3 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Myself 

As of 4 days ago, Olive & Clo reached a small milestone, its 3 month-versary. I honestly cannot believe 12 weeks have passed since I first pressed ‘publish’ on this blog. And sitting here, it has finally dawned on me just how far I have come and how much I have learnt. I can honestly say that since starting this journey, I have never before invested so much time reflecting, or thinking, or striving to just ..understand myself better. To understand what it was that I actually wanted to blog about.

Needless to say, It has been an incredible journey so far. Not only have I consistently been challenged, even going as far to completely forfeit all innate fears of judgement by making myself the subject matter of some very public photo shoots, but I have also found the experience rather humbling. Because now, now I can genuinely say that I understand myself a bit better. Where prior to this, I don’t think I could have told people, without a shred of doubt, what my interests even were. And I especially wouldn’t have been able to delineate between what I liked and what I was, in reality, impartial to.

So with all that in mind, I wanted to quickly share with you all what Olive & Clo has taught me about myself over these last few months. Tid-bits that I have only just discovered recently and have caught myself feeling pretty surprised and at times, enlightened.

Teaching 1: I am not that interested in makeup, or beauty, or baking.

To all the readers that have been blessed enough to have had me in their lives for the entirety of the past 3 months (haha, wink), you guys would know that Olive & Clo started with a focus towards beauty, baking and makeup application. Needless to say, after 30 or so posts of rambling on, and on, and on about said ‘interests’, the sheer thought of updating Olive & Clo started to feel arduous, almost heavy. And I think that was a turning point for me. 

In hindsight, I honestly cannot believe I let it get to such a point. Because firstly, I am abysmal at cooking, let alone baking. How I thought publishing recipes on baked goods was a great idea, is utterly beyond me. Because 9 times out of 10, and my partner will be able to attest to this, whatever and whenever I bake, the ‘product’ will either come out over-seasoned (I tend to get excited when it comes to spices) or burnt to an inedible crisp.

And secondly, my makeup application is similar to that of a toddler’s ability to paint within prescribed lines. Less than non-existent. As much as I take pride in appearing semi-decent, I cannot even quantify to you just how much luck is involved in the application process. Ethan Hunt is blessed with better odds in Mission Impossible than I am with a liquid eye-liner. It will be a cold, cold day in hell when I upload a close-up of my eye-lids. Nobody wings it like I wing it. Haha, get it?

Anyway, moving on. So just recently, as most of you would have noticed by now, Olive & Clo has changed considerably in terms of blogging direction. It has been a long while since I have published anything beauty, or baking related, opting to continue down a path that felt much more ..natural to me. Inevitably, with time, the blog organically started to veer down the road of travel, and fashion, and the publishment of personal ramblings. So here we are now. And you know what, thank bloody heavens for that!

Teaching 2: Writing comes easy to me. 

This tid-bit will seem obvious to most. But prior to this blog, I had absolutely no idea just how natural it felt for me to articulate myself through words and sentences. It turns out that I can word vomit and brain fart with the best of them and more often than not, have the finished piece of writing turn out quite ..readable. And thank goodness for my partner, the unofficial editor of all my blog posts. Haha. Poor fella.

Teaching 3: I am happiest when I am creative. 

If you were to ask me how I feel Monday to Friday, my answer would be .. okay. Because essentially, that is genuinely how I feel during the working week. By no means am I upset. Nor do I wish my circumstances to be any different. But I don’t believe I am happy. Well, I am certainly not as happy as when I am creating/producing new content for this blog. Whether it be brainstorming outfits, or exploring new places, or simply writing what I want to write, I feel like all the above activities elicit a different kind of happiness from me. And it pains me to say that unfortunately, blogging is not my day job.

But it is thanks to this blog and the support from the blogging community that I have realized what has essentially felt missing in my life all this time. A creative outlet. I have needed a place where I can be who I want to be and do what I want to do. And from Friday evening through to Monday morning, when I am creating content, I find myself feeling very inspired, and very passionate, and very happy. And at the moment, that’s good enough for me.

As always, thank you to everybody that has taken the time to read yet another instalment of my personal ramblings. I would love to hear what blogging has taught you guys about yourselves, so feel free to leave a comment down below!

But also. I seem to be having issues with the comment section under all my posts lately. If you guys have been experiencing problems leaving a comment, can I please ask that you send me a screenshot of what you see to: linda@oliveandclo.com.au, so I am able to forward them to my self-host provider and have the issue rectified. Thanking you all in advance! 🙂 

Until next time, stay safe.
Love Linda, xo

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27 Comments

  1. May 10, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Great post! Sorry the whole baking/makeup thing didn’t work, but I like this better!

    • OliveandClo
      May 10, 2017 / 6:42 am

      Oh yay! Thanks Zoe! I am so thrilled that you like this new direction better. And for commenting! Kisses. Kisses. Kisses! I hope you’ve been well. 😘

  2. May 10, 2017 / 6:49 am

    Love this! You really inspire me for my new blogging adventure Linda! Just what I needed to hear today, so thank you ❤️

    • OliveandClo
      May 10, 2017 / 6:57 am

      Oh thank you for your lovely words Vor and for taking the time to read this! I know what you mean though. Sometimes all it takes is just knowing that we aren’t alone on this blog journey. We are all in the same boat! How is mummy life treating you? 😍💖

      • May 10, 2017 / 7:07 am

        Absolutely! It’s nice to know we aren’t alone. Things were fairly relaxed today. I got the older munchkins off to school and the little guy and I are watching a movie right now. I have to pick them up in an hour and a half. Then the relatively peaceful day will be over 😂😂

    • OliveandClo
      May 10, 2017 / 6:58 am

      Thanking you 🙂

  3. May 10, 2017 / 8:37 am

    This is a really sweet post! Happy three month anniversary to Olive and Clo! I love your first bit of advice, it’s so important to write about what you are really interested in. Blogging is so much more fun that way 😄😄

    • OliveandClo
      May 10, 2017 / 8:45 am

      Awe! Thank you so much beautiful Ang. As always, I absolutely adore your comments. And I’ve honestly felt so encouraged to have met people like you. Its people like you that make the world feel .. lighter. 💖

  4. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Loved this x

  5. May 10, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    Getting to know ourselves is the process of a lifetime. We are ever-evolving an changing who we are. So here’s to one step closer to understanding that it’s okay to be your authentic self. Congrats!

    • OliveandClo
      May 11, 2017 / 5:15 am

      Thank YOU Kathy for taking the time to read this and comment. You are of course, are very right. Let’s hope we continue on this path. It sucks trying to be anything/anyone else. 😍😘

  6. May 11, 2017 / 1:42 am

    love-love-love it! and i totally agree – the hardest way is to get to know yourself) but otherwise how could you know other people?

    • OliveandClo
      May 11, 2017 / 5:12 am

      Yasss! Thank you so much for reading and commenting lovely! 😍💖

  7. May 11, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    I love this post! I’ve just started blogging, and yes, it’s about makeup… I do have a huge passion for it, but like you, I just wing it when it comes to application (hence the new blog name!). I love this post because it shows that what you start off doing, doesn’t have to be what you continue to do. It gives me confidence that if makeup & beauty doesn’t work out, then it’s ok to change direction & write about something else that may come more naturally. Thank you for taking the time to write this!! 💕

    • OliveandClo
      May 11, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Oh yes Annie!

      My heart swells just knowing that you are going through the same journey! It is honestly impossible to know which direction your blog will take. Just got to give it a red hot go right 😜😍. How long have you been blogging for? Here’s to a few more years! 😜 Who knows what we will be writing about then!

      Also – thank you so so SO much for taking the time and reading this post. 💖💖💖

      • May 12, 2017 / 4:21 am

        You’re welcome! 💕
        I love to read blogs, I think they’re a great way of seeing things in a different way, or finding things to try or experience that I never would have thought of 😊
        I started to try and blog a couple of months ago, but it wasn’t right, it was trying to be something that I’m not. It was still about makeup, but I was trying to “fit in” with the makeup crowd rather than be me – totally clueless, but in love with makeup and beauty products! So I started again only a couple of weeks ago and renamed my blog and will write in my own way… it’s early days yet, but I’m much more excited about it now!! 😁
        Here’s to many more blog posts 🥂

  8. May 13, 2017 / 12:08 am

    Hey girl, I stumbled on your blog on Bloglovin because you read one of my posts and I thought your post! I love this post, especially the third item, because I totally agree with this. My full-time job is great and there’s nothing really wrong with it, but the time I enjoy the absolute most is writing and creating content for my blog… it’s no problem at all for me to sit here all weekend and work on it because I love it and it’s so much fun.

    I definitely agree with writing about what makes you happy, and three months into your blog is the perfect time to make a change if you’re going to. Stalking you on all social media lol I can’t wait to follow along! <3

    • OliveandClo
      May 13, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Katherine! I have just finished thoroughly stalking, and obsessing, and loving YOUR blog! ❤️ I adore how transparent and informative you are about blogging. I have A LOT to learn from you! I am yet to undertake any research into potentially monetising Olive & Clo. If you don’t mind, you might find yours truly pestering you with questions shortly. Haha.

      Anywhoo. Enough gushing! Thank you so much for reading, and following, and commenting! It’s really made my Saturday morning! I have surely returned all the support 😊😊😊❤️

  9. May 13, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Congratulations on your thirversary! 🙂 Great post and it’s good you don’t have to be a slave to the original ideas you had back then ( and that you’re being honest with yourself, and us!) – life and blogging is about evolving into whatever comes next 😉
    As for me i’ve evolved a little myself from when i named my blog – but it’s still a part of my core – even if it does not contribute as many posts now as it used to – other aspects have taken over – like flower photo’s for instance! 😉

    Have a great one. 🙂

    love.

    • OliveandClo
      May 17, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment Iwbut! And I must apologise re: my delay in getting back to you!
      I am back into the dredgery of the working week and it all starts to get a little tricky to juggle!

      Yes, your flower photos have been wonderful. I was especially a fan of the Gazania!
      I have been hunting for a dress of similar shade ever since!

      Here’s to our blogging evolution! Who knows what we will be blogging about (if at all) in one years time!

      Love Linda, xo

  10. May 17, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Thank you Linda – and long may you blog! 🙂

    love.

  11. May 25, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    To reach for the stars is admirable, to swing from the stars is breathtaking. To return with stars in tow is unbelievable. You can follow your dreams or drag them behind. You are in charge. You go, girl!

    • May 25, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Awe thank you Dan for your inspirational, poetic encouragement. ☺️😌

  12. May 31, 2017 / 1:30 am

    You are on a great journey traveling on roads you are creating. You will encounter many people, many places. The world is yours, beautiful and untamed. Be fearless but cautious, and always write from your heart. Look at your mistakes as chances for growth and your accomplishments as steps upward. your words are powerful and beautiful and wise. Be it ever so.

    • May 31, 2017 / 5:05 am

      Ohhh. 😲
      Thank you so much Dan. That is such a beautiful message. And exactly what I needed this Wednesday morning after spending the first 2 days of the week feeling somewhat flat. So thank you again. 🙂🙂

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