My Journey So Far And What's To Come

Hello Friends!

It's been a while since I have sat down and written a chatty blog post, so I thought it might be nice to catch everyone up on what's going on in my life. There are a few upcoming projects and exciting changes I would love to tell you about...

It is already the second semester and the last few months have flown by. It feels like just yesterday that I started working on my project. In the past 5 months, I have accomplished more then I ever thought was possible.

My journey began with a blog. Through the Odyssey Scholars Program I was able to create and publish my very own website, EM, emmamannal.com. I worked for hours on end to develop my blog, making sure every page was up to par. I had a few set backs; learning to design your own web page is one tricky task. It involved many steps, and took weeks to perfect.

Choosing the right platform was difficult, but I opted for Squarespace because I was familiar with the system. I then had to purchase a domain name, and get the site up and running.

Customizing my site was just half of it. Hours were spent picking fonts, selecting color palettes, and developing my layout. I discovered that I love a streamline look. I wanted viewers to be able to easily access posts, in various genres, from the site's homepage; so a scrolling homepage was a must for me.

I then shifted over to creating and producing content for the site. This process involved writing, editing, and producing 15 blog posts. First, I decided on the topic, wrote, and edited the post. Each post included aesthetically pleasing photographs. I shot and edited every photo, always keeping in mind my color scheme.

I also created social media accounts that aligned with my blog's vision and brand.

Now, I am moving on to a new and exciting project.

I will maintain consistency on my blog by posting weekly, however, in addition to my blog and social media presence, I will also focus on creating, designing, and manufacturing my very own clothing line.

Currently, I am in the design phase; selecting colors and developing a mood board for my collection. From there, I will sketch out my final designs and pinpoint exactly what I want to create. 

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to manufacture and produce my clothing collection, but even more over the moon that it will be produced in the USA, as sustainability and ethical working conditions are a top priority for me. 

My friend, and fellow Odyssey Scholar, Jake Blanchfield, is experienced in the world of e-commerce and has assisted me in establishing a thorough business plan. 

As of right now, I am looking forward to the future, and excited for the wonderful opportunities ahead of me. Wish me luck on my most recent endeavor!

XOX,

Emma

Emma Mannal