Today I uploaded my last video on Youtube and announced that I’m launching this website. I pictured myself filming this for so long and I can’t believe I did it! It was definitely a risky and overwhelming move, but I feel like 100,000 pounds has been lifted off of my shoulders.
I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of the love and support in the comments on that video. When I was uploading it, I felt like no one would really care, but to see so many of you in the comments being so upset yet supportive was so comforting. To know that I really connected with some of you, have grown up with some of you, and have had an impact on some of you is so incredibly special to me. You have seen most of my teenage years and have witnessed all of the ups and downs that came with. My 14 year old self that started “SweetBeautyX” in April 2010 would be completely shocked by what YouTube did for me. I had absolutely no idea it would become what it did. The people I met, the opportunities I experienced, the places i traveled and the way it shaped me into who I am were never expected from this at all, but I am so thankful.
Some things just aren’t meant to last forever. Change is healthy and necessary. Stepping out of your comfort zone is essential for growth. Letting go of something that doesn’t feel right or feels toxic is only right. I apologize for how long I distanced myself and still uploaded even when I didn’t really want to. I just wasn’t ready! I had to figure myself out so that my next step would be in the right direction, and it could be something that is authentic to me.
I honestly don’t feel like a failure, a quitter, or anything like that. I feel more proud of myself than I ever have. Thank you for understanding and I hope this website can bring us even closer. This site is just a more mature, grown up, personal version of my YouTube channel and I’m so proud of it.
Since I don’t have comments available at this time (not sure if I’ll eventually want to change that), I plan to use my Twitter and Instagram more for connecting. The “Heart to Heart” section of this site is also a place where you can come to me to talk about anything, or just stop by to say hi. I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to tweet @ me, or write to me in the ask box on here. Be sure to Subscribe to get weekly emails on new posts and follow my SnapChat (emilyjunio) to keep up with my day to day life.
THANK YOU TIMES A MILLION! THIS IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN!