On June 15th, 2013 I came up with the idea of creating a fashion blog for men called The Fashion Jumper. One year ago, on June 15th, 2015, I decided to quit my daily job to dedicate most of my time to my passion: this online blog-magazine for fashion, lifestyle, travel, art & inspiration dedicated not only to men but to young creatives and humans everywhere. It’s been the most rewarding journey I’ve ever been on and I cannot help but see everything in a different light.
Today, I have three reasons to celebrate. My brother was born on this day, 24 years ago. From him, I learned a lot about sharing and not being selfish, always thinking about sharing – we had to when we were kids and we weren’t pleased by it but it helped a lot later on.
Also, today it’s three years since I came up with The Fashion Jumper. And also one year since I started being 100% dedicated to it. So it’s my blog anniversary. So I got three reasons to celebrate. And the best way to celebrate is by being thankful. And I’m thankful for…
Being brave is what it took for me to quit my job, after seven years of doing the same thing and having financial stability. I got the inspiration from Tio, the wonderful human being and creative genius who inspired and worked with me for six months while putting together the ideas that you saw last summer when I “reinvented” this blog. He helped me create and shape my ideas, I learned how to work in a team and how to allow someone else have input in my way of expressing, how to get rid of the control freak. And also, after seeing Tio dealing with some work issues and quitting his job just because that wasn’t his passion anymore, that triggered something and gave me the courage to do the same. So thank you, Tio!
Being true to myself
I learned how to stay true to myself and not surrender to the idea of doing stuff for likes, shares, comments, followers and traffic. Being able to shake someone’s hand, telling them that I am Edi from The Fashion Jumper and feeling that everything that someone could have read on this blog, on my Facebook or my Instagram, that’s me, that is a human being and not just a projection. That is my soul, my passion, my way of communicating and trying to show beautiful things to the world, that’s worth more than being popular. Being true, being honest and not trying to seem cooler, richer, bigger, greater than I am. I am just like everybody else. And for the people to relate and appreciate that is just a bonus of this “job”. And for that, I will thank my longtime soulmate and friend, Andreea. Because, by getting to know a lot of people from a PR perspective with her jobs, she got to know a lot of bloggers and people who played with their projections, she got to know them better face2face and she taught me a lot about how the internet can turn you into something fake. And how your projections can make you lose yourself. Running after numbers, followers, money, success and awards, that makes people go… fake. Thank you, Andreea!
I started doing yoga one year and a half ago. But at the end of January 2016, I started the yoga camp with Adriene (on YouTube) and I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s been five months of waking up at 7-8am and doing yoga. It taught me a lot about discpline, about centering and understanding my energy every morning. It made everything more peaceful and I finally understood why finding peace is so wonderful. And I found out how it feels like not having your thoughts run through your mind at 800km/h and make you feel like you cannot handle them. Thank you, Adriene (even though you won’t read this). And thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey. And thanks to Pema Chodron for writing the book “Living Beautifully”.
Being creative and free
In a world where you have the numbers and the trends that tell you what people prefer to see and “consume” in terms of art expression, fashion, content and all that, it’s hard not to be influenced by them or by other people’s work. Being creative has become a process where you just use a tons of ideas that others are using at the same time or a few hours, minutes, months or days before. So I have a friend that I have endless conversations with over tea about creative minds, self-expression, not regarding the trends and focusing on telling a story. Thank you, George for this one, you keep my young millennial mind focused on creating outside the world.
Being a good person
Well, at the end of the day, it’s all about being a human being, not a human doing. And it’s all about being a good person, helping others and making a change in better, giving positive thoughts and energy to the world. And not placing yourself above anyone else. I learned all that from Cristina. Thank you for showing me that being good is always the way. And also, for discpline and keeping me grounded.
There would be way more people to thank here. And a lot of them who have helped and supported me on this journey. And the lessons I learned from them or by interacting with them are priceless and I cherish every single one of them. This is just the beginning, there’s a lot more to learn, to enjoy and to share with others. Thank you, Cristina!
Sweater from Diana Flore’s new collection – shop here!
Shorts from Constantine/ Renakossy
Photo by Edi Enache, The Fashion Jumper
Photo assistant: Liviu Ardelean
And thank you to every single person reading this. There’s a special thank you to every single one of you, taking the time to enter my world.