A Heart-to-Heart, & Blog Anniversary Giveaway!!

Happy Thursday all!

Today marks a special day for me - I'm celebrating my blog's one year anniversary! I'll be sharing a heart-to-heart recap of the past year, as well as a giveaway at the end :)

Quick side note: To jump right to the giveaway, scroll to the bottom of this post where it says in bold, "A couple notes on entering the giveaway through the form below.” This is going to be a long post!

I can't believe it's already been a whole year since the launch of The Chic Diary. Just a few years ago, I never would have thought that I’d actually own a blog. I loved reading blogs, but I didn’t know if I had it in me to start one myself. To be honest, I’m somewhat of a perfectionist... So I was afraid of starting something without building a huge foundation for it first, including at least a couple months’ worth of posts planned out in advance. And, among other concerns, I thought, β€˜What if I’m not able to post regularly? Will it consume my life? What if I run out of creative outfits to shoot in? What if people judge me?’ (the short answer to the last question for anyone who worries about this is, who cares, as long as it makes YOU happy ;). 

With a little encouragement from some friends, I decided to take a leap of faith and just go for it one day. Why not create something that I'm truly passionate about and love, and share it with the world? What did I have to lose? Nothing, really. And I realized the best time to start was as soon as possible.

Because I jumped right into it, I did not have shoots or posts pre-planned way in advance. But day by day, I started putting together my site (including my lookbook collections, which I’m very proud of!), posting more regularly on my social accounts, coming up with new outfit looks and shoot location ideas - and suddenly - I was a lot further down the road than if I hadn’t started at all due to fear. Now, it’s something I look forward to sharing with you a couple times a month! It’s definitely a lot of work, but it’s work that I don’t mind since I get to see the fruits of my labor. :)

I’ve learned and gained so much experience from starting and maintaining this blog. It consistently challenges me to flex my creative muscles and sharpen my eye for photography. I’ve also had the luck of collaborating with some amazing companies to share the brands and products I love with all of you. Additionally, I’ve discovered and worked with some extremely talented photographers and content creators, with whom I’ve become friends with in the process as we inspire each other and share our love for content creation and photography. Last but not least, this blog has become a place where I can freely share inspiration as well as personal stories and experiences, and for that I am truly grateful.

To celebrate my blog’s 1st birthday and to show appreciation for your love and support, I thought I would do a special giveaway! Aer was so kind to offer a brand new Duffel Pack to one lucky reader (a $150 value, pictured below). If you read my gym bag review or my recent gym bag essentials post, you know how much of a fan I am of the Duffel Pack. I found that it also makes a great travel bag! I’m super excited to be gifting one to one of you :)

Photo by Lachtype

Photo by Lachtype

A couple notes on entering the giveaway through the form below:

  1. The ONLY requirement to enter the giveaway is to subscribe to my email newsletter through the entry form.
  2. You can perform the additional OPTIONAL tasks for additional entries into the giveaway, giving you a higher chance of being selected. Tweeting a message or leaving a blog post comment will give you 2 additional entries each, whereas following an account on Twitter will give you 1 additional entry.
  3. The giveaway is open to all US and international readers, and ends on 7/20/16 at 12:00am PST. The winner will be announced on this post within 2 days after the giveaway has concluded, and he or she will be responsible for claiming the prize.

That’s it! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. :)

From the bottom of my heart, thanks to each and every one of you for continuing to support The Chic Diary! Have a great weekend!

Cheers,
Diana

Thanks to Aer for collaborating on this post. As always, all opinions are my own.