Luxury newborn photographer Cypress TX, looking at the year ahead

When I embarked on my path of blogging and content creation, I set out to share my love for female-founded brands, fashion, and design. But, along the way, I discovered that I was on a journey of growth.

Newborn photographer Cypress TX

This year is the year I also turned 30. Something about turning the page on a new decade gave me the drive and permission to take on the ideas and projects that had been sitting idle in my mind for years. I began thinking about living more in the present and looking to the future.

This year taught me to take more chances, live with no regret, and take life by the reigns. I began to think about the idea of what it may feel like to turn 40 and 50. I don't want to turn 40 or 50 and regret not pursuing what I was so curious to learn. But, I took it as a challenge for myself. So, I did just that. I challenged myself to embark on what I knew I could do but was too afraid of starting.

Was I afraid of failing? Probably. Also, not being good enough. Not being good enough was the single greatest obstacle I had built for myself during the previous decade of my life. Turning thirty, I saw that as the year I'd choose to knock that wall down, and with force.

And, so I did. Writing has always been my passion, along with design, fashion, and film, and photography. I never considered myself an expert, but I loved them and knew I could do them all well. So, The Applause was born.

I started The Applause as a podcast in October 2020 and then evolved it into a blog at the beginning of 2021. It's when I realized that I wanted to share my admiration and appreciation for the courage of women and entrepreneurs in the content, marketing, and creative space. During that time, I realized I didn't want to only cheer on those brave women from the sidelines; I wanted to become part of the landscape. It was a moment of reckoning for me where I realized I didn't have to choose between being the player or the cheerleader, and I could do both.