
  • Just like a candle in the wind 🌬 Currently keeping warm inside decorating my tree 🎄, reading Michelle Obama’s new book Becoming, and burning @hillhousenaturalsfarm candle in Fresh Spruce and Orange (smells *exactly* like Christmas) What are you guys doing today?? #sundayfunday #holidaydecor #cozyhome
  • Love is my religion ❤️ to be quite honest, I’m tired of all the labels 〰️ wearing a thrifted @alexanderwangny crop top from @materialworldco and holding a Swarovski motif from last night’s @jimmychoo + you party. #mood #love
  • Last night with my favorite @annieswift @jimmychoo celebrating the Choo + You personalization service, where you can choose different motifs out of Swarovski crystals to make your own bespoke piece! (More in stories check it out) Thank you @cranberrytantrums for the 📸! #instastyle #jimmychoo #styleblogger

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