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Life After Loss—Full Time Blogging

Three years ago on December 7th, I had just started my blog β€œColor and Grace,” I was day dreaming every morning when I was driving to my teaching job, that someday I would be able to do full time blogging. Then after 6 months, I ran all the numbers and set a goal for myself. The goal was after 3 years of blogging, I would be able to quit my full time teaching job and do my blogging instead.

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

Today, 13 days later than I originally planned, I finally did, and today is my first day of full time blogging.

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

I should have let my school know this past summer that I would not come back, but I chickened out at the last second, because now it is just me. If I don’t make it, there is no one behind me and telling me “no worries, I got you.” Quickly after the new school year started, I realized that my fast growing blog and my full time teaching job left me no time to eat or sleep. A few health issues accrued and I realized that I had to make a choice.

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

I spent a few weeks researching, writing my business plan, and trying new things out to generate income for my blog. Soon after, I followed through with my business plan. I got more sponsors and my life became even more crazy busy. At end of October, my health issues became more and more serious. I know there is never a great time to do it, so just manned up and got it done. So I informed my school of my decision.

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

Luckily I have a great school. They are sad that I am leaving but also very happy that I finally decided to pursue my dream. We all felt that we should keep the news that I am leaving as long as we could so my students would have a few more normal months. Last Friday, was the day I announced to all my students, their parents and the whole school that I was leaving. It was a very emotional day for all of us. Besides a lot of tears, there was so much laughter too. My middle school students plan to kidnap me so I would not leave them. πŸ˜‰ One of my sweet 6th graders asked me “Are you having a midlife crisis?” Lol, not exactly, but it sure looks like in it a lot of peoples eyes.

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

This year is for sure a special one on the record. I lost my husband in January and now in December I quit my job. The past 11 months have been the period that I learned about and rediscovered for myself who I am and who I want to be. I have finally come to the conclusion that I have the ability to make my dream become a reality. This realization has totally changed the way I think and my entire life. That is some confidence that I have never had before. So now, all I need to do is to dream, plan and make it happen!

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

You can read all the Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

Life After Loss---Full Time Blogging

Photo credit: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace
http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

Blog Anniversary—Color and Grace Turns 3!

Blog Anniversary—Color and Grace Turns 3!

December 7th will mark the 3 year birthday of my blog, Color and Grace. Three years, almost 600 posts, and it averages 3.9 posts a week. Yes, I used to post EVERY SINGLE day! I know, I am quite crazy. πŸ˜‰ During the 3 years, my life has had so many changes. The biggest one has to have been my man getting cancer and then passing away. Even during the toughest times, I still kept up with my posts and have not missed a single day.

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

You may wonder how to be successful at blogging. I have to tell you, first, that I don’t consider myself successful yet. Second, there is really no secret. For me, it is all about hard work and dedication. Just day in and day out, day after day creating the best outfit, taking the best photos and writing the best post as I can. A few days ago someone asked what my plans are this weekend, I answered work on photos and blog posts. Then that friend said, Sunday is supposed to be a relaxing day. I suddenly realized that I have not had a regular weekend for 3 years. My weekends are always blog work since I am a full time teacher during the weekdays.

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

Three years ago, when I just started my blog, I was super excited and day dreamed of someday being like those big bloggers who were invited to all kinds of cool fashion events and who got to collaborate with many famous brands. At that time, I told myself my time limit would be 3 years. If after 3 years I am still not seeing the future I want to, then I will stop.

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

Luckily, I have started to see it now. This year especially has been a great year for my blogging career. In April, I had the honor of working with former TV host from What Not to Wear Stacy London. You can read all about that amazing experience here, here and here. Then this fall I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to interview Steve Madden, who is the man behind the shoe and accessory empire, Steve Madden. You can read about that experience here. Just recently, I was chosen as Charming Charlie’s Winter Ambassador. You can read about that here.

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

In the 3rd year, I expanded my horizon to become a lifestyle blogger, not just fashion blogger any more. I have talked more about beauty, travel, and self-motivation. I am quite lucky to have the chance to work with many big brands and department stores as well. Another goal I had when I started my blog 3 years ago was to eventually make my blog a full time job and I can see it happening soon too. πŸ˜‰ I am still on my way to reaching my dreams and I am glad that I didn’t give up.

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

To celebrate my blog anniversary, I have teamed up with Visionworks to give away a pair of Ray Ban’s Sunglasses as photographed below. They are worth $175. They have many fabulous sunglasses, many of which you see me wearing below as well.

Visionworks Ray Ban Sunglasses Giveaway

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

Visionworks also has many prescription glasses to choose from. End your 2017 year right by using your vision health benefits before the end of the year. Don’t let your benefits go to waste, take advantage of your insurance at your nearest Visionworks.

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

In addition to this, CaseApp and I are also giving away an online voucher for two photo cases or computer skins that you can use to design whatever you would like. You can see mine below.

Last minute unique gift idea with CaseApp Michigan over 40 petite fashion lifestyle blog blogger

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Entering this giveaway is super easy, you just follow @colorandgrace, @visionworks_eyewear and @caseapp on Instagram. The final step is to leave a comment on the giveaway post on Instagram below and tag two friends who may like to win these products. This is a U.S. only giveaway! Good luck guys!

Blog Anniversary---Color and Grace Turns 3!

Photo credit: Grace Liang/Tania Franco

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

|TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:|


Grace
http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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