Today is a big day, everyone! Well, at least for me it is. Today marks one year since I started Hayley Over Heels. I can’t believe it has been a whole year! I am still a total newbie in this community, and to be honest, I have no idea what I am doing half the time. I feel like I am constantly trying to improve with every post, and every post is an effort to help this site reach its full potential. As I sit down to write this, I really want to dive into why I started this blog, what my feelings have been towards it throughout this past year, but most importantly, thank all of you who have supported me in this endeavor, whether it’s been from the beginning, or just this morning! Without you, this blog would just be me talking to myself, and I already do that enough when I watch The Bachelor and yell at my television like I’m watching a football game.
This blog was something that I had in the back of my mind since my first year out of high school. I had always thought it would be something fun to do after college, and I never put much thought into it other than that. But as the years passed, the idea of the blog began to turn into something that I needed to do, as opposed to just an afterthought.
My time in Charleston has not always been the easiest. From experiencing extreme homesickness and roommate problems in the beginning, to only getting to see my boyfriend every few weeks or so, and to just not always feeling fulfilled here in general, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. These emotions played a huge role in my decision to finally start the blog. During my time in Charleston, I have always had a retail job. When you work in retail, you generally have to wear the clothes you are selling to work. I am a pretty boring person, so most of my time in college has consisted of work and going to class. So before I started the blog, pretty much all of my outfits consisted of work clothes and then the leggings and t-shirts that I would wear to class. I was no longer putting in the effort and thought into my outfits that I used to before college, which was always something that I enjoyed and prided myself on. Not being able to express myself through my style like I used to, on top of the feelings of homesickness and sadness I was feeling in Charleston, really started to take a toll on me. I felt like there was a small hole in my life that needed to be filled.
I decided to start this blog so that I could have the creative outlet that I was feeling very desperate for. I wanted a hobby that I could fully enjoy and to give me that sense of fulfillment that I felt like I was missing. This blog has made me so happy the past year. Don’t go me wrong, it is not always a walk in the park. When I have a day off, most of the time the last thing I want to do is put on full hair and makeup just to go stand in the heat or cold to take blog photos. There have been times of sadness and stress when a post that I was really excited about and worked really hard on, doesn’t get as many views as I thought it would. It can also be expensive to purchase new clothes for the new content that I like to put out at least 2-3 times a week. That’s just not always an option for me, as I work a part-time job while going to school, and pay my own bills. That’s why half of the things I wear on the blog are old, or borrowed from my mom’s closet (thanks mom!). It’s difficult to make your life, your closet, your hair, or your makeup, appear perfect when it just…isn’t. But that’s totally okay, and at the end of the day, I think a more realistic portrayal is best, and I’ve had to learn to work with I’ve got and be grateful for what I do have!
I have very big dreams for Hayley Over Heels. Although it is just a hobby for me right now, I take it very seriously, and put as much work into it as time and money allow. I hope that one day this blog can become a full-time job for me, and I will continue to work hard to reach that goal! But that goal would be impossible if it wasn’t for all of you.
Thank you so much to all of you who take the time out of your day to read my blog! Even if you don’t read what I write, and just look at the pictures, any visit to my site is appreciated. I am so grateful for any contribution you make to my viewership. Whether you follow me Instagram, like my Facebook, subscribe to emails, or are just reading for the first time today, your support means the world to me, and honestly makes me want to tear up. But I will try to spare you my sappy emotions hehe. I hope that you continue to support me, and I promise to always work my hardest to provide you with posts that are fresh and funny, and to always stay true to myself. I know you all want as much genuine Hayley-filled content as possible. Gotta satisfy the masses 😉
Thank you so much!
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