A new beginning for Lily Like
The start of a new chapter: don't we all love a fresh start? Even though it's questionable if our lives will ever become actual chapters, sometimes we just need to leave things in the past and turn over a new leave. And that's totally fine, because you are the writer of your story. Your only job is to make it a hella good one. So that's what I'm going to do: I am going to start a new chapter on Lily Like today.
"I don't like to call myself an online influencer. Influencing people sounds too shady and negative to me. I much rather prefer online inspirer: I want to inspire you in any way or form I possibly can."
For those of you that don't know, I wasn't feeling that well the last couple of weeks (read this blogpost if you want to know more). To keep things rather short, I felt like I had lost myself. Things just weren't falling into place as I was used to. It was like I was trying to solve a puzzle, but the puzzle pieces kept changing everytime I started getting somewhere. I found it hard to accept the events happening to me. I found it hard to accept change. However, now that I finally acknowledged these changes, I felt like I could finally start being myself again (or slowly figuring out what my actual self consisted of). My life completely reshuffled again - but this time in a good way. I feel like I'm in such a good, happy place right now, that nothing can stop me from smiling. However, the strongest emotion I feel currently is not happiness, but gratitude. I feel so grateful for feeling so genuinely happy right now.
Although I am definitely a believer in the law of attraction - thinking positively is key - I want to add a big fat sidenote to it as well. Life isn't always positive, and we shouldn't strive for a completely positive life either. Instead, life is about balance. Accepting and appreciating both the good and the bad is the actual thing we should strive for. Let me explain it with the example I just used. I was just telling you guys about how I felt like I've lost myself the last couple of weeks, but that I've finally started to figure things out now, which made me feel extremely happy and grateful. Well, one of the reasons why I feel so fortunate and grateful, is because I've experienced the opposite of these feelings for weeks as well. Without the negative experiences I had previously, I would never be so happy as, for example, a student that realizes it's the first day of Summer vacation, and they still have a lot of days left to do all the things they want to do, but couldn't do during uni life (but they probably end up doing nothing, which is perfectly acceptable). Conclusion: negative experiences are essential to appreciate the positive ones. Instead of only trying to be positive, strive to find balance.
Keeping this on a positive note, if you're wondering why I am so happy, I'll give you a short summary. First of all, yesterday was my last Philosophy exam (Ethics 3: Freedom & Responsibility) of this academic year. The funny thing was that 30 minutes prior to my exam, I actually got an email saying that I got the Scholarship I applied to! I honestly couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't prepare my interview that much, because I was in the middle of my exam week, and I thought they would definitely pick out someone other than me. However, I was wrong and I still can't believe they saw something in me that they didn't see in others (it was also the first time that I actually talked about my business being a Youtuber on my CV, so it's good to know it was actually really appreciated). Definitely started my exam with some good vibes, haha. Although I was really nervous for it - I started studying way too late - it actually went pretty well. I have a good feeling about it. So yeah, today is my first day of Summer holiday! And it already started great, with the relaunch of Lily Like ánd a Google event in Groningen for entrepreneurs and students I have to attend as one of the speakers (yup I honestly felt like I had my life together for a sec when Google asked me to be one of their 'successful case studies' for this event - life goals lol). So yeah, in short: I feel blessed.
Some last words
So with this personal positive change, I also feel like it's time to change Lily Like. I've been actually thinking about turning the tables with my blog for a while now, but today is the right moment. So what can you expect?
- A new and improved layout. I felt like it was time to update my layout to something new. I am completely obsessed with how it came out, and I hope you love it too!
- More personal, philosophical articles. I always get an overwhelmingly positive response from you guys, every time I post a more personal, 'risky' blogpost. Although it feels scary sometimes, it honestly does not compete with the feeling I get when true sharing my stories, I am able to help and inspire others. Also, I feel like my true skills and passion for writing are mostly found whenever I am writing a more personal piece.
- Less video integration. One big thing that is going to change on my blog Lily Like are my 'video blogposts'. I used always make a separate blogpost with every video that I posted on my YouTube channel, just to make sure both media were in line with each other. However, every time that I posted a new vlog or study with me video, I ended up writing such a short and boring. From now on, I only want to write 'video blogposts' that are actually interesting to read and give extra information aside from the Youtube video.
- Better quality Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Study/University & Travel content. Yes, those are a lot of categories, but it's honestly all things I am very passionate about. I want to keep improving my content with better writing, better photos and just more creativity and inspiration. I already have some great ideas. I am so excited for this, and I hope you are too!
WHEN DOES YOUR NEW CHAPTER BEGIN?