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Figuring Out Why Change is Sometimes Good

I don't usually write posts like this, but today I figured I should start, in spirit of the theme of this post! A big lesson I've learned in this past year is that sometimes, you've just got to learn how to shake it off (thank you Taylor Swift). Change has been a reoccurring theme in my life recently, but sometimes you've just gotta roll with the punches, and take what lessons you can from the experience. Anyway, 

My blogging journey started a little less than a year ago when I ruptured my achilles tendon cheerleading. I. Was. Devastated. As a kid, I loved three things equally... writing (and reading), shopping... and cheerleading. I began gymnastics when I was 10 and then began cheerleading at the age of 12. Not joking, that first summer of cheer I would wake up every day so excited for practice, then come home and write in my journal about how it went. My career continued into high school where i began competitive cheerleading. It was seriously my life. I dreamed of going on and doing it in college, and finally that became a reality. Flash-forward to the summer before my junior year where I am tumbling near concrete... aaand my achilles rips in half as it hits the concrete... not a fun experience.

The first doctor I see tells me sternly that it was a clean tear, meaning that even after a hard and long year of recovery, my cheerleading career would be over. I was heartbroken. I went to see an ankle specialist who tried to be a bit more optimistic with me, saying I may be able to fight through and continue my career. I took that little bit of hope and ran with it (but not literally because it took me a really long time to walk again haha). I worked my butt off in therapy and followed every rule my doctor gave me but it just wasn't enough. Thankfully, by that time, I had already developed a new passion.

After my surgery I had a lot of time at home. I had always loved writing, and my major was fashion design. It was then I realized how those two fit together, and that was with blogging. I began very slowly by just discovering the industry. I began following every big name blogger I could find on Instagram and Pinterest, and reading about how they got started. I created a secret "blogging" board on Pinterest and pinned every bit of blogging advice I came across. And finally, I started a blog. I really just started writing posts to just to test the waters. I played around with the design and coding, but still had no idea what I was doing. I still spent a lot of free time doing anything and everything I could to help get back into cheerleading. But the more I sat out at practice, and the more I started falling in love with blogging, the easier it got to accept that my life was moving on to other things.

That fall, I changed my major to Retail Management as I also began discovering more about the fashion industry, and how there is so much more out there than just design. I had always loved the business aspect of  it, and finally figured out how to pursue that. As another huge change in my life, my parents decided to put our house up for sale. I spent this winter break in Charleston, South Carolina house hunting. I brought as many cute outfits as I could on the trip, and tried out having my mom as my photographer. I couldn't wait to get home and put them on the blog.

As of a few months ago, I officially stopped going to practices and really threw myself into blogging. I started the Pleats and Thread Instagram and couldn't believe all of the positive feedback I was getting! Before then, I was literally the only one seeing my pictures and posts. Now, I can't wait to see where else this journey of blogging takes me, and what other changes life can throw at me. My parents are officially moving to Charleston in July, so I can't wait to share some beach looks with you all! I will continue to go to school here in St. Louis for my senior year, but (more changes!) will not be cheering at football games, and will hopefully instead be working full time at a job I love so I can pay rent for an apartment (if everything works out. I really do not want another year in campus housing...) and pay for plane tickets to stay with my family in Charleston over holidays and long weekends.

To summarize, this has been the most crazy year for me. I still wake up with my ankle aching, and have to limp around for the rest of the day, but it reminds me how much I have overcome and how great it is to move on to better things. I can't wait to continue to do more and more blogging! If you are also starting a blog, I linked below some of the best blogging advice articles I have come across! Or follow my Blogging board on Pinterest. Also, I am always thrilled to meet and speak with new people, so email me, or comment if you are interested in any collaborations, have any questions, advice, basically anything!

xoxo, Ashley


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