I think one of the hardest things about being in the fashion blogging industry is the constant need to conform… conform to having the trendiest clothes & accessories before anyone, conform to the high fashion attitude of trying to compete with each other for a certain status, conform to be considered good enough based on how you look or what your life seems to be like through pictures posted on social media. It's all about creating an image of having perfect outfits, perfect make-up topped with a picturesque lifestyle.
In full honesty, the fashion blogging industry is considered one of the most cut-throat and superficial businesses to ever exist. Everything is based on how you look and the portrayal of what your life seems to be. You have to constantly live your life for social media acting a part and it can be so exhausting, mentally, emotionally and soulfully. I think one of the main reasons I stick so closely to my faith is because I do not want to conform; I do not want to get caught up in material things or lose myself by trying to overshadow another person so I can get ahead. I do not want to conform and live my life based on taking the perfect pictures and posting them so I can create an idea of what my life seems to be.
So because I have this mindset, where does that leave me as a blogger? I believe that we all have the ability to create great experiences for ourselves, even in this industry. As a career that thrives on individuality, I've decided that the best look I can showcase everyday through my blog and social media is confidence that exudes with God's working hand in my life. I can rest in the fact that to God, I will always be enough and it's not a competition when it comes to having a relationship with him. I want to transform my blogger mind to just simply living and going back to what really matters: my faith life, the strong relationships I have with ones I love and bettering myself to be the best I can be. It's not always going to be a picturesque process; sometimes it'll be messy and dull. And you know what? That's okay because life isn't meant to be perfect.
It doesn't matter how many amazing pictures I snap. It doesn't matter how many followers I have. It doesn't matter how many posts I put out. In the end, when we are striped from our status, social media and material things, we are still the same. Jesus didn't care about his social status. He just simply lived for the Lord and tried to inspire others to do the same along the way. Ultimately, that's what I want to do and that's part of my life mission.
Don't get me wrong, I still love blogging. I still love posting. However, this year, I want to try something different. Instead of incessantly worrying about blogging the latest and greatest topic or capturing the best picture to post, I want to stay more in the moment. I've lost the opportunity to do this in so many moments because I was so worried I wasn't doing enough for DizzySpangle. I thought I wasn't capturing enough for the gram when I really wasn't capturing the essence of living in the moment. My mantra for this year is: Transform > Conform, which means transforming my habits of constantly posting when I could simply just be living. I just want to live and inspire with all of my desire.
“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” // 2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 AMP