The decision to start a blog was not an overnight one, but I can tell you that as I write my first post I am so very excited to see what comes of it. I began loosely following a handful of fashion blogs several years ago while witnessing the huge shift within the fashion industry, and the general domination by blogs across all industries. I became more and more interested in the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a blog and what makes them successful (or not successful). Despite my devotion to various fashion, lifestyle, and food blogs, I never seriously considered starting one of my own. I am not someone who loves being the center of attention, and I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of doing something that was so innately centered around my own life. That being said, it all just looked like so much fun. After all, the often staged lifestyle presented on so many blogs was genuinely my reality.
To keep this story short, I’ll tell you that one day while at the gym and thinking about what being a “blogger” would be like (like the way you picture yourself in Kate Middleton’s life, but it would never actually happen), I realized that the one and only reason I wasn’t doing it was because of my own discomfort. Let’s face it – that’s not a good reason at all.
By day I work at an investment management firm and while it is a great job, there are so many things I love to do, create, and experience that fall far outside of that realm. For as long as I can remember I have adored to bake, decorate, entertain, compulsively organize, and continuously hone in on my sense of style. All of these things, among others, are what give me the most excitement and zest for life, but they were rapidly falling by the wayside. They certainly aren’t essential, no one is paying me to do them, and between work and other obligations I rarely had the time. In conjunction with my blogging realization, I concluded that life isn’t worth living if you’re ignoring the things you love.
I have an inherent appreciation for the finer things in life, whether that be good quality cooking, a great pair of shoes, or an elegantly planned party. I hope that Refine will enable me to share what I am passionate about doing and give me even greater purpose to devote the time and energy. In the end I want to inspire people to put their best foot forward and not shy away from putting in the effort to live a more refined life. I appreciate every read, follow, share, and comment from this point forward and I hope you enjoy! If you would like to be notified each time a new post is live, please subscribe to email notifications at the bottom of the page.