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Meet Paige Delaney of Paige Mariah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Delaney.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Paige. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always been inspired to create. Growing up, I couldn’t draw or play an instrument, but I’ve always felt like I had something special to share with the world. Luckily, in high school, I discovered the beautiful art of blogging and YouTube.

The summer before I entered Hampton University, I was among more than 3,000 applicants for Seventeen Magazine’s Freshman 15 program and was chosen to blog and vlog about my freshman year experiences. After receiving great feedback and dozens of emails from high school students inspired by my posts on Seventeen.com, I grew passionate about sharing what I’ve learned. This resulted in the creation of my personal blog, PaigeMariah.com, where I discussed my thrifty personal style, provide college/career advice and share tips about traveling on a budget. After making a complete lifestyle change and losing nearly 40 pounds at the beginning of 2017, I have now put focus into my YouTube channel where I share my thoughts on weight loss and on how to embrace fitness and transition to a healthier lifestyle.

My channel has grown from 500 subscribers in January 2018 to a community of nearly 60,000. My online presence has allowed me to participate in panels, be interviewed by publications and has connected me with people from all over the world. I love that I always have the opportunity to be creative with my content and learn something new every day.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have definitely been struggles along the way. There are times when I’m so tired from my 9-5, that I really have to push myself to film a video or make a post. There have been times that I’ve spent hours editing a video that I was super excited about, only for it to not receive that many views. However, I know that I love creating online content more than anything and that’s what will always keep me going.

Paige Mariah – what else should we know? 
I have a self-titled YouTube channel and blog where I share my thrifty personal style, provide weight loss and fitness advice and share tips about traveling on a budget. I am excited that my content continues to grow as I grow. My love of fitness and good nutrition came into my life unexpectedly and I was able to fit that into the content that I was already creating and begin sharing a beautiful journey with the world.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is knowing that I gave my all. No matter what the end result is, I am content in knowing that I tried. Throughout my life, I have found myself to be pretty risk-averse and it has caused me to miss out on more opportunities than I’ve like to admit. However, over the last year or so, I have been taking more chances and tried to stop always waiting for the “perfect moment” because that moment doesn’t really exist. The time is now.

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2 Comments

  1. Melanie G

    December 11, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Love it!!!!!!!!!

  2. Marcia Rogers

    February 6, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Paige, I am proud of you.

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