Melissa Watkins of FABGLANCE

MY STYLE: Staying Happy During Hard Times

Hey guys, this post is going to be stylishly personal. As a fashion blogger, or a blogger in general, we are often not allowed to ‘keep it real’. We are required to give you the details on what we are wearing, what we are doing, and what we are presenting. So it’s easy to forget that your favorite blogger has a real life outside of their instagram timeline or blog space. Many times, we are dealing with depression, failures, and family issues. So, how does a blogger, or just a regular person, stay happy through hard times?

THE LOOK: Dress – Target, Shirt – Walmart, Belt – Vintage, and Clutch – Violet Flower Boutique

Every since I quit my job, life ain’t been no crystal stair. Believe me, I’ve contemplated going back to my old gig, just for the health insurance alone! But something in me keeps pushing me to move forward. My belief in God, my tribe of family & friends, and of course, YOU my readers, make me work harder than I’ve worked before. Do my bank accounts look sad? YES! Do I hate answering the, “well what do you do?” questions? YES! And, do I hate waking up confused about my next move (more often than I’d care to admit)? YES! So, you can believe I’ve had my bouts of depression, anxiety, and general sadness.

Building an empire can be a hard and lonely journey. I strive to stay in a happy place when it seems like hard times keep coming upon me like waves. How do I do it? Well, I like to think about how far I’ve come. I remember when this little blog was just an idea. Now, I can say I’ve partnered with national brands and shared my style with millions of viewers.  I’ve been invited to events that I once dreamed about. And, I’ve encouraged so many others to get into the blogging game. I’ve done pretty good for myself, and I have even more to be accomplished.


I look to the hills! Where will I find help? 
It will come from the Lord, who created the heavens and the earth.

The scripture, above, is one I’ve been leaning on during this time of transition. I advise you to find a scripture (or quote) to help you manage you feelings and keep the faith when times are hard. Please believe, challenges aren’t created to kill you, but only make you stronger. Lastly, everyone goes through something. If you are alive, you are gonna go through a tough time. Let the feelings wash over you, then find your tribe, your quote, and lean on your past accomplishments to push you forward. Please believe, WE GOT THIS!

Photos by D. Brown Photography

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