Photo by Denny Nguyen

It Is the Beginning of a New Chapter

“Don’t put your dreams on hold, put your excuses on hold.” – Summer Brackhan

My name is Thivy Michelle and once upon a time I was a little girl with big dreams that I promised to make real one day. I am going to get a bit personal and give you a glimpse into my life. This year has by far been one of the most challenging years for me. As I’m sitting here typing this, I am physically recovering from a car accident. Living in New York City was a struggle, I was constantly on the go and never had time for myself. Armed with only my Master’s in Fashion Marketing, I plunged feet first into the real world. I decided to move back to Florida to be with my family, figure out my career, and build a foundation for my future. On top of that, I recently got out of a 5-year relationship with someone that I absolutely adored. To this day, I still have nothing but respect for this person. I am not the type of person that normally shares details about my personal life, but I’ve been holding everything together for a while now to the point where I was letting myself down. I needed to take a step back to breathe, put my work aside, and get reacquainted with myself. On the outside, it seemed like I had everything going well for me. I recently got featured on Teen Vogue and started a new job. While I was only shining a spotlight on the good aspects of my life through social media outlets, I was truly broken inside. My lack of trust in people led me to bottle up all my problems which caused awful anxiety. Now I finally reached a place where I can open up about the situation and it feels like weights have been lifted off my shoulders. Words could not express my gratitude to my family and friends for being my biggest support system. I would not have gotten through this difficult time without them. They put things into perspective for me; the past should stay in the past, and I need to look forward to the future. Right now, I’m in a much better place and stronger than I have ever been. There are many wonderful experiences coming and I can’t wait to see where life takes me. It feels good to focus on myself and grow into the genuine person that I want to be. Most importantly, I’m just super excited to finally launch my site, confident and unshackled from excuses and negativity.

My website should have been launched a while ago but I didn’t want to put something out there representing me that I couldn’t fully dedicate myself to. As I rebuilt my confidence, I focused on what truly inspires and motivates me. I look forward to sharing all these moments and ideas with you as I grow my site. Mainly, I am overjoyed to finally say that I am officially launching my own lifestyle website that will include content for fashion, travel, beauty, style, tech and so much more. I hope this site turns out to be everything you expected and more.

My promise to myself and you my readers is that I will stay true to myself throughout this journey. When you publicly put yourself out there, it opens you up to criticism so it is easy to lose sight of oneself. I refuse to let anybody’s criticism define who I am. I was all too aware of people’s opinions of me and I let fear hold me back from being authentic which prevented me from producing content that I wanted to display. Throughout the past month, I learned that what a person says when you aren’t there to defend yourself says more about that person than you. I can’t blame anybody but myself for letting it get to me. Once you start to become more secure with yourself, you realize that you don’t need to put other people down to be happy. Do not let other people’s opinion of you affect how you see yourself and stop you from doing what you love. I hope that through this site I will be able to inspire someone, whether that be through fashion or an encouraging voice to a person working towards their goals. Overall, I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve learned throughout the years from style inspiration to life experiences.

If you read to the end, then thank you for reading my first post! I am looking forward to hearing from you, so please let me know if you are enjoying my posts. Suggestions are always welcome!

To anyone that can’t find motivation to start what you’ve always wanted to do, if you wait until you are ready then you will be waiting for the rest of your life.

XOXO,

Thivy Michelle

(Photograph by Denny Nguyen)

121 Comments

  • Reply Foirell February 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Well done on starting your new blog! I started a couple of months ago and have learned so much and networked with lovely bloggers! Looking forward to more posts from you!

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you stopping by and I’ve been learning so much from other bloggers as well 🙂 I’m glad I stumbled across your blog and will be keeping up with it too!

  • Reply Laurie Albanos February 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    You were very brave to share all of this. As a 46-year-old who once felt your despair, I promise that the years to come get much better. Your thirties will bring much more confidence, and your forty-year-old self will want to go back and tell your 20 something self how much you have going for yourself; to stand tall and confident and to never sell yourself short of what you deserve. Hang in there!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much for this. This is exactly what I needed to hear! I can’t wait to see what the future holds 🙂

  • Reply jessica February 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    beautiful vulnerability.

  • Reply Jnellie February 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Amazing post, goodluck on your blog. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and it sure is overwhelming. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your personal life. 🙂 Looking forward to connect with you more.

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you for reading my post Jnellie! I just started and it definitely is a challenge to say the least. Would love to connect with you too!

  • Reply Marla February 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Bravo darling! Moving on and waking up are very powerful times. Best of luck to you!

  • Reply Shelly Keller February 13, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations on starting your new blog. I am new to blogging myself. You seem like a strong, smart woman and I wish you all the luck in your new venture 🙂

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Thank you, that truly means a lot <3 I wish you the best of luck on the success of your blog as well!

  • Reply Monique February 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I bet most people reading this post have been in a very similar position as yours. I think the only way to understand that life gets better is when you simply move on, as you’ve already done. Whenever I look back at all the crazy situations in my own life, I realize that each and every one of those moments made me the powerhouse that I am today.

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      I definitely agree and that’s great to hear! I’m learning so much about myself through this. Thank you <3

  • Reply Danielle February 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I look forwatd to reading more; you are a fantastic writer!

