after meeting lindsay on instagram and inspired by her positive attitude and love for all things buffalo, i thought it would be fun to reach out to hear her story. she’s the kind of woman who has her finger on the pulse of local happenings and the creative community. i had the opportunity to visit her studio, where she works on her blog, hosts events, and has a setup for photography. we became friends quick... lindsay is a fun-loving, hard-working badass who is an advocate for building up the buffalo community.
what is the biggest challenge or opportunity you’ve faced and how did it shape who you are?
the biggest opportunity that i’ve faced would have to be starting my blog! almost five years ago i had a job that i wasn’t happy with, i didn’t have any hobbies that i enjoyed, and i was feeling really down about myself and life in general. i realized that if i didn’t change something, i would keep falling into a depression spiral. i did some soul searching and tried to think about what i really liked doing. at that point i was reading a lot of blogs and had always kept an online journal. so, i decided to go for it and start a blog of my own!
that decision was the catalyst that completely changed my life.
when i started blogging, i was posting five times a week, which forced me to get my creative juices flowing and create a lot of content. i started off by posting a lot of fashion-related things, but eventually my focus shifted. as i began attending more local events and networking with people in western new york, i realized that my true passion was writing about buffalo and everything in it—the people, the places, the food, the events, the businesses...
this city is SO special and has an incredible heartbeat. i feel that it is my duty to spread the word about all of the amazing things that are happening here. i love to showcase small businesses and the people who work so hard to make a living and are passionate about what they are doing. i love to photograph all of the beautiful public art that has been popping up like wildflowers around the city. i love to network with others who, like myself, have a love for blogging and social media. this lead me to start the buffalo blogging network in july 2016. this blog has forced me to majorly step out of my comfort zone, and that’s one of the things that i am most grateful for. i have met some of my closest friends through the blogging scene. sure, there are a lot of challenges that come with not only working full-time, but also running my own blog/business and the buffalo blogging network, but it has brought me so much joy that i wouldn’t have it any other way.
what’s one word, thought, or philosophy that you live by?
you can never be overdressed or overeducated.
i pretty much live by this philosophy. i’m not going to lie. i really love getting dressed up. a lot. don’t get me wrong—i love jeans and tees, but if there is an opportunity to look fancy, i’m going all out. people may think i’m overdressed, but you know what?—it makes me feel amazing and really comfortable in my own skin. many people may think this is not necessary, but it makes me feel good and so much more confident. why rob myself of that feeling?
i also enjoy learning as much as possible, especially about my craft. social media is ever-changing, and like to stay up to date—especially because i want to keep up! i want to start dabbling with video, which will be a lot of work, but i’m excited about it. never stop educating yourself… that’s when you become stagnant. i’ve been stagnant before and i never want to go back to that.
who is an amazing woman that we should know about?
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