Blogging is a serious passion of mine. It doesn’t yet make me enough money to live off of but it really isn’t about the money. I was blogging when there was no money in it. When it was just self expression and comments and a way to connect with like minded people. It felt nice to be apart of this new and exciting community. Of course I do love that it has become an extra source of income (we should all be able to make a wage off of our passions) but it’s more about investing in yourself. About 50-65% of the money I receive from Fashion Steele NYC goes right back into it; whether that be money for shoots, updating my wardrobe, website fees and maintenance, camera and laptop updates and equipment and more. I paid for my trip to Morocco in it’s entirety with money made from Fashion Steele NYC and while yes it was an amazing vacation, it also served as a business trip for content creation as well as sourcing for an upcoming business venture.
Photography by Rose Lazard, Editing by Monroe Steele
Location: Harlem, NYC
Investing in yourself doesn’t just apply to blogging or your work though, it applies to life. Are you putting in the work needed for what your vision of success looks like? Or are you scrambling trying to keep up with the imaginary Jones’? Wanna know a great way to really make yourself feel shitty? Compare yourself to people. No actually don’t do that and if you’re doing that stop. I am literally so focused on me and creating a space that is authentically and unapologetically me while still being relatable, interesting, thought provoking and visually stimulating that I can’t see anyone but me. And maybe that’s a little self centered but it’s kept me in check and off the comparison cliff. Are you taking the mental time off that you need to be 100%. Are you doing something that you love everyday to feed your spirit? I’ve been grinding so hard on Fashion Steele NYC because I have a deep love and passion for it, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I need to eat. I need to take an hour and read because I love reading and it’s been put on the back burner. I need to take care of my body too because if I’m not 100% mentally and physically, if I’m not investing in myself, how can I expect anyone else to invest in me? Take time for you. In these times, it’s almost detrimental if you don’t.