My First Blogiversary + How I Celebrated

Happy 1 year Blogiversary to me! If you are a regular sparkling reader of mine you will know that I am Chloe (aka Clo), Soul behind Lifestyle Blog, SPARKLE on darling. Yesterday, 7 July 2018, marked exactly 1 year since I pressed publish on this blog, my passion project, and allowed the rest of the world to see it too. I still can’t believe it’s already been a year, but celebrate it, I most certainly did, and I am so excited to share the day with you and what I got up to.

It’s days like yesterday when I know that this is meant to be a part of my path, because when I think about that quote that floats regularly around the internet.. ‘I think it’s beautiful the way you sparkle when you talk about the things you love.’ – Atticus, it reminds me exactly how I feel when I photograph, write and create content for my blog, and how I ooze excitement when I talk about my blog and what I do here to people in person, and how you can never wipe the smile off my face when I talk about SPARKLE on darling. I think that’s when you really know you’ve found ‘a purpose’, when you light up, when your soul really sets on fire and your heart dances around it, when you can see others seeing it within you, like it’s a part of you, when you know that they sense your passion too right from the moment you begin, that’s when you know, that’s how I knew 1 year ago that this is part of what I’m meant to do.

Shall we get onto what I got up to yesterday on my Blogiversary? Let’s just say it literally had some serious SPARKLE..

Style

I had my nails and my eyelashes done throughout the week and then did my own makeup first thing in the morning, but decided that I wanted to treat myself further and have a blow-dry too before my event. Every time someone else does my hair I forget how amazing it is. I went to the same hair salon where I had my hair done for my original photo shoot for the blog, Bach Hair in Graceville, Brisbane.

When I arrived at the salon I had a long black whilst I was pampered. Yesterday I truly felt like a goddess from start to finish.

I had a similar hairstyle to my original photoshoot, just a little more relaxed in the curls, because yesterday was all about being comfortable and feeling good.

Event

I decided that I wanted yesterday to be full of SPARKLE, but small and meaningful at the same time, so I hosted an intimate brunch to celebrate. I chose the same cafe, Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen in West End, where I had my Launch Brunch for the blog last year (read it here – ‘Launch Brunch for SPARKLE on darling‘ ), and it was even more amazing than the first time, possibly because we had cake, but honestly it is by far one of my most favourite cafes in Brisbane.

I added some small personal touches to the space of the cafe where we were. I wanted everyone to feel like it was a celebration and that they were a part of the SPARKLE with me.

Cute monogram lights to represent my blog name and of course, my iconic ‘SPARKLE jar’.

Sparkling goodie bags for my beautiful guests, which I gave to them when they were leaving to say thank you.

I started my brunch with an almond flat white, my current favourite coffee.

To eat I chose this gorgeous breakfast crumble, and it absolutely tasted as gorgeous as it looks.

We all chose something different to eat and to drink, which is why I love events like this because you can choose what you feel like.

Our smiles say it all, we had so much fun. Is there anything better than good coffee, food and soulful conversation?

So grateful for all of these beautiful souls.

For anyone thinking it, I absolutely did wear glitter to breakfast, and absolutely did leave a trail of glitter everywhere I went yesterday, and for that I truly am not sorry (you should see my car).

My Blogiversary celebration cake by Miss Bliss was a choc-salted caramel vegan baked cake, and it truly was beyond amazing. If I were a cake, this would be me.

The aftermath of my brunch, my most favourite thing to do. If one were to invite me to dinner, I would more than likely try to convince them that breakfast is a much better idea.

Mini Photo Shoot

After my little event one of my beautiful friends Sammy came with me to a stunning location in Brisbane to help me take some more photos to celebrate the day and for my blog. We had so much fun, no captions needed..

Yesterday really was amazing, it was filled with everything I love, from getting pampered, dressing up, good food, good people and creativity, I wish I could relive it again and again. It truly felt like a celebration. I hope to host some bigger events in the future where I am able to invite more beautiful souls along, but it’s these smaller ones that I know I will forever hold close to my heart.

Next week on the blog I will be publishing an in depth blog post about my first year as a blogger, what it was like, what I went through, what I learnt, my tips for anyone wanting to begin their own blogging journey along with all of the stats, behind the scenes and the SPARKLE, so make sure to subscribe to SPARKLE on darling back on the home page to ensure you don’t miss it.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my blogging journey so far, for everything you have all done for me, I am so grateful. I’ve said it before, but this little blog really is everything to me, it’s my heart and soul on show, raw and real in every single blog post, every week, so every bit of support means the absolute world to me.

I cannot wait to share this next sparkling year with you, my sparkling reader. The best (and most sparkliest) is yet to come.

All my love,

Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind, It’s What Makes You Human

I made a big decision recently when it comes to my online identity (read it here – ‘Let Go to Move Forward‘), and even more recently went a full 360 back on that decision as it’s where my heart lead me. It’s hard sometimes going back on one’s word, but as humans we are forever evolving, ever-changing, emotional beings, one moment we might feel one way, the next.. another way. I’m a big believer in following these feelings, even if they lead, for example in my case, ‘backwards’.

After going back towards something I decided to let go of, I now know that I had nothing to worry about, but worry a lot I did before I did it. I was worried what my community would think of me (again) after making such a big deal about leaving it behind in the first place, I was worried that they wouldn’t come with me (again), I was worried that I was making a very bad decision (again), but, I wasn’t, I know that now. There’s no such thing as backwards if it helps you grow.

Throughout my entire life I have changed my mind more than I could ever count. Some days I am lead towards one thing, and the next a total opposite direction, and I realise now that this is what life is, it’s one big maze that will always pull you in different directions, but what matters when you are going in these different directions is that you stay true to you, to who you are, to who you know you are, that’s what matters.

If something doesn’t feel right to you, this isn’t by coincidence, there’s a reason. Humans are walking vibrations, energy filled vessels, though not all of us allow ourselves to connect to the rhythms of our hearts and souls to really listen. I often tune in to how I am feeling, not that I always act on it, though in this instance I did for various reasons. It’s important to go within and seek direction. I did ask my community if they thought I was making the right choice, but deep down I knew that I was going to do it anyway, because it felt right, I needed to do it for me, and hold my head high whilst I waited out any ripples that came with it. So far I feel very grateful in that I haven’t lost anything by doing so, in my opinion I feel I have actually gained from the situation, because it’s shown others that it’s ok to change your mind, even when it comes to big decisions that you have already made, because it’s what makes you human.

I would rather go back on my word and feel the ups and downs for myself, than never know what might have been. To me, growing doesn’t always mean forward, or up. Don’t be afraid to give yourself the opportunity to follow your heart, no matter the direction. It may not always work out, but if you trust in your path, more often than not, it will.

All my love,