The Road To 25K

Hi, friends!

I’m so grateful that you’re here today! This post has been a long time coming and if you’d asked me a year ago, I probably would have told you it would never come. But here it is and I’m just so full of gratitude to be able to share this little part of my story.

About a year and a half ago, our whole life turned upside down when my husband Matt had a horrible relapse. He was diagnosed his senior year of high school with an auto immune disease and throughout most of our marriage, we have been able to keep it under control. Things were spiraling out of control around Christmas time in 2015 and we felt helpless as to what was going on and how to stop it. Finally in January Matt was admitted to the hospital and had emergency surgery. Turns out, he was almost septic and in a very dangerous situation. The surgery was a temporary fix but he would end up being in the hospital for over three weeks and then in and out of the hospital for the next year to follow.

I say all that to give you a little glimpse into what our lives looked like when I thought to myself “Hey, maybe a blog would be a good idea!” Ha! I was in the hospital one day with Matt when I got this sinking feeling that he might not ever be able to go back to work. I started wondering what we would do. Since he owns his own business, if he doesn’t work, we find ourselves in a pickle! I also knew that our medical expenses were going to start adding up. The anxiety started causing me to dip further and further into fear.

I was willing myself to take deep breaths when I got this thought “I should start blogging again.” I had dabbled with it a bit before but let it go while my babies were really little. I even had the crazy idea that maybe I could make it into a business and actually help support my family, all the while staying home with my babies. It still felt like a dream.

At the time, I’m pretty sure I had about 5 followers on Instagram and couldn’t even remember my blogger password. I was also frazzled and un-showered any given day of the week. I loved putting outfits together and I loved helping other people. So if I could help other people put outfits together, I may actually stumble into something I really enjoy.

A few weeks later we were back in the hospital but this time, Matt was well enough to be able to walk around a bit. We took an afternoon walk around the hospital/college campus and it was a glorious day. I was so nervous but I said “Hey, babe. I know this sounds crazy. But could you take a picture of me?” My sweet Matt has really never thought any of my ideas were crazy (bless him) so he said yes of course. So there he was barely able to walk, still in so much pain and he’s taking my very first OOTD. There I am with confidence the size of a mustard seed watching all these people walk by while I’m trying to act natural for the picture. Looking back it was just so funny and precious at the same time.

I posted the picture that afternoon and then decided to keep on going. My goal was to reach 1000 followers on Instagram and I made myself a promise that even if it was hard, I wouldn’t give up til I had at least given it a year.

Now into year two and here we are at 25 THOUSAND of you following along and being a part of our every day lives. You guys are the ones that have sent countless prayers up on our behalf when Matt’s been sick and you’ve laughed alongside me in this hilarious journey of motherhood. Yes, we have talked a lot of clothes but I think we’ve done more than that. My dream for this space has always been to build a community where we encourage and lift each other up. One of my favorite Proverbs tells a story about a wife of Noble Character. it describes her as being clothed in fine linen and purple, which would be equivalent to suede and Louie Vuitton (or something close to that!) but it also says she is clothed with strength and dignity. The two don’t have to mutually exclusive. I want to learn to do both well.

I have learned SO much about myself over this past year and a half and I am really SO grateful to those of you who have followed along with me and given a lot of grace as I’ve learned what the heck I’m doing.

This week is all about celebrating YOU GUYS and I’m excited to be giving away a few of my favorite things as a way to say THANK YOU!

All my love to all of you! You are a blessing to me and I’m so so so grateful that you’re not just followers, you’re FRIENDS!

Thank you!!!!!

All my love to YOU!

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Comments

  1. What a wonderful story of victory out of a dark place! I too have an autoimmune and every day is different. My heart goes out to you and your family. It is so encouraging to hear your story and how positive you all have been. Congratulations on not only meeting your blogging goal but exceeding your own expectations!

    God bless,
    Chelsea Godfrey
    http://www.effortlesslychicblog.com

  2. Marenda Benson says:

    Oh Laura, I loved reading this and hearing more of your story! I hate to know that’s where it began, but we serve a good, good Father! I know He has a great plan! Continuing to pray for Matt’s health and your success! You are a joy to follow and I love watching you be “Mama”

  3. I’m not even sure how I found your account on Instagram but SOOOOO glad I did! I have thoroughly enjoyed following along the last year and can’t wait to see how much more your grow!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  4. LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE reading this post…..gives me total inspo to keep going with my own ootds and fashion blog. I was in a similar work situation and decided to start blogging again after years of pushing it aside!

    BTW we are also in Atlanta if you ever want to get to get and take OOTD pics for eachother lol!

    Erica Valentin
    http://www.EricaValentin.com

  5. You are funny, you are kind, and you care about people! That’s a tribe/village I want to follow! I don’t even have kids, but I love yours and their affirmations. You are bringing up good & grateful kids! That is so important! God bless and here’s to another 25k! ❤😘

  6. You are such a gem and you have most certainly accomplished a wondrous thing here! Your posts are always so REAL, and edged with humor and sweetness. I have loved getting to know you and your sweet family through insta, have loved your encouragement and spiritual thoughts on insta stories, and of course- spending time with you in real life! I couldn’t be more thrilled for you to have reached 25k!!! I hope you take a moment to really soak this feeling in so you never forget it. You’ve built an amazing business and online presence, all while staying present with your family. I applaud you! Thanks for being such an inspiration Laura! Xx

  7. I absolutely loved this post! Especially the scripture reference! Congrats on all of your success!

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