Well, it’s been a month since I’ve started this little blog and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
I have always enjoyed writing and getting my thoughts down on “paper”, so starting the blog was a no brainer. Why a blog, do you ask? I thought it would be the best way to share my thoughts, knowledge and experiences with a wide variety of people. I’ve travelled quite a bit, and love sharing my travel experiences, especially with those who are thinking about planning a trip, or who have never travelled before. I also love sharing my thoughts on beauty because, as a former esthetician, I feel that I have tips and tricks to share with the world! LOL!
Since starting the blog, I’ve learned a lot too. New recipes, fun do-it-yourself projects, tips and tricks for around the house, and best of all, I’ve made a few friends. It’s also renewed my interest in Facebook. Since I started the FB page for Style Domination, I interact with more people with my same interests (https://www.facebook.com/styledominationblog).
With blogging, I feel I’m becoming a better writer. With this added writing practice, I pay more attention to words and write more concisely. I also feel like I’m “thinking more”. I’m constantly thinking about ideas for new posts, do more research on subjects I plan on writing about, therefore learning more, and frankly this makes me feel like I’m living more in the now and better experiencing “myself” – what makes me tick.
With this, I’m been thinking more about the type of person I am. My blog has shed a light onto “Dominique” and her interests and ultimately…and how that reflects on me. While I love shoes and handbags and clothes and lipstick, they don’t define me. I started thinking more about whether or not this is the image I want to portray. Maybe I want people to know that I love art, that I’m a museum nerd, that I’m the Queen of Obscure Facts, that I’m an undercover gearhead, that making a person laugh gives me life and that true love – other than Ryan – is planting something in the ground and seeing it flourish. Maybe I should focus on that more…
Another thing I’m greatly enjoying is the fact that blogging is changing my habits for the better. I turn into a recluse in the winter because I hate the cold. From the months of October to April, you can usually find me parked on the couch in the basement watching tv, iPhone in one hand, magazine in the other. Since I’ve started blogging, I watch much less tv…and I don’t miss it one bit. I’m reading and writing much more. I’m taking the time to research things and looking for events to attend to get myself out there and meet like-minded peeps. I spend more time talking to Ryan about our interests and ideas, and we’ve started a bit of a routine before bed, enjoying tea in the living room and talking!
I’m think most surprisingly, is that I’ve inspired people. I received a kind email from a girl in the US who was greatly inspired by my Finding My Signature Scent post. I was so struck by her email outlining how reading my post really made her think about perfume, its quality, the memories it evokes and how she planned on finding her own signature scent. I must have re-read that email a dozen times. Another person wrote to me praising my Style Domination’s Guide to Paris. She thanked me for my recommendations and planned on visiting some of the sights that I wrote about. I think this is just amazing. I’m thrilled to share my knowledge and feel great knowing that people are reacting positively!
My only regret is that I didn’t start this sooner, but I’m well underway and enjoying every second of it.