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Why I’m Finally Starting a Blog and Why I’m Scared to Admit it

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Fling the Victoria’s Secret Panties, Even if someone is watching.

When I first sat down to come up with the name of a blog, I racked my brain for hours, which turned into weeks, and quickly into months. It’s such a terrible excuse as to why it’s taken me so long to finally start this process. To me, nailing down the right and available blog name was a critical step in my journey that I wasn’t willing to skip over for the time being to get started on the rest. While it is important, looking back it was an excuse for me to keep living life as is, not taking that next step out of fear of judgement or criticism.

I am the first to admit that I am way too observant of others feelings and opinions about me. While being observant of others emotions is important for compassion and understanding, focusing on it too much can immensely hinder someone’s success. My journey of caring less about the opinion of others, and more about the opinions from within officially starts now.

When we were in about sixth grade we started to get curious about different types of undergarments. Okay, I’ll say it, we wanted to start wearing thongs, even though we were still far too young. On the weekends our parents would drop us off at Ridgedale mall and with ice-cream in hand we would giggle and enter the infamous Victoria’s Secret to poke and prod the lingerie and underwear we wished we wore.

Wait, rewind.

My friends would giggle and enter Victoria’s Secret, while I stubbornly waited outside the store front for them. I wanted to go in, so why didn’t I? Because I was concerned that the staff would judge me for entering a store for grown women, when we were still kids. Luckily, my friends weren’t too hard on me, they just laughed back at me and said fine, wait here while we go have fun.

Now I look back and think about how incredibly stupid that was. I missed out on that opportunity to make memories with my friends because I was scared. Scared of what?

Isn’t it funny how those small characteristics of us as kids translate into real-life things as adults? Here I am, motivated, full of ideas and creativity, wanting to do something with them, but I’m too scared.

Can you think of anything like this from when you were a kid? I don’t know, maybe you were the girl that strutted into Victoria’s Secret, and flicked the little panties from your finger like a slingshot. I’m envious of that confidence.

When it came to finally starting this blog, I realized, I don’t have anything to lose. I don’t have any expectations for this. The plan is to simply take it one day at a time. Mold it into something, find my niche. That’s it, so I stuck to my guns with finding a name and I finally got it, next the website built, and now plenty of more work to do. No more excuses!

Works of E.

Works of E first came to me because I have always considered myself a worker bee. I don’t like to be stagnant. I always need to be working on something. My artwork is a working process, our home is a work in progress, my body is a work in progress, my marriage and relationship with Christ are a work in progress. Most importantly, I am a work in progress!

Here are some Topics I will talk about on this journey:

Beauty Treatments
Personal Challenges
Real Estate
Home Design
Topics For Him (Maybe we will call this Works of G!)

Okay, so here’s me proudly marching into the Victoria’s Secret and flinging the panties!

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. This is so beautiful Em! I’m so happy you are doing this, you have so much to share!

  2. Em, I love this!

    I’ve worked on multiple different websites, nearly completed them, then I sit on them. All because I’m scared… Ever since I was a kid (same with being scared of VS btw) I’ve worried about what other people think, but it’s like you said, scared of what?! Thank you for a little bit of a push and inspiration after reading this 🙂

    You’re so creative and I’m excited for what’s to come!

    – Tiff

  3. Wow Emily!
    YOU GO GIRL! Although life is sometimes “One step forward and two steps back” I’m so proud that you are following your passions and moving forward more than 2 steps! More like two leaps!
    I am so very proud of you! Love you! Mom

  4. So excited for you!!! GO EM GO!

    Cannot wait to read up on all things Stiemsma! It’s going to be amazing. Just look at all the support you’ve gotten thus far. Hopefully the good continue to out weigh the bad, or better, the bad never exist. Never let ANY ONE dull your flame girlfriend.

  5. This is so good! I’m a total empath too! It is draining to constantly share the emotions with those around you. Also, I was always the same girl who wouldn’t buy the thongs or even look at them because I knew my mom did laundry and then she would know! 🤦🏼‍♀️😂 hahaha. I can so relate to this! Can’t wait to read more from you! Also, I really love your beautiful artwork and your fashion. ❤️ You go girl!

  6. Em, love that you are blogging. Can’t wait to keep up with your post. I remember the day that we all went into Vickie’s without you and look at where you are now! Glad you’re taking the plunge, you’re so amazing at everything you do. Love you to death girl!!

    Ps. Nicks ice cream was the best 😉

    1. The worst part about that story is that the ice cream isn’t even a possibility anymore. Love you!!

  7. Not going to lie I’m most excited about the fashion part!!! Yay! I’m so glad you did this tho! I love your Instagram and such but this is such a more personable look into that. And you’re a great writer. I felt like it was you talking to me! Also post when you feel like it! Never feel obligated to do it every day because that can get draining as well!


    1. Yay! Glad to hear you are excited for what’s to come 😋 don’t worry I totally don’t have the ability to blog once a day, that would totally be overwhelming!

  8. Girl, I’m so proudof you and look forward to reading and learning from you! Blessing from me xoxo nat

  9. Emily,

    I know we never shared more than a passing glance in the halls during high school, but I just wanted to say a few things:

    I am so inspired by all the work you’ve been doing artistically and all the will-power you’ve put into creating your brand. You are such a dedicated woman and I admire that so much.

    It is so great that you are branching out into blogging! I am so excited to keep up with your future posts. I know the effort that goes into blogging can be overwhelming, but your determination in all you do is truly resounding. I already know this blog will be a wonderful outlet for you.

    Keep up the great work and the creativity will continue to flow!

    Stephanie Dixon

    1. Stephanie, thank you for such kinda words! It is incredibly fun to see the beautiful, confident woman you have grown into as well. It sounds like you might have some experience in this blogging world as you are incredibly well-spoken. I appreciate you sharing with me 🙂

      Best, Emily

  10. Go for it Emily! I love that you’re doing this and know you will be fantastic at it! Blog on…I can’t wait to read!!!!! xo

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