Growing up everyone always tells you to find your passion but no one tells you how hard it might be. Finding my passion was something I struggled with for years. I never thought that starting a dog Instagram would be my key to success. Sharing my life on social media helped me find my passion, myself, and a new career. My name is Bailey and my French Bulldog's name is Hudson.
I am 23 years old and Hudson is four. I grew up in Calabasas, CA. Growing up we had a pet squirrel, horses, dogs, cats, and so many other animals. I knew when I went to college I was ready to get my own animal and that's when I got Hudson. We started sharing our life on social media a few years ago and since then our lives have changed in more ways than I can explain. My Instagram @thelilacfrenchie is where it all started.
Growing up I always thought my passion was working with kids. I became a preschool teacher but I found myself never fully satisfied. I felt like I was burning out and I was only 23. Everyone kept telling me to find my passion but I didn't know how. I slowly began to realize even though I loved kids it wasn't my passion. I knew it was time to walk away, it was terrifying. A few years ago I believed I would be a teacher my whole life. To step out of my comfort zone and find my true passion was scary. Instagram gave me a place to be myself, find my confidence, and be creative. It was exciting and challenging but I never thought I could do it as my full-time job. I found myself spending all my free time creating content and sharing our life. I would occasionally get brand deals and I learned a lot with each deal.
When I left my teaching job I knew I wanted to give myself time to think about what I wanted. I was traveling for the next few months and decided to focus on my Instagram full time while I was gone. All of a sudden everything started falling into place. I became more confident in myself and who I was. I started to learn my passion to create content, work on brand deals, negotiation and so much more. Doors started to open in new ways I never knew they could: brand deals, photoshoot opportunities, partnerships, social media jobs. It started to become consistent and I realized I could pursue my dreams on social media. There's a lot that goes into running a social media page. I work a lot more than I did when I had a 9-5 but I am extremely happy with a decision to step into the unknown and allow myself the opportunity to find my passion. I know this is just a step towards new opportunities and new goals. I want to start my own business and want to continue to grow every day as I pursue my passion and my dreams.
I find myself waking up every day happy and excited for the next step. I never thought my dog's Instagram would change my life in so many amazing ways but I am so happy to be where I am today and can't wait to see what's coming next.