When I started Classic & Gray back in August, I did not fathom the amount of time, effort, and work that would go into such an endeavor. After a dramatic life change in October of 2014 due to health issues, I was forced to take medical leave from my full-time job (for my newbies, more on that, here.) I thought blogging would simply be a hobby to occupy some of my time, serve as a distraction from the realities of my illness, motivate me to get up and get dressed despite the way that I felt, and give me the satisfaction of accomplishing something. I went from working a very hectic schedule at a top-tier news organization to being unable to do much of anything, very quickly. I felt trapped in my own body and was craving some sort of creative outlet to feel like myself again. I hoped to inspire at least one person who read my entries but if my followers only consisted of my immediate family and close friends, that was fine, too.
Fast-forward to December and this blog has been so much more rewarding than what I could’ve anticipated in it’s short four months. I have connected with some incredibly inspirational and supportive people through social media who I now call friends, discovered a new hobby in photography with my husband, started partnering with amazing brands, motivated myself to push my limits, shared some of my passions and my life, and the list goes on. Most importantly, although still very-much disabled by the symptoms of my illness, I started to feel like the old me again. However, this success has not come without it’s behind-the-scenes consequences.
I want you to know that blogging is hard for anyone. I admire and give so much credit to all of the amazing and dedicated bloggers I’ve been lucky enough to get to know because nothing about blogging is simple. Being on the other side of the screen, you could never fathom the amount of time and effort that go into the content creation, shooting, editing, planning, collaborating, social media management, promoting, interacting, etc. It can quickly become an all-day and night affair without including any of the other responsibilities and commitments a blogger may have. For me, that includes the many restraints and limitations that come along with my medical condition.
I have led on to some of these hardships but keep most of the details to myself. Classic & Gray is an outlet where I can share my love of style, makeup, a good face mask, and life, but it would not be real without including the challenging times, as well. I do my best not to overshare or bombard you with specifics and “sick stories” because I understand very well that a vast majority of you reading this cannot relate to my health situation at all. My hope is that although you may not be physically ill, you can find inspiration and motivation here to use in areas of your own life, whether that be during hard times and challenges or in your wardrobe. It is a work in progress but my goal is to strike a balance between life and style content. I want to be as positive and relatable as possible without compromising the integrity of who I am and the reality I’m currently living. I want to be myself.
I should make it very clear that I do not write this for any sort of sympathy, accolades, words of encouragement, or the like. I believe that although blogging is a hobby, I have chosen to share bits of my life with you and thus, feel a certain responsibility to explain myself. This blog is an honest and real place and my health struggles are a very big part of my life right now, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I’m sure there will be periods of time like the past couple weeks where writing is the smallest of my priorities because frankly, my health comes first. I hope you can understand that. The reality is, although I’m smiling and posing in photos, I may be happy but I’m still sick. Blog photos and Instagram feeds are picture-perfect, staged moments that are by no-means an accurate summary or representation of anyone’s life. We all have our ups and downs–remember that. I will continue to try my best to be as active as I can because I want to give Classic & Gray as much love as it has graciously shown me.
With that said, thank you. Thank you for following me on this journey so far and for understanding, encouraging, and supporting me. I am forever grateful. I have some exciting posts and collaborations coming up so I hope you stick around– this is only the beginning.
Lots of love,