I watched Danielle Carolan’s most recent YouTube video and it left me thinking about a lot of things, one of which being authenticity online. For those of you who haven’t watched the video, I’d highly recommend taking a few minutes to do so and then coming back to this post when you’re done. I guess you’ll understand the “why” of this post a lot better after you’ve watched it.

Watching Danielle talk about taking sponsored deals as an influencer got me thinking about authenticity and how hard it is to be 100% genuine and true to yourself online. It also made me think about myself and how I come across on social media and my blog, and even in real life.  View Post

As much as I love being home after spending three months abroad, there are things that I hadn’t missed after being on my own in a completely different country. And one of those things is how people are trying to control my life and make decisions for me.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve had people make comments on my lifestyle and appearance, criticize the decisions that I make and have been asked so many questions about how things are going (but not in a “what’s up, let’s catch up” way), as if they are trying to control what I’ve been doing and how I’m doing it.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my parents and family and am SO thankful for everything they have done for me, but there is a point in the life of a young adult where you just want to be set free and do your own thing without having people make decisions for you or questioning how you live your life.

So after a month of people nagging me and being all up in my business, I’ve realized that it was time to set my foot down and make my voice heard.  View Post