Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Life of Ari

Can I tell you a story?

Years ago I was in my cubicle browsing the web when I discovered Fashion Bomb Daily.  Everyday, Claire would post a "Bombshell of the Day".  I remember seeing all these cool chicks who were beyond fly and they were NOT celebrities!  I was floored.  My love of street style began as I would click through those pictures.  I was so inspired by all these fabulous women from all over who were dressed to the nines.  It wasn't long before I started my blog.

Blogging was so much fun!  I enjoyed dressing up and having my bestie take my pics!  When I look back at my Good Time Girl pics, they bring back so many good memories.  I used to be so excited to see what everyone was wearing, who was getting good deals on what and who was hosting the next fashion challenge.

Dress: JCPenney | Shoes: Children's Place | Doggy Bag: Target | Hair Bows: Macy's | Shades:

Around this time, I was finishing my Bachelor's degree, my daughter was growing up and life just got plain ol BUSY!  I could no longer invest the time to put looks together and take pictures.  My hands were FULL.  And honestly, I just didn't have that fire in me to blog anymore.  I was tired and uninspired.  Period.  I still loved to check in on my favorite bloggers via Instagram, didn't want to actually blog myself.  I stopped doing my jewelry line and just focused on school and work.  Years went by...

Shirt: Fashion Express | Jeans: Fashion Nova | Boots: Target | Bag: Chloe | Glasses: Celine

I never even considered starting to blog again until very recently.  Over the past year, I have been doing a bit of soul searching.  Even after getting married, recovering from a stroke and completing both my Bachelor's degree and MBA,  I still felt like I lacked PURPOSE.  What did I want to do with my life now?  I would constantly ask myself that.  What would I do even if I wasn't getting paid?  Then a lightbulb went off.  I love traveling, entertaining and hanging out with my baby.  I started to feel inspired again.  I hadn't felt that in a while.  I then started to wonder - what if I started blogging again?

I realized that blogging was so much more than taking pictures of outfits.  It's about connecting with people and being an inspiration.  I have discovered so many "Mommy blogs" that have inspired me.  It's so refreshing to see women doing the same things that I do.  I learned so much and felt so connected to these other moms.  I knew the time had come for me to come full circle.  It was time for me to get back to doing what I loved.  I immediately started brainstorming "The Life of Ari".

A lot has changed since my Good Time Girl days so it didn't feel right to pick up where I left off with my old blog.  But at the same time, I didn't want to let go of those memories so I have revamped my blog and still kept all my old posts with the grainy, iPhone pictures lol.  The Life of Ari will focus on things I do with Adara, my travels both with my family and group trips I am currently planning through my company Escapizm Travel Group (@escapizm_travel on IG), and whatever else I am feeling at the moment.  This will be my little piece of the online world for  all to see and I am super excited.  Just wait and see what I have in store!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  I hope you too are spending your days being inspired and living your best life!

Until next time,

- Ari

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