I can’t tell you how many “hello world” pages I’ve made in my lifetime. Anyone who codes knows that creating a webpage that says this infamous phrase is usually the first lesson you learn when learning a new language. So as a coder at heart myself, I thought this would be the perfect way to introduce myself and my new blog.
Hi there, I’m Lisa—and LisatotheMarie is my online alias.
Welcome to my blog! Many of you might know me personally and many of you might not, but I know one thing is for sure, you’re all going to get to know me better through this journey I’ve embarked on.
So, why did I start a blog? Why now? And, why should you care?
Well, because, if not now then when, and maybe you shouldn’t (lol). In a more eloquent way, I decided to start this blog because I’ve always talked about starting one, like, for YEARS. I’ve overcome a lot of hurdles and obstacles along the way (mainly, my own sad excuses) that have made me nervous about starting one. What if I put so much effort into it and no one reads this? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not new to the concept of blogging. Heck, I’ve had a Xanga and LiveJournal but nothing that ever stuck. I remember sharing the deepest and darkest thoughts on those accounts and thankfully, no one really read them. But now, blogging has evolved into this crazy industry.
So, why do I want to toss my hat into the ring?
To be honest, I just want to help people. Something I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I like to help people. I always seem to be giving advice (solicited or not, sorry!) and extending myself to people to make sure they look great, feel great, and be great—which is the tagline for my blog. I feel like I oftentimes am telling different people the same things. So I thought, why not bottle it up into a blog that y’all can refer back to (yes, I say y’all and will probably use it throughout this blog. Sorry not sorry.)?
I also want to work on my writing skills. The only times I really get to flex my writing skills is whenever I’m applying for a job and have to write a killer cover letter (which I’ll dedicate an entire blog post on ;)) or when I was in grad school and wrote papers (which was torture). This will totally be a more casual tone than those formal examples I mentioned, which will make it fun for me and hopefully for you too! I want to provide helpful tips and advice in an approachable way.
For those that know me personally, it would be like all the wonderful conversations we’ve had and boy, there have been a lot of them. I love talking with people and sharing common ground with people from all sorts of backgrounds. I think it really helps open your mind and recognize the different perspectives that we all have on the same world. Cool, right?
Which brings me to my next point: Whatever I post and write from here on out, I want you to know it is not meant to be taken as the only way to do anything in your life. This is just me bringing my perspective, wisdom (am I old enough to have that?), and experience to you and you can decipher what you’d like to adopt into your life.
I’d also invite you to express your thoughts in the comments below every post. I’d love to hear from you. Again, this is like a conversation between two good friends and I’m just bringing up specific topics for us to discuss and navigate together. I’m really excited about it!
So, what will my blog be about?
Admittedly, I have a lot of interests—for better or for worse—so I’ve really tried to narrow it down to topics I know I can write a lot about and these might evolve over time. But for now, I’m starting off with Beauty, Lifestyle, and Career. These are the three main things that I’ve focused a lot on over the years and I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you.
What about your YouTube videos?
Ah yes, my YouTube videos. I was really hitting a stride with my YouTube videos late last year into earlier this year and well, like most everything during the pandemic, my videos when on a little lockdown of their own. I’ll go into more detail in a dedicated blog post about how I’ve been dealing with the pandemic and how it has greatly impacted my creativity. BUT, I plan on getting back into creating more videos. I loved making videos and love that you all loved them just as much. I have a few ideas of how I’d like to make a comeback and maybe even switch it up a little. Stay tuned.
So, now what?
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little introduction and have gotten a better sense of what the heck I’m doing. I don’t expect you to read every post, but I do hope you read some of them and actually find them helpful. I invite any suggestions you may have on topics you’d like me to discuss and I’ll consider them. It’s now your decision to either bookmark my homepage or never give this another thought. But, I truly hope you’ll stay a while and that I give you a reason to keep coming back for more.
If you follow me on social media (Instagram especially), I’ll let you know whenever I publish a new post. I hope to get to a consistent schedule (i.e. every Tuesday and Friday), so when that’s decided I’ll definitely let you know.
If you’ve read up to this point, THANK YOU! I really appreciate your perseverance and I hope you’re just as excited as I am. My first actual blog posts will be published soon, but for now–
This is: LisatotheMarie | The Blog.
Stay safe & be well,