Four years. Nearly 500 blog posts written. Countless of online friends made. Thousands of photos taken, many deleted. Amazing opportunities and many memories made. It has definitely been a hell of a journey and I still can’t quite believe it.

When I started a blog, this was well before The July Journal, things were a lot different. I was taking photos on a Blackberry phone, never really spell checked my work and had a really rubbish brand/design and blog name. I didn’t have a clue but then again, who really knew what they were doing?! I had a fair few readers, god knows how…

Skip forward a few years and I created this internet place, The July Journal. A place where I can ramble on about everything and anything. An archive of blog posts with many memories and a small readership that I’ve grown to love. I’m so grateful and thankful for every ounce of support that I receive from you guys. I can’t quite believe that something which was created in my university bedroom with my best friend, Sabrina and a couple of house mates has led to opportunities with various beauty, skincare and lifestyle brands. I love it!

Nowadays, my blog posts range from beauty and skincare features, product reviews, lifestyle posts about restaurants, cafes and days out with friends and family. There’s even some motivation and fashion posts thrown in. I love being able to share parts of my life with you and be really honest with you guys about how I am feeling. I want to just be your average girl who you can talk to about anything because I’ve been through a lot myself and I just want to be there for others. This little corner of the internet is my place to create amazing friendships, talk honestly about things that bother me or that’s on my mind without being judged and for you guys to feel happy whilst your here. If there is anything you would particularly like to see more of please do tweet me. 

This blog has changed my life for the better. In all honesty I was such a quiet, shy young person who kept quite a lot of thoughts and feelings to myself. My blog has taught me to open up to people. It has taught me to trust people. It has gave me a hell of a lot of self-confidence. I’ve met some amazing friends along the way including my best friend Alice who also writes a blog at Alice’s Wonder Emporium. It has gave me something to talk about and to enjoy. I can’t remember what I used to do before writing a blog. It has taught me to be my own person instead of ‘following the crowd’. It has taught me that it is okay to have a break from something you enjoy if it’s getting too much. It has taught me that it’s okay to not feel okay all the time.

This blog means the world to me and I’m so bloody grateful for it!

I hope you can come along for the next four years and see even more exciting journeys from me.

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