Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Dishman.
Rachel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
TheGlamGiraffe has always been in the back of my mind – even before blogging was as popular as it is today. I started blogging very minimally on Blogspot around 2013 sharing tips, tricks and fitness posts and gravitating towards the fitness blogging niche. Without the idea that blogging could turn into a full-time career like it can today, my blog fizzled after multiple live changes of career, location and last name (getting married).
After getting married and moving from Maryland to San Diego with my husband, I went through a very lonely period in my life. Both being from the east coast, we left our families, friends and hometown for the past 8 years. My husband is in the navy and was going on underways and deployments out at sea for weeks or months at a time. I was working full-time from home with my previous company, therefore, not getting out much or having the ability to meet people in this new beautiful place.
I decided to start back up TheGlamGiraffe as an outlet in hopes of creating, sharing, and meeting other like-minded people! As I continued to post, TheGlamGiraffe transitioned into more of a fashion and lifestyle blog, realizing this is what I really loved. Within a year of committing to blogging part-time, I was able to interview Fashion Week San Diego designers and attend the 10-year anniversary fashion show, work with multiple brands on collaborations, and meet people who are some of my best friends to this day. I hope to continue and inspire others, no matter how small, by sharing a little bit of my life through this platform.
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?
As I’m sure you’re already aware, the road to success and fulfillment is not without twists and turns. More like stops and starts and roundabouts and flat tires.
Okay bad pun, but you get the idea.
I think the biggest piece of advice is to just START. Don’t think or plan too much because it may never be a “perfect time.” Consistency is key when first starting out and building the momentum of whatever you are trying to achieve. Be authentic and don’t be afraid to let your personality show! People crave authenticity in this day and age of internet addiction. I think there is beauty in showing your struggles as much as your successes to help someone else who may be going through the same thing as you are.
A quote I ran back to in the beginning stages of starting TheGlamGiraffe is:
“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” – Katharine Hepburn
Most importantly, do what makes you HAPPY.
Please tell us about TheGlamGiraffe.
TheGlamGiraffe is a fashion and lifestyle blog. Being a military wife, it is also a diary of successes, struggles and memories of the constantly changing lifestyle. We actually just moved from San Diego to Monterey, California (tough life I know) so my style will definitely change into more colder/layered based outfits. Hello, sweater weather!
My favorite memory from starting TheGlamGiraffe was definitely working with Fashion Week San Diego as a blogger and had the opportunity to interview the designers of the Fall 2017 10-year anniversary fashion show. I went to their fitting session at FIDM downtown and was able to talk to the designers 1-on-1 and ask them about their story, inspiration and pieces they were making for the show. I attended the fashion show as a VIP guest, which was one of my favorite experiences. Feel free to read more at http://www.theglamgiraffe.com/fwsd/.
I’ve worked with multiple brands who reached out after seeing my pictures or blogs and love to find new inspiring companies. Some photos shared have been featured on Target.com, Lulus.com and http://Tobi.com.
The thing I am most proud of that has come from starting TheGlamGiraffe would be the friendship. There are so many beautiful people who blog and I’ve been able to meet through events and the blogging community in general! One day, I received an email through my contact page on the blog from a fellow navy wife that had just moved to San Diego with her husband from the east coast and knew no one in the area. We agreed to meet for coffee and a spin class after returning her email. I am lucky enough to call her one of my best friends to this day! Without the platform of TheGlamGiraffe, who knows if we would have met.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My father was in the navy, so we moved around throughout my childhood. From Florida to Hawaii, to Virginia and Maryland, I was “the new kid” on multiple occasions. Looking back, I am so thankful for this lifestyle and how it shaped me into the person I am today – outgoing, adaptive and independent. Starting my blog now that I am a navy WIFE was definitely an outlet for me to meet people, share experiences and provide support for anyone else going through a tough situation.
I love sharing what I’ve learned, found or created with others in hopes that something in someone else’s life changes for the better, no matter how big or small.
- Website: www.theglamgiraffe.com
- Phone: 240-434-5515
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theglamgiraffe/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theglamgiraffe/
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