Finding What Moves You

The last post I did of this nature was back in July 2016 so I thought a refresh on why I blog was in order. Lately I’ve had a new perspective on it and I wanted to share because I feel like this applies to everyone. If you’re interested in a post that’s a bit more personal and maybe are looking for your own inspiration, please read on.

As it turns out,  I don’t love blogging for blogging’s sake, per say. I started this blog 3 and a half years ago because at the time I needed a creative outlet, as most bloggers will say, but what I didn’t realize until recently was that blogging itself was a means to an end, the conduit to which I found creative fulfillment and was able to play in the mediums that moved me the most. I have loved 3 things as long as I can remember: fashion, photography, and writing, and what better way to incorporate all 3 than to start a blog.

Most bloggers will say to not start a blog if you aren’t trying to help someone in some way, because you will burn yourself out with the never ending rat race, and this is true. I love hearing from my readers and hearing that they loved something I was wearing, or a product I reviewed was just what they were looking for, but all of that is secondary to the creative process behind a published post. In all honesty, whether the articles you read or the products you see in this blogging space help you or not, the day I lose my creative drive is the day this blog ends. That is the point in everything we do is it not? If it doesn’t feed you, it will show, it will be a chore, and it will eventually suck the life out of you, and I just refuse to let my beloved blog baby do that me. I won’t get to a place where I’m creating content solely for you, my dear reader, because the root and soul of this blog is to feed the fire inside of myself.

As I write this post, I can feel that sensation of, anticipation maybe? Where you feel something good pouring out of you, which tells me I’m feeding one of my creative needs. When I shoot photos for a post, especially others, I feel more in control, more sure of myself, and when I put together that perfect seasonal look I get that boost of confidence every woman knows and loves. This is really why I blog, to feel those sensations that let me know I’m meeting a creative need, and when I post this I hope and pray it helps, enlightens or inspires you in some way. I think so many people get caught up in service and helping others, which is very fulfilling and important as well, but don’t let that be your only motivation to do anything in your life. Helping you, the reader, is a fortunate bi-product of my passions coming to life, which I think makes it even more special. If helping others is what gives you that personal fulfillment then you found one of your callings, if not, it will drain you. Find the thing that fills you up because whenever you create something from a place of passion and inspiration, you are giving something to the world that will inevitably help others.

Lately, photography and writing have taken up first and second place on my inspiration podium. I can’t tell you how easily this article flowed from me and how good that feels because when that happens I know I’m providing you with something of value and that can (hopefully) be useful. I recently wrote an article for a fashion magazine that also flowed from me and is some of my best work. The same goes for photography. I’ve been a freelance photographer for about 8 years now and I can’t tell you how satisfying it is when one of my photos sells, is reposted by a brand, or when I’m doing an editorial or lifestyle shoot and know exactly what direction to give and how to style it. Combining these passions into this blog is the truest and most fulfilling culmination of me as a creative and inspired individual. I hope and pray that comes across as you read through these digital pages, and I hope that through my passion you find something you need as well.

If you are interested in reading my initial “Why I Blog” post with even more personal stories and points that still apply, you can read that here.

Below I pulled together a few lists of things I’m loving that help me get to that creative space or just inspire me in some way.

Music

Sit Next To me – Foster the People

Sweet Harmony – Zash

Pretty much anything AC/DC

Fashion

Anything in this color or this color

Mixing textures

2 favorite things on my Wish List right now are these shoes and this bag

Photography Muses

Edie Sedgwick – her story and photos intrigue and inspire me

Kristy Mitchell – her Wonderland Collection (and the story behind it) is beyond moving and inspirational

Sam Landreth – my local photographer inspiration (can #PHCF -Photographer Crush Friday- become a thing??)

Books

Currently reading: Me before You by Jojo Moyes

Up next: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

In the queue: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Food

Soups and stews for fall comfort food

Dark chocolate

Yes, those seasonal Starbucks drinks (albeit with half as much sugar/flavoring as their recipes call for…)

**If you feel inspired to leave a comment about what feeds you or just your thoughts, please do so, I read them all and I’d love to hear what you have to say**

And on another note…

THANK YOU to Brittany of The B-List Blog for nominating me for a Blogger Recognition Award. If you follow along with either of us you may already know she is one of my best friends and we met through blogging. I love that girl to the moon and if you would like to check out her blog leave her a comment and let her know I sent ya.

These were my instructions as a nominee:

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers to nominate.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Now, this post is getting a bit on the long side, so in the interest of keeping this from turning into a whole other blog post, I’m going to count the first 3 points as complete and give my 2 pieces of advice:

1- Technically this post was a piece of advice – to blog for you and to feed your passions and creative side. Helping others is important but it should be a bi-product of sharing what inspires and motivates you.

2- Stay focused on what you bring to the table. It’s so easy to compare your growth rate, your brand partnerships, your style and editing choices, your writing and everything else. The point is to learn from these people so you can grow and provide better content. No one else is serving up exactly what you are, so stay focused and remember any comparison your try and make is always apples and oranges.

3- I have to give a third because, well, I want to and I don’t care about the rules haha. Always remember to show your readers love. They are amazing people who value the content you are creating from your heart and soul and you wouldn’t get anywhere without them. Treat them like the virtual BFF’s they are!

My nominees are:

  1. Sea of Shoes
  2. The P-Town Girls
  3. Pink Peonies
  4. Chronicles of Frivolity
  5. Styled Portland
  6. Wendy’s Lookbook
  7. Brooklyn Blonde
  8. Jet Set Lust
  9. Wander With Love
  10. The Moptop
  11. Daily Kongfidence
  12. Sky Naite
  13. Icing and Glitter
  14. Oh-So Lovely Life
  15. Nothing Needs To Be Done

Love you all,

~Rach

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5 Comments

  • Reply Christine Kong

    I love reading about why you started and what drives you. I definitely agree that blogging is a creative outlet but also lets you combine so many facets of your passions into one way. I too love food, fashion, travel and photography and capturing things in a different way. I think it’s amazing to see the talent out there through social media. You are inspiring and continue to live your passions! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    October 11, 2017 at 8:38 am
    • Reply Rachel Cossette

      Ok girl I’m geeking out a little you commented- I love your blog! Thank you so much and here’s to creating more beautiful and inspired content!

      October 11, 2017 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Serene

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and advice! This post came at the perfect timing in my path right now. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Xo,
    Serene
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    October 11, 2017 at 11:59 am
    • Reply Rachel Cossette

      I’m so glad it resonated with you! These are the things I think a lot of creators, especially woman, forget when trying to bring useful content to their readers.

      October 12, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Brittany Daoud

    Aww I love you more than the sun loves the sky boo 😘 You are seriously one of the best writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and I cherish our friendship so much!! ❤️
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    October 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm
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