I can hardly believe it but today my blog turns 4 years old! What began as a way for me to get out of the house and shake postpartum depression has evolved into the blessing of being a work-from-home mom, sharing my faith, and helping a whole lot of people find deals on things they were dying to have but didn't want to pay full price.
If you've been reading my blog for a long time (or if you're just finding me today, hi!!) you know I LOVE a good giveaway, and I only do giveaways that I'd be dying to win myself! And on this 4 year anniversary I'm giving it back to you. FOUR readers will win $100 gift cards to FOUR of my favorite retailers: Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Target and Amazon. Because the best way to celebrate a birthday is with gifts right?!!
White Floral Dress
Tan Sandals (30% off right now!)
Tote Bag (sold out, similar)
Now for some reflection.
Four things I've learned as a blogger:
1. I believe in God having a hand in all that we do, and I absolutely believe the only reason I've been any measure of successful is because of Him. This blog is way bigger than I ever imagined it would be, but it's still teeny tiny in comparison to many others! I'm just grateful for this space and that I can be exactly who I am here. I also firmly believe that when I prioritized reading the Book of Mormon each morning, my ability to balance work-mom-wife life increased tenfold. It's my secret sauce, my superpower, my lifeline to everything.
2. One of the things that held me back the most in the beginning of my blogging journey was the scarcity mentality. Competitiveness. Feeling like if someone else got a great campaign with a brand I loved, that meant less potential for me to work with them someday. If someone copied my hard work, that meant all my efforts were for nothing. Having a blog that posts the best deals on the internet means a lot of people sit back, wait for me to do the work, and just pick up whatever benefits them. Although I still believe this isn't right (or fair), I wasted a LOT of energy and time worrying about it in the beginning. When I learned about the abundance mentality, and really committed myself to it, things really changed for me. I was able to put all that dumb, wasted energy on being mad that people were copying me, into positive energy and productive efforts. If you are struggling with this, or ever have in the past, I highly suggest this talk and this book.
3. When I first started blogging, I ran around to every event in town that I was invited to. In some ways this was great because I really grew doing this! But I'll never forget how it felt February of 2016, sitting in a hotel room in New York, after I had been un-invited to the last runway show on my week long trip to New York Fashion Week, in 3 degree weather, saying to myself, “what am I doing here?” A full week in New York felt way too long when I booked that trip. I had been to 3 other seasons of NYFW and I kept promising myself that I'd go a FULL week at some point, because I always went home halfway into the week, and had “FOMO” (fear of missing out) when I saw other bloggers posting about shows I missed after I left before the week was over. This February, I stayed home instead. And it felt awesome. Alternatively, when an opportunity to participate in a mastermind popped up last October, after being gone for almost the entire month of September, Neil and I talked about it and I prayed about it and it just felt right. I went, and it was one of the best things I've done for my career. Go with your gut. Say yes when it feels right (even if it doesn't make sense), and say no if it doesn't feel right, and never let FOMO be your guide.
4. A long time ago, I was offered a sponsored campaign at Christmas time for a large sum of money. But it was with a brand I knew I'd never actually shop at myself. I said thank you but no. And then they doubled their offer. It was hard to say no because that Christmas my family really needed the extra income, but I said no anyway. My parents were hugely influential in teaching this to me at a very young age, when my dad turned down certain job offers that would've been monetarily a big “yes,” but integrity wise, felt like a definite “no.” I believe the reason so many of you have stuck around and keep coming back to read my blog, is because of some of these hard “nos” I've said. I also believe that identifying the right “no” opportunities will attract more of the right “yes” opportunities in your life. Stay fiercely true to who you are, and that integrity will pay dividends.
Lastly, THANK YOU for sticking around and making this such a positive, supportive, uplifting community. I really do feel like you guys are my friends, when I get comments or emails or messages, when I meet you in the airport and at Target and we bump into each other getting dole whip at Disneyland. Enter to win my little gift to you below 🙂
Update: winners were randomly drawn this morning! Our winning entries are:
Winners, please email morgan(at)mintarrow.com within 24 hours to claim your prize!