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Conversations with the Inspiring Abby Armstrong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby Armstrong.

Abby, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a military wife currently living in sunny San Diego (not a bad place to be stationed if I say so myself). I love all things style, Disney, and healthy living.

I also work full time studying nutrition and assisting my boss (who’s also a functional nutritionist) teaching doctors how to implement nutrition into their office. I absolutely love my job and am passionate about teaching others about healthy eating and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions about food, diets, or the holistic realm, I’m your girl!

I started blogging right before our wedding in 2015 as a way to document our lives and the adventures we were about to partake on. #HappilyEverArmstrong was our wedding hashtag so that’s where the blog name came from. My husband was deployed shortly after we were married and blogging became my outlet. It was honestly the best thing I ever did during deployment. I love this platform and the creative platform it gives me.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Blogging takes more work than I ever realized; there are a lot of moving parts behind the scenes. I built my website myself from scratch which was an incredibly steep learning curve. Each blog post and Instagram picture presents hours of hard work between planning, shooting, editing, researching, etc. It’s a lot more than just a pretty picture!

My biggest piece of advice for bloggers just starting out is to stay true to yourself. Sounds cheesy but in the world of social media, it can be so easy to start comparing yourself to others and changing who you are or what you put out there to fit the mold of perceived “success.” Sit down right now and write out your “why.” Why did you start blogging in the first place? What do you want to accomplish? Keep that close to your heart and continue to focus on that rather than numbers as your measure of success. People want authenticity; if you stay true to you, it will show!

Next would be to network. You definitely cannot and should not go on this journey alone! That’s part of the joy of blogging, the connections and friendships you make along the way. Find someone who’s on the same path you are and reach out. Having someone who “gets it” is so powerful.

what should we know about Living Happily Ever Armstrong? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’ve been studying nutrition and have worked for a functional nutritionist for about a year and a half now and it has opened my eyes to a brand new world. I’m passionate about demystifying the world of healthy living and eating because it is so much easier than I ever thought it would be! There is also a lot of misinformation out there and I’d love to be a resource to help set the record straight.

I am also an avid bargain hunter. I never pay full price for anything I don’t have to and I believe you shouldn’t either. I try to share as many tips and tricks as I can as I’m often asked to share my secrets. Sale shopping is in my blood!

Overall, I hope to promote not only achievable style and fashion with affordable prices, but also achievable living. We’re a military family so we work with what we’ve got. Good, better, best is my philosophy! Make the best decision you can with what you’ve got in front of you. This is also where the idea of everyday magic comes from.

Currently, we have annual passes to Disneyland and I’m there several times a month (I’d be there everyday if I could to be honest). That won’t last forever as we’re a military family on a budget and bound to move sometime in the future. I get asked a lot about why I love Disneyland so much and the answer is simple: it’s full of magic. Disneyland is an escape. I wrote a whole blog post about this called “Disney Magic” if you’re curious. Another question I get asked a lot is what I’m going to do when we do have to move in the future. I hope to take the lessons I’ve learned from the two magical years we’ve been here and apply them to everyday life. There is magic out there, we just have to find it or make it ourselves! So while I still can, I’ll bask in the Disney magic but when the military takes us away, I’ll make my own magic!

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
The most important piece of advice I could give is to find your passion. Set your goal, plan your steps to get there, and pursue it. My biggest regret is stuffing my dreams away and missing my opportunities to make them a reality. Dare to dream. I wrote a blog post all about this because I think it’s something that is definitely missing out there. No dream is too big! Just figure out how to make it happen.

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