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First I have to say how blessed I am & that I know this!
One year ago today I lunched A triple shot of {E} on Instagram.  At that time my plan was to hopefully just model for a few local boutiques.  I didn’t tell any of my friends because, I wasn’t sure that I would really get anywhere with it.  My sister Grace told me I should start a blog & I honestly didn’t even know what blogging was all about.  I reached out to a few Houston Bloggers & couldn’t believe how nice they were.  I started trying to follow along with what they were doing & asked a ton of questions.  I am sure I drove them crazy.  I started going to events as I heard of them on Instagram & began meeting more influencers.  By April, I was hooked & all in!  I started reaching out to brands for collaborations & I got about 40 no’s before I finally got a yes from my very first collaboration with Lipstick Junkie.  I learned that there is no harm in asking, all they can do is say no.  My goal for 2017 was to get just one collaboration & to my shock, by the end of the year I had worked with over 70 brands.  One of my most proudest moments was when I found out that I became one of the youngest teen members accepted in to the Like to Know It program.

In May two of my friends ran across A triple shot of {E} on Instagram & my secret was out!  As scared as I was for everyone to know, it all turned out ok & there was so much support from everyone.  All of a sudden I had brands reaching out to me & I started growing super fast.  I knew it was time for me to start building it out more than just on Instagram.  My sister built my website & my other social media accounts for me.  It is definitely a work in progress every day.  I get asked all the time for advice & I have to be honest by saying that I feel like I am just winging it & learning as I go.  I have been told how lucky I am for getting all of these great opportunities & I am but, let me tell you, it is so much work & the hustle is defiantly real!  But, I wouldn’t change this past year for anything in the world.  My advice to anyone wanting to become a blogger is, just do it!  Find what style you love & ask as many questions as you can.  Be prepared to work super hard & not get much sleep.  I usually get up about 4:30 in the morning so I can work on post & catch up with all my messages & then do the same after homework before I go to sleep.  You will need help!  If it weren’t for my sister & my mom I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all of this & school.  My favorite quote that describes 2017 for me is from Jasmine Star - “Jump in the deep end & then figure it out”  If you want it then do it, you won’t ever know unless you try.

I couldn’t even start to say thank you to everyone that has helped me but, I appreciate everyone that worked on a collaboration with me or gave me advice.  To each boutique, influencer, photographer, salon, advertising agency & most of all my family & friends...THANK YOU!!!  I plan to work even harder this year & I hope to keep being able to share a lil bit of my love for fashion, beauty & also a tiny look into my fun & crazy world.  I hope you will keep following along with me.  I love each of you!
XOXO Millie…