Well I never thought I’d be in this situation again writing a new ‘first’ blog post 5 years after I started my blog. Long story short don’t start a blog with blog.com…. stay away. Basically, having spent a crazy amount of hours (we’re talking well over 2500 hrs whilst having a full-time job and studying for my masters and battling through all the ups and downs that life brings and sometimes wondering why I even bother at all). Yip, so after pouring lots of sweat and tears into The Yellowest Diamonds, and wondering where to take it next, it was gone, just like that, gone. Gone too were all those blog posts, the good and the bad. The comments, the followers, the photos, the memories, all gone. What isn’t gone though is the experience, the lessons learned and hopefully you guys. All of which I hope to bring across to my new blog space and my new chapter. In some ways I think this may be a blessing in a ‘very’ frustrating disguise. I had been meaning to overhaul and update my website for a long time now but something else always seemed to get in the way. As a result though I’d really started to fall out of love with it and haven’t been blogging much at all lately, opting instead for social media and snapchat (deec1987) to share my ramblings with followers. I think I just felt a bit stuck. I also think that ‘stuck’ is a feeling we all get in life whether it’s in our careers, hobbies or personal lives. I knew I needed a change and boy did I want a change but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. In hindsight or if I’m being completely I think I was just scared. Lets be honest, it’s much easier to do nothing or just put things on a back burner. Anyways, need is a great motivator and that’s what has got me here. Back to square one in a sense but feeling a little more prepped this time round.
I’ve grown up a lot from my very first blog, not just in years but in myself. In my attitude and outlook, my style and in what I look for in products or how I interpret trends. The girl that started blogging as a student is now a wife, a self-employed fashion stylist, an online boutique owner, in the last year of her twenties and probably the happiest she’s ever been. Is this where I thought I’d be at 29? No. Have I hit my dreams and achieved all that I wanted? Definitely not. Am I ok with that? Yes. I’m excited to keep growing and learning and hopefully bringing you guys along for the journey.
I’ve dropped the pseudo name for this new website and just opted for my name. So rather than The Yellowest Diamonds I’m now simply Danielle Donohoe. I’m not going to lie, that makes it a little scarier as I can’t hide behind ‘it’ like I have before, this is all me the good and the bad.
So what can you expect from this new space? Well as you’d suspect there will be more of the fashion, beauty and lifestyle reviews I covered in my old blog. What I hope to add this time round is a few more personal posts, my 2 cents on life, on blogging on running your own business, getting married and anything else you lot might want to read about. I will also be adding a ‘365’ section where I intend to add at least 1 outfit look or inspiration for the entire year. This will be a mix of what I’m wearing, celeb inspo, mannequin looks I spot when shopping, street style, what you guys are wearing or key looks from my favourite boutiques and brands.
Anyways.. that’s the craic lads. That’s why I’ve been MIA on the blog front for a while and why I’m writing my first blog post on a brand new blog after starting blogging 5 years ago. I’m looking forward to getting started and I hope those of you who’ve stuck with me this long will enjoy our ‘fresh start’ and like ‘Danielle Donohoe. For any newbies reading this – hiyaaaaaaaa!
Thanks to all of you for the support, the love and the laughs… and as C.S. Lewis says,
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”