The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Katy of Modly Chic sends us questions weekly, and we answer on our blogs.
We’re a little off-schedule this week, so this is actually a Friend Saturday post, but anyway.
This week Katy wrote:
Let’s talk history…
So here is mine:
When did you first start blogging?
I started in mid-2006. I was just curious about it. When I first started, I didn’t know what to write about—it was only after I went to a usability conference in Washington, D.C., that I started to really get into it. It took me a good three years before I found the right content management platform and a solid direction for my blog. That’s why really old posts aren’t formatted correctly…I’ve moved them from blog apps and templates at least three times, and I just don’t have the energy to go back and reformat them. Maybe one day.
Going back in time, what were you like in high school?
I can’t remember. I blocked high school from my memory.
No seriously, I was an outcast. An “alternative,” kind of borderline goth for a couple years. I was always a creative type and did my own thing. I most definitely was not popular, cute, the prom queen, or even close. In fact one day while outside during lunch, someone picked up a piece of broken brick and threw it at me for absolutely no reason. I was just out with the rest of the “weirdos” sneaking a smoke in the trees off the cafeteria (yes, I was and will always be a little bit of a bad girl. But at least I quit smoking many, many years ago). I was a typical misfit: smart, odd-looking, mostly quiet, and filled with teen angst and rebellion.
What’s the biggest change your high school classmates would notice about you now?
Hmmm. That’s a hard one to answer without sounding like I have tickets on myself. I’d say the primary thing is that I turned out to be a reasonably attractive, well-preserved, and well-presented woman. They’d probably notice that I seem to fit in more on the outside, but I still don’t really fit into any one box. I’m quite a contradiction: I can be really rough-and-tumble—guns, knives, weights, skydiving, ziplining, and the like—or super prissy, all lipstick, stilettos, and shopping; I can do hip-hop as easily as I can do classical, Sinatra, or Latin; I can murder the English language southern slang style, or write a full-blown, grammatically-perfect article.
I suppose the most important thing they might notice is that I no longer lack confidence. I’ve never really given a shizz what anyone thinks, but now I’m more self-assured. I do what I want, when I want, because I only have this life, and I intend to max it out.
When did you first become interested in the fashion/beauty industry?
I think I started to develop a cognizance of the industry somewhere around 13 to 14 years old. My awareness of beauty and my own appearance really kicked in between 12 and 14. I’ve been a serious consumer of fashion magazines for at least a couple of decades. I’m totally addicted.
If you had the chance to give one message to high school girls today, what would you say?
Study hard, study abroad if you can, pay no attention to what anyone else thinks, and intern as much as you can. When you believe in something, don’t take no for an answer. And don’t worry about boys. They will come and go and a good one—the right one—will love you just as you are.