  • Reply Eryn MacGillivray February 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations on your new blog! I just started mine up last week so I know how you’re probably feeling right now! This was super interesting to read I hope things take a turn for the better!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Congratulations, that’s so exciting and thank you for taking the time to read my post. Good luck and I wish you much success on the future of your blog ^_^

  • Reply Traci February 13, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats on starting this exciting journey, Thivy! I would love to hear more from you about your time in New York and what it taught you, and how you reached the decision to leave and move back to FL. It’s always so interesting to hear how other people’s stories unfold. Looking forward to more posts from you! 🙂

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ve been getting this question quite often so I will definitely do a post about it. Stay tuned 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth Sutherland February 13, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Welcome to the blogger-verse! It’s an exciting place to let you simply be YOU! I love your unique name. Congratulations and I wish you much success as you progress with your posts!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you! It definitely is. I’m so excited 🙂

  • Reply Lynn and Justin February 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    New York City is a tough mistress, we definitely understand how you can lose yourself there. But it sounds like you landed on your feet, and you should definitely be proud for overcoming your challenges! Wishing you much continued success 🙂

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      It sure is! Thank you 🙂 Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

  • Reply themrick February 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Way to go, I have a feeling you’re going to love blogging! I think this is the beginning of something great for you. Best wishes!

  • Reply lmendel530 February 16, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Great first official blogpost! I love that you’ve already gotten so many comments from your readers as that’s so often the hardest part! Great start! You’ll do great!

  • Reply Kate February 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Hello!! Great first blog post, looking forward to reading more from you in the future!!

    x Kate
    http://www.thegoldsister.com

  • Reply Julie @ Millennial Boss March 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

    So sorry to hear about your car accident and the things you’ve been through this year personally. You seem like a very strong and thoughtful person and I know you’ll get through this time. Congrats on starting the blog, which I know will grow and do big things this year!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you very much! That means so much and I’m so excited to see where this journey will take me 🙂

  • Reply Jessica F. Walker \\ Millennial Life Skills Coach March 9, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Congratulations on your new venture! Best of luck to you!

  • Reply candy March 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on your first post. Enjoyed reading and yes I read all the way to the end. Just be yourself and all will be great.

  • Reply Style & Life by Susana March 9, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    First of all, I thought I recognised your name 🙂 (all thanks to IG). I really enjoyed your post and my heart went out to you what you have gone through personally. Congrats on your new chapter and wishing you so much love, happiness and luck!! I will come back again to your blog x

    http://www.susanalopessnarey.com/what-im-wearing-today-9/

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Oh, that makes me so happy that someone remembers me! Yes we are insta-friends ^_^ Thank you so much, it means a lot <3 I wish you much success on your blog as well!

  • Reply Crystal Dayton March 15, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I am really excited I am on a journey to actually follow my dreams. Great post.

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 15, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Good luck to you girl! I wish you all the success 🙂

  • Reply Erika March 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I can’t wait to follow along

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 16, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Can’t wait to follow along your blog as well 🙂

  • Reply becca March 16, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Nice blog! Looking forward to reading more posts!

  • Reply Katie March 16, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Lovely first post! I hope everything keeps going up and up for you now! xx

  • Reply Katie March 16, 2017 at 12:53 am

    P.s good luck with your blogging journey.

  • Reply Yolanda March 16, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Congratulations! Your site is looking great.

  • Reply clare March 16, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Great looking website. Hope 2017 is a great year for you 🙂

  • Reply Hot Fit Cookie March 16, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Great first post! Enjoyed reading it.

  • Reply Amy & Tots March 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Such an inspiration. Lovely blog.

  • Reply Sam March 16, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Looking forward to reading more!

  • Reply Ellis Black March 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Congratulation on your new blog!

  • Reply Christine Marie March 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

    You’re site is so cute, I love it!! 🙂

    Xx, Christine

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    Leaving a comment so I can get your posts in my email! Love your blog! 🙂

    Sincerely Miss J
    http://www.sincerelymissj.com

  • Reply Helene March 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Love your site!
    xo, Helene

    http://www.circleskirtsandpetticoats.wordpress.com

  • Reply Stephanie Rose March 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Beautiful post! I hope you are recovering well. <3

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    Cool!

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  • Reply Regina March 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Love those boots in your pic! Best of luck. The blog looks great!

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    Subscribing to your posts!

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    Great looking blog! Wishing you much success and looking forward to following you on your blogging journey 😊.

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    Great blog and good luck with the blogging journey <3

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    Fun post!!!!!!

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    Nice article!

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    Great post & Good luck with your blogging 🙂

  • Reply Zoe March 17, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Xx

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  • Reply Fatima March 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Great post, amazing goal and beautiful words! Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself. I know it can be tough and you may be feel vulnerable, but I guarantee it will be worth it for you. Best wishes!

  • Reply Shobika March 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations on your blog launch!! Just launched mine as well. I love your boots btw xoxo.

  • Reply Jim March 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Great post!

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    Great Blog! Good Luck.

  • Reply Kimberly March 17, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Looking good girl!

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    Great post!

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    Congrats on starting your blog!

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    Congrats on your new bloh launch. xx

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    Love everything about this blog! Congratulations on your blog launch!

  • Reply Sauumye March 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Congratulations on your blog!!!

  • Reply silvia March 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Congratulations on getting started with your blog and on working past some really difficult aspects in your life. Keep it up, thank you for sharing with us!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you Silvia, it’s greatly appreciated! <3

  • Reply Maria DeCotiis March 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations on following your dreams! Looking forward to following you on your journey!

    Maria

  • Reply Andreea March 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats with the new blog, always follow your dreams!!

  • Reply Andreea March 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats with the new blog, always follow your dreams!!

  • Reply Andreea March 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats with the new blog, always follow your dreams ! Amazing

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 11, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Well done on starting a fresh blog. All the best for a happy experience.

  • Reply Bren | A Splash of Cray April 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Congrats on your launch! Just remember, have fun with it!

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