Where do I even begin. This summer couldn't have started off better. I have been incredibly blessed with all the ways that God is moving in my life as well as with all the people He has placed along my journey. How smooth everything has been going has pushed me to really hang on to these moments because they are not always guaranteed. I've been doing a lot of self evaluation. Coming to grips with things like body image (I had a bad run in with a Target 360 degree mirror), my faith and how it influences the world I live in, what my dreams are, and also this blog. *Cue ominous music*
For a while this blog was the only thing I had. Sure I had family and some friends but those relationships weren't always what I wanted them to be and this was the one of the only constants in my life. It was my therapy. But the funny thing about blogging is that inevitably in every bloggers life it takes a shift where it becomes a job. Some people embrace that shift with open arms, call on the sponsors, and live happily ever after. While some people struggle. I fit into the later category.
With more readers came more responsibility. I felt pressure to blog more regularly, to be more fashionable, to wear makeup and look more put together more often. I got to a place where I was constantly comparing myself to my favorite fashion bloggers. It made simple things like getting dressed to run errands stressful. What if someone sees me and I look like a bum? I should be taking outfit pictures now. I need more clothes. I need more shoes. The conquest to be like everyone else was never ending. So, I quit.
No, I'm not going to quit blogging. Or even fashion blogging for that matter. I just quit trying to keep up. If I blog once a week so be it. If I shoot one actual outfit post to every 6 instagram outfit pictures so be it. But I've got to do this my way now.
This week I lived. For the last month I've been living. Not concerned with what time or where I'm going to shoot outfit pictures or how many posts I could write this week. It's been amazing and I haven't been happier in a while. And I've got pictures to show it! So long story short, I think what I'm trying to say is that CakedCulture will now be more of a lifestyle blog that has bits a pieces of everything. It will still have fashion, because I love it. It will have more pictures because I'm out living now. I'll throw some natural hair things in there too because I've gotten a lot of interest and questions there. There's a lot of things I've been hoping to use this blog for and now I will. Hello Caker Vintage will take a higher priority. It's going to be fun!
P.S: The photos above are from Lake Michigan. It was a different part of the lake than we saw earlier in the week. This part had the Chicago skyline in the back and it's safe to say I'm completely in love. Plus, I might sound crazy, but that lake water did wonders for my curls! Don't judge me!
What I'm Wearing: Swimsuit by Target // Red Cup: By Solo