Life Changer

Thursday, June 07, 2012

I started blogging back in 2007.
Wanted to redesign my blog and bought a copy of Photoshop Elements.
After a few months, others came to me for graphic design projects.
A few years later, I launched my graphic design studio.
Bought a rebel to take better photos to post on the blog.
Upgraded to CS3 & most recently, CS5.
Visited a few bloggers across the country in November 2009. That trip included a 2 day stop in Chicago.
Decided that I would move to Chicago, where I knew no one.
Packed my belongings and arrived on August 1, 2010.
Upgraded to a 7D and started booking photo shoots.
Made some amazing friends through blogging.
Invited Alaina to my Christmas party in 2010 where we met for the first time.
Photographed Alaina for Glitter Guide.
Alaina and I met for coffee to discuss a possible project in August 2011. Yes, I'm talking about The Everygirl.
We traveled to NYC in November, 2011.
My apartment was featured in Rue Magazine in January 2012. 
We launched The Everygirl on February 22, 2012.
Did another shoot for Glitter Guide.
Traveled to Boston for the first time a few photo shoots including the home and office of Erin Gates.
(her home tour goes up next week)

How has blogging changed your life?

First holiday card shoot. 11.10. Taken with my rebel.

 First engagement shoot. 6.11 Taken with my 7D.

First newborn shoot. 6.11

 Touring Chicago with my sis. 6.11


NYC with Alaina for The Everygirl. 11.11

Buddy the Christmas pup made it to People Magazine 12.11

My home tour in the January issue of Rue Magazine photographed by Stoffer Photography. 1.12

Photographing Erin Gates' office in Boston for The Everygirl. 4.12 

I've been in Chicago almost two years, and move to my new apartment next week. I've met people I never would have met, launched a new business, and have had some of the most wonderful experiences in my life the past few years.

All because I started a blog.

46 comments

  1. I feel your sentiments, exactly. Blogging has introduced me to opportunities that I otherwise would have never explored. Congratulations on all your successes!

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  2. This is so inspiring. Had I not just started a blog of my own I would be starting one tomorrow. I have only been blogging for about six months, and I already feel happy with the outcome.. I can't imagine what I will experience in the next few years!

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  3. Blogging has introduced me to so many people (including you!). I'm SO SO thankful for this outlet. :)

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  4. Your story is seriously amazing. Out of a movie. But it's true -blogging opens so many doors and you meet so many great people through it.

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  5. Wow Danielle! That's fantastic. I definitely have loved being able to share my creativity and of course meet amazing people from all over. It's crazy! I'm so thankful that I had the courage to start one!

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  6. Your story is so amazing, and truly inspiring! Although I am fairly new to blogging, it has introduced me to many amazing people (women, actually) that I would have otherwise never known. It has allowed me to explore my creative side, and locate new, inspiring ideas daily!

    xo,
    Brooke
    www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

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  7. This is truly inspiring! I've just started blogging (one month old) and find this encouraging to read when times get rough. Thanks for sharing your timeline so far....

    -Michelle
    http://www.m-liveloudly.blogspot.com

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  8. a beautiful story from one of my favorite bloggers: i started my own in january, and i love checking in on breakfast at toast to see what's new! keep on being fabulous!

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  9. Hey look, it's me Alaina!

    You're kind of awesome. Please stay awesome.

    That is all.

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  10. Its so great to read about all the opportunities you had through blooging! I just started and hope to meet lots of new amazin people as well :)

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  11. amazing story. you truly are an inspiration - especially to those that are breaking into the blogging world. Thanks for all you do/ blog about!

    xo
    casidy
    myohmydesign

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  12. Lovely post!! That's amazing...I hope one day I'll be able to write a post like that! :)

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  13. This is such an inspirational post! I started my blog 2 years ago and I've already met so many amazing friends through the blog world...I am excited about the continued opportunities blogging can bring! :)

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  14. Thank you for sharing this! I love reading how blogging has taken you through amazing experiences. I'm now inspired to do a post similar to this and write out my blogging journey.

    with love,
    Sandra

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  15. And you deserve every bit of the good fortune that has come your way. Thanks so much for sharing this. Hard work and dedication have taken you far, congrats!

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  16. you should be so proud of all you've accomplished! this post is an inspiration!


    Peony

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  17. Pretty amazing!
    I've only been blogging since December but already feel like it's opening up new doors- even if it's just in my head right now.

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  18. Very inspiring! I hope I can share a post like this one day!
    Congratulations! Keep up the fantastic work!

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  19. I love your story! Blogging opens up your world to so many new people and experiences. Even within my 10 or so months, it's given me the courage to completely change my job! Now that's just wild. :)

    XO,

    Sam

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  20. I have said it many times and will say it again- you are so inspirational. Keep up the good work and I SO look forward to seeing what a post like this will look like on your blog next year. :)

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  21. One of my favorite posts! I love your blog and what you inspire in me :)

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  22. I love your blog & photography! Especially the first picture in the fall...wish you were in Philly :)

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  23. What an inspiring post! This is how I am seeing my blog - as the start of something new and positive in my life. Thanks so much for sharing Danielle!

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  24. loved this recap post! i read alaina's post today too, and it's inspiring to see you ladies document your journey--made me think about mine! i just realized that sometimes i can be so focused on the next big milestone that i forget all of my accomplishments. thank you for this reminder and congrats on all of your success! excited to see what this new chapter (in your new place) holds for you.

    xo,
    dayka

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  26. I loved this post! All these wonderful things inspire me to keep on blogging - I hope that I can get to where you are some day! x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}
    http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

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  27. Congrats on everything you have accomplished Danielle, you truly are inspiring ;)

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  28. Awww what a beautiful post !

    I have to agree that I have a similar reason why I (just) started my blog! I also want a bit of change in my life and I believe that blogging is going to help me too :)

    Thank you for sharing Danielle, I hope that blogging keep bringing you more and more beautiful things!

    Love from www.mycolorfulnest.com

    xo

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  29. I agree with the girls...your blogging journey is truly inspirational! x

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  30. Wow...how amaaazing! You're such an inspiration to me Danielle!! xo

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  31. That newborn photo is precious! Congrats on all of your accomplishments!

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  32. Lovely post, amazing pics and very stylish.
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  33. I'm happy that with all this {thrilling} chaos in your life, you are able sit down and ponder the things you have done in life. The accomplishments and strides you have made and will make. Well played Danielle.

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  34. Amazing! And so inspiring. So glad you posted this! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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  35. incredible--fantastic--inspiring! pretty much you are fabulous

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  36. Wow- what an incredible story! I hope I have a story half as cool as that when I look back on things that happened because of my blog :)

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  38. Yes, Yes, Yes, blogging has changed my life! And I am so happy your life has been so positively influenced by blogging! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  39. I've started a new business, along with a new job and I'm so happy to read this! It's beyond inspiring!1 I know hard work, faith and patience will pay off. Congrats!

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  40. just found this post and so happy i did, such a great blog!

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  41. Amazing! I love this post! I met some of my favorite friends through blogging. I've also developed a photography business and more recently sold some small pieces of art. Not only did blogging give me a platform, it gave me the courage to try new things. Blogging is unique in that it rewards and encourages uniqueness. Finding a way to stand out and be more "you" is a goal we don't often find in real life. I am so much happier and content with myself and I owe alot of that to blogging. Best of luck with all your new adventures!

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  42. One of the biggest inspirations lately, thank you! It's so nice to hear how much blogging has given you.

    http://www.tamarasblend.com/

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