This post should have gone out ten days, but sometimes we miss opportunities because of things like moving apartments and broken heaters (that’s a story for another day). Last weekend was Ginger & Co.’s fifth birthday and I thought it would be fun to do a comparison of life back then versus now.
Back then, when the blog first started, it wasn’t Ginger & Co. It was called A Little Bit Stronger, based on one of my favorite songs – “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans. I wanted to focus on mental health, and the blog looked something like this (thanks Wayback Machine).
Some of the early posts focused on mental health, being grateful, and confidence. Lots of posts about confidence. The blog started out on Blogger, a platform I was familiar with. I wanted to focus on mental health, but I wanted to be a typical lifestyle blogger, too, with posts about my life and fashion and fun things.
I’m laughing, y’all. While I have drastically improved my sense of style, fashion blogger I am definitely not. Oh and let’s laugh at how I thought I could sell make-up.
Now, five years later, the blog looks a little different.
Ginger & Co. has stuck around as the blog name for four years now, which is a lot longer than I ever thought it would. Between these names, there was a brief, like, nine-month stint, where I had the blog named “The Laura Way.” Boring as fuck, I know.
Ginger & Co. covers a lot of topics and it’s fun to see what brings people here. While I cover a lot about writing, I also love goal-setting and recaps of books I read. I love apps and technology, which is why there are so many posts about Evernote and Todoist. As the blog hits this 5 year mark, I’m really focused on content that helps other women in their twenties. Whether it is through posts about apps, or dating, or your career, or moving, chances are – I’ve probably done it in the past year and I probably fucked it up in the funniest way possible.
Humor is another thing I hope to showcase in the next year. My self-deprecating humor is strong, y’all, but I don’t know how much it shows in writing. I’m hoping in the next year, that changes.
In five years, the blog has seen hundreds of changes. Some big, some small, some so tiny I don’t even remember them. I’m completely fine with that, because as the blog has changed, those changes are a reflection of how I’ve changed.
In 2014, I was barely 20 and it shows. I was at least thirty pounds lighter and I was less than a year removed from a major mental break down that finally got me the help I needed (hence the focus on the mental health). Still in college, I was working hard to ensure I graduated in three and a half years.
It had been three years since I’d been in a relationship and I had it bad for a guy who was never going to see me for what I could be (but at the same time, I wouldn’t see myself for what I could be because my self-confidence was in the tank).
I hadn’t published a book yet and wondered if I ever would, despite tooting my own horn. The truth was, I didn’t know what I wanted (I guess maybe I still don’t, but now I embrace the chaos). I couldn’t seem to be happy in my own life, and looking at photos, lord did it show.
The smile doesn’t quite reach my eyes, like I’m not convinced I can pull this off. Though the earrings looked pretty nice (I’m a sucker for earrings). The big thing I was probably optimistic for was a job after graduating and no longer needing to struggle for money.
Joke’s on me, I make terrible pay, but it is still better than the seven months I went through of unemployment after the election. That constant worry was something I still worry about, even though I’m damn good at my job and have no reason to suspect they’d get rid of me for performance reasons.
Either way, 25 has felt like a solid year so far. In December, I cut off a foot of hair and this is the shortest I’ve had it since high school. There’s been this period of exploration as I try to figure out what I can do with it as ponytails and braids are no longer an option.
I’ve started dating and while I haven’t mad it to a second date, that’s okay. It took me a long time to get back into the pool and I’m okay with taking my time. Now, if I could stop wasting my time dragging out “never going to happen” options, this might work better.
While I’ve gained over 70 pounds since graduating high school, I’m slowly losing it again. This is going to be the year I get under 200 pounds again, mark my words!
Make no mistake, life has hardened me, but at the same time there’s this new sense of this is my year. I’m going to make it my year, late nights editing books, dates, going to the gym, working my ass off at my job. The only person who will get in my way is me, and like I mentioned with my phrase of the year – I’m going to accomplish these things in spite of myself.
So here is to 2019 and the next five years of Ginger & Co. What a ride.