What a difference a year can make... Iona Blog is 1!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

If you asked me a year ago what I hoped to achieve starting IonaBlogs (now Iona Blog) I'd have simply said to do what I love more write, blogging for me gave me the opportunity to combine my love of beauty, fashion and food with my love of writing. One year on I'd never have imagined starting my blog would have such a profound effect on my life, I might sound a little dramatic but blogging for me has been truly life-changing.

Through blogging I have met some of the loveliest people, some of whom I now count as some of my closest friends. I've attended events and met industry professionals who have given me insightful advice and guidance. And I got a new job, effectively through blogging I got my internship which I love and continue to enjoy each and every day.

This time last year wasn't the easiest for me I was a bit down and blogging provided me with a release, a sense of community and starting up IonaBlog was one of the best decisions I ever made. I still haven't celebrated my blog birthday with tea and cake, though I plan to, at the moment everything is a little busy. Next week will simply be hectic, my induction for my final year of my BA at college, along with my 21st birthday and many other things thrown in for good measure, and the week after I have my 21st party and my first week back at college. Never quiet in my diary... Combined with currently having laryngitis, perfect timing as ever, things are currently crazy and great in equal measures.

I'll finish this with a couple of pictures from my first year of IonaBlog. (in no particular order, just a snapshot of my first year of IonaBlog, all of these pictures are from my instagram)

Benefit Stay Flawless Launch- June 2013

Joanne McGillivary Collection Launch- May 2013

Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards- May 2013

Scottish Bloggers Meet Up- August 2013

Taste of Tempus event- July 2013

Cocktails with two of my favourites! Laura and Kirsty- July 2013

Dinner with Nick Nairn- May 2013

Benefit Fake Up launch

SHABA Bloggers event; Meeting Lauren Goodger- April 2013

Next Home- April 2013

The Pokey Hat fashion show- October 2012.

Looking back on a whirlwind last 12 months is crazy, I've met so many amazing people and had so many incredible opportunities, here's to another year of IonaBlog, happy birthday little blog baby!