Everyone always says that time goes by quickly, but it’s only something that I started to notice when I turned 27. When I started this blog 5 years ago, I was 22, a student at varsity and my life was completely different to what it is now. 5 years ago when I started “I’ll Take It All” I didn’t know what I was going to do with it or where I was going to take it, except that I just wanted to share my daily outfits and beauty reviews. I didn’t know that this blog would result into my first job and start my career off, I didn’t know that through this blog I would have my first international trip which ignited a travel for passion in me, and I didn’t know that I would make such amazing and long-life friends from it. Its 5 years later, and here we are now- Happy Birthday “I’ll Take It All!”
I had a little giggle when I looked through this post that I published on the blogs 1st birthday– what a ride it’s been since then! Not only for me as a person, but for my writing skills and the photography! I can safely say that my photography skills have improved vastly since I published my first beauty post ha-ha! My fashion posts have also been looking much better, not without credit to Reflection9 photography who takes great pictures with me, as she did over here! I also like to think that my writing skills have improved, and that is why I am still blogging now- I love writing and sharing my thoughts on my little piece of the internet.
As I look back on the last 5 years spend with my blog, 3 big things stand out for me, and they are not all of the make-up, clothing or cool events that I have gotten to go to. The first thing that stands out for me, which would have never happened if it were not through the blog are my friendships. I have made some very dear friends through my blog, and I cannot even image my life without them now! Cassidy and I met almost 5 years ago at a Blogger Meet up and now not only are we the best of friends, we are also each others travel partners! We have traveled to Spain, Bali and Greece together, and I could have not asked for a better travel partner and friend! I also made some awesome girlfriends, and I have gotten to watch Sarah have her precious baby girl and become a mom, see Leanne became a kick-ass lawyer and see Chicara mature into the woman she is today. These girls have also been there for me when I needed them, and I am always thankful to my blog for bringing them into my life.
The second big thing that happened thanks to my blog is my career! I don’t know where my career would have gone, but fate stepped in at the end of 2015 and set my career on a beauty path- literally! I started working for Urban Decay Cosmetics as a Marketing Trainee in 2015, and since then I’ve been promoted to Junior Brand Manager, and then Brand Manager at the end of last year. I love what I do and I’m so happy that my blog steered my career into this path, because who knows what could have happened! I do not know where my career will go in the future, but I am thankful for the last 2 years that I have spent with the brand and thankful my blog for giving me this opportunity.
Lastly, I am thankful for the love of travel that I developed when I went onto my first media trip to Dubai back in 2015 with the blog. I only traveled home to Russia and surrounding countries before, and the interested for travel was not in me. Then I went to Dubai and got to explore a different culture, different food, different take on the world, and I fell in love with travelling. I made travelling my mission, whether it was through work, personal or through my blog, and I have explored 15 countries in the last 3 years. I have made these journeys a part of my blog now, and you can see all of my travel diaries, tips and photos over here. I do not plan on stopping, believe me! 🙂
To celebrate this blog birthday milestone for me, I’m doing an awesome giveaway! I wanted to say that for the 5th birthday I’m giving away R5000 worth of products, but actually its much more than that!
I’m celebrating with this awesome hamper that includes some of my fav perfumes like Air Di Gioia and La Vie Est Belle, my favourite make-up items like Urban Decay Meltdown Remover, Beached Bronzer and Razor Sharp Eyeliner and some skincare products from Kiehl’s and so much more! Enter below via Raffelcopter and good luck! Open to SA residents only.