if you follow me on social media you will have already picked up your copy of april’s flare magazine. there you would have seen me grace the cover with four other super cute girls who all happen to be either bloggers, youtube stars or are instagram famous, for some of them even all of the above. you would have seen the fun that ensued during the toronto shoot along with my journey to get there on snapchat (@ania_boniecka) and had a peek behind the scenes on my instagram (@aniab). i wish that i could tell you how easy it was and how success just came overnight. i really can’t because despite this incredible and amazing milestone i STILL think that i have to work harder and that success is still something to look forward to instead of something i have already achieved. i won’t get into the semantics of said statement because this isn’t that kind of post and i will have another chance to tell you all about it soon. for now i want to bask in the excitement of this really great moment, pat myself on the back and share it with all of you.

i have been blogging for six years now and the journey has been incredible. i see the industry change and grow alongside the site, i see myself change and grow and through all this feel so lucky to be able to do what i love. who knew that an obsession of sharing photos on social networks would lead me to getting my first professional camera, quitting my ‘real’ job, meeting (+ marrying) an inspiring and talented photographer and travelling the world, all so that i can share it with you, it’s like going full circle, but into an alternate universe.

FLARE DYPTIQUEsome of you may wonder more about the shoot and how it came about. well, after the success of the first joe fresh x flare capsule collection last season the brands decided to join forces again, this time with a fun cover story, inviting all of us to join the fun and naturally do what we do best, document it. i got the e-mail early in the year and after shrieking at the computer screen with enthusiasm i quickly jumped on board. i have a really long history with the magazine that spans all the way back to my modelling days when i shot editorial stories with established photographers and artists, doe eyed never thinking that creative jobs like these could become a reality. back in 2011 i was featured in the she’s got flare column. i remember planning my outfit, feeling so nervous about one of my first printed features. i don’t even remember if i was taking blogging seriously back then, i know for a fact nobody in canada really was. then in 2014 i joined the flare team as the calgary localist and have been contributing to the magazine in different capacities ever since….

This is an excerpt from the article My FLARE Cover Story which originally appeared on http://aniab.net/.