How I’ve become a fulltime blogger

Etsy resolution

A few weeks ago I’ve introduced you guys to Etsy.com. Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. As part of their program called Etsy Resolution, Etsy asked me to share my story on how I’ve become an entrepreneur myself. I was super excited to do so. I mean, after 4 years of Instagramming, 3 years of blogging and about a year of being a so-called fulltime blogger, it’s about time to look back on how I’ve got here.

Well, it all started with me being in the situation of graduating as a Master’s student in Corporate and Commercial law. It always was my dream to get to this point and being able to put my knowledge into practice as an associate at a big, corporate law firm. But guess what, when I was almost there, I was in desperate doubt whether this was the career path I really wanted to follow. I liked everything law related, but I also knew that I had other passions in life. Passions that came way more natural and were quite disturbing me from getting myself that job at a big firm.

All these fundamental doubts about my life and future career took its toll on me. As a sufferer from anorexia nervosa from the age of 14, a tremendous breakdown in this eating disorder was about to hit me hard. I went down to my lowest weight, ending up being forced into hospital with severe depression and a life-threatening physical condition. Looking back on this part of my life, makes me very sad. I’ve had so much in life to live for, though I couldn’t see and I couldn’t make a U-turn. It was a very deep, dark situation I was into at the time. I remember I lived by the day, fighting hard against depression and anorexia, while at the same time being sick and tired of my life. At that point, when questioning life in all its aspects, I’ve had quite some time to think about things you know. I thought about what I really loved in life. For me that was fashion, especially expressing myself through clothing. Even in the darkest days, my eye for fashion and trends was there. Instagram was the platform that caught my attention the most. I remember I’ve started sharing street style outfits that inspired me. That was where it all started I guess, down there in my hospital bed. Although I was too ill, insecure and vulnerable to wear all these looks myself, I still wanted to put it out there and inspire others. As the months went by, my thoughts on what I wanted to do in life became clearer every day. I’ve started my blog, showed my first selfie on Instagram and started sharing little bits of what I was wearing. 4 years later and I am where I am right now. Still reading fashion magazines, scrolling through Instagram, reading other blogs and always eyeing for new trends. Yet so much stronger as a person.

While spending much time on the improvement of my blog and social media, my content got more professional and I started gaining more and more followers. Brands started noticing my existence. At first, I remember getting e-mails and DMs with them offering me barter deals (i.e., a free product for publicity). But as you might understand, you cannot pay your bills with clothing. I remember that many companies didn’t understand that at the time. However, times are changing and brands are slowly understanding that our work as bloggers is highly important for them and that we put a lot of time and effort in our work. My own understanding that I am worth more than a free T-shirt, also took some time. But with over 100K followers on Instagram, I think I am quite there and I can honestly say I’m worth it! And I’m oh-so excited to continue my career as a blogger with you guys on my side. 

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Now I’ve shared my story on how I’ve turned my blog into a fulltime job, I’d love to hear from you guys! Do you have any dreams of becoming an entrepreneur yourself? Do you already have a big passion; something that you’re able to turn into a business? Like making your own jewelry, creating your own stationery or selling customized mugs or other goods? It could also be an online service, like creating and selling WordPress templates, business logos or other online designs. I’d love to hear your story! And I hope I’ve inspired and encouraged you guys to believe in yourself to turn your passion into a living.

let me know!

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This post is created in collaboration with Etsy as part of their Etsy Resolution campaign. Etsy Resolution is a step by step guide to opening your Etsy shop, mentored by top Etsy sellers from around the world. The program is designed help you flex your creative muscles and find the confidence to launch your online business. It aims to give you all the tools you need to start your thriving creative business on Etsy. So what are you waiting for? Will 2017 be your year?
xoxo Frederique
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My name is Frederique and I run this personal style blog. After graduating from law school in April 2014 – University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), exchange: Uppsala (Sweden) and UC Berkeley (USA) – I built FAB le Frique from scratch and decided to spread my lifelong interest in fashion and lifestyle with the world (wide web). Taking a leap of faith, making a career transition, leaving a known and charted career path is scary. But if the only actual obstacle blocking me from doing what I’m truly passionate about is ‘fear’, I hereby conquer my fears and go forward with my passion.

  • Carmen Mattijssen

    Wauw, zo moedig en mooi dat je dit op je blog deelt! Je mag heeeel trots op jezelf zijn. X

  • wendy

    Heel mooi geschreven babe! Je kan trots op jezelf zijn <3

    XxX
    http://www.wendyvansoest.com

  • Violette

    That’s super nice! You can so proud of you! I wish all the best in blogging!

    http://violettedaily.com

  • You are such a strong woman!! And yes you can be so super proud of yourself!! Good luck babe!! Big Xx from the States, Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  • You are such an inspiration Frederique! Yes I agree we bloggers are writers, photographers, artists, publicists, and so much more and like you I’m so grateful for the projects that I have been involved in the last year. I love your style and your blog is beautiful, and I can see only great things coming your way this year. Wishing you all the best in 2017! Keep up the good work gorgeous 🙂 xo~ Lena
    http://www.thewanderliste.com

    • Aaaaw Lena, you’re the sweetest, thanks! I’ll keep going! Wishing you a happy friday! x

  • You are such an inspiration and so beautiful inside and out! Keep putting yourself out there and inspiring!

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

  • These words are so inspiring and show us how strong you are!!
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

    • Thank you Chiara, makes my day to read your words!

  • I came here from IG and I just wanted to read about your story! This is really inspiring and you deserve all the best girl <3

    Stacey + thebambieyes.com

    • Oh that’s so sweet of you, Stacey! 🙂 Wishing you a happy weekend!

  • Your blog and content is amazing! I can see how it evolved into being full time for you. Congrats!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • You are so inspiring, amazing story and gorgeous blog!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk