When one door closes another one opens.
Yeah, yeah – it’s cliche I know, but it’s true. I’ve dreaded writing this blog post for quite some time now, but I feel like it’s an absolute must. While I’ve loved writing and sharing my journey of fashion, DIY, house hunting and marriage – I have to part ways with Mag’s Rags to Riches for awhile. Because the truth is… doing DIY projects, chipping away at my mortgage and decorating my house is not cheap and working in PR, keeping up with my personal brand and buying clothes (used & new) is time consuming.
Keeping Up With The Joneses.
When I started this blog in June of 2011, I was renting a tiny apartment in Tampa, living off student loans and my less than sufficient paychecks from working at a Japanese steakhouse. When I wasn’t in class, working or interning my butt off so I could secure a job in PR after graduation (or in my case before, but that’s a different story!), I was shopping, a lot, planning my next OOTD and begging my boyfriend (now husband) to take pics of me during the golden hour. I felt like I was Keeping Up with the Joneses more than I was keeping up with my finances.
Blogging isn’t cheap and I don’t think a lot of bloggers (or readers) know how much cash and time you have to dedicate to it. Not only are there hard costs associated with blogging and shopping, but there is also time spent in engaging on social media, developing editorial calendars and launching your brand.
Gone are the days of smelling like Asian noodles.
As time progressed and my priorities shifted, so did my passion for blogging about clothes, DIY and home decor. As a full-time PR executive, one of the last things I want to do after working 8-10 hours a day on branding, PR and social media for clients was to come home and do it all over again for me. And as Adg and I continue on our mission to pay off student loan debt and tuck away a little money for our every-6-months vacation, parting ways with my blog made more sense.
I plan to keep the site up for the time being because it serves as sweet reminder of my waitressing, dressing in feathers and crafting up projects to make our first house a home days. I also admire how my writing has matured, ebbed and flowed just as much as my mood and outlook on life has.
Doors in Dublin.
So that’s where the next door opens. No, not really in Dublin, though that is where I took this picture. The next door is blogging about my other passions… millennials, money, life and work. I’ve been secretly writing and planning my editorial calendar for months and when the site is launch ready, I’ll be sure to share it on social media and make an update to this blog post. Thanks for joining me on this journey and I hope you’ll be there when I open more doors. XX, Mag’s Rags