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Conversations with the Inspiring Toni Oliveira

Today we’d like to introduce you to Toni Oliveira.

Toni, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and blogging. I feel that writing has been the best way for me to sort out what is going on in my head and heart. I made my first blog when I was a freshman in college before blogging was what it has become now. I primarily wrote just to share and reflect on the life changes I was experiencing at the time and shared them in hopes that many readers could identify with what I was going through.

I continued to blog as I went through college, sharing the ups and downs of pursuing an education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound). Now that I am a working sonographer, I enjoy using my blog to talk about my experiences with sonography programs, board exams, jobs and the medical field as a whole. Though a lot of my current following is for sonography-related content, I still write for the same reason I started 6 years ago: to share life with people!

Through blogging, I hope to always share honest, realistic and relatable content for the people reading. My life is far from perfect and hopes that is something encouraging for people to see through my little corner of the internet!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There was a period of time where I started to get really discouraged by social media. I remember wanting to transition from my blog posts being solely about personal growth to being more about a lifestyle, traveling, my career, etc. But I felt like I couldn’t come close to creating the content that it takes to become a successful blogger. I felt like I was always comparing myself to people who blogged for a living. Social media was becoming way more than apps to me at this point; it became the standard by which I compared my success.

This time period really caused me to pull back from my phone for awhile. It was important for me to realize that my worth is found in God my savior, not in my success, not in these apps.

If I could give advice to any young women who are just starting their journey in blogging, I would say to stay true to yourself. If you are like me, and you enjoy blogging just for fun, don’t get caught up in the algorithms, the success, etc. Don’t compare yourself to ‘real’ bloggers if you’re just doing it for pleasure! Write about what you love and what YOU as a reader wish you saw more of on the internet – whether that means faith, life, style, career, whatever! Stay true to your passions. If you’re approached to collaborate with a brand, make sure it’s within your realm of interest and the theme of your blog. Be authentic in your collabs and choose to work with brands that you really DO love; don’t just promote any/every brand that approaches you. Who likes a feed full of ads anyway!?

what should we know about Blogger – What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Although I love blogging on the side, I love my real job even more! I am a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. I perform all different types of general, obstetric, gynecological and vascular ultrasounds. I share a lot about this on my blog! I think what I’m most proud of in my career is that I am, essentially, a tool for diagnosing my patient. My eyes, my images, my findings, in combination with the knowledge of a radiologist, helps bring an incredible amount of information about the patient’s health. I really pride myself in knowing that my role in the medical field truly does make a difference in my patient’s lives – and THAT alone, gives me a huge sense of purpose!

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mom has been the biggest source of inspiration for me. I strive to be just the woman she is in every area of life! She has overcome so many obstacles and has always done it with so much grace. Anytime she faces adversities, she keeps her faith in the Lord. She is the most giving, selfless, supportive mother. Her relationship with my dad is what I strive to model with my fiancé for our children one day. The way she lives inspires me to go after my dreams, while always finding ways to serve and love those around me.

My sister is another woman in my life who I am constantly inspired by. She, too, has worked incredibly hard to build a beautiful life for her family. She is always investing time and love into her children and our whole family. She is strong but sensitive to the needs around her. She is so quick to give her time, efforts and talents to serve those around her. She is reliable and loyal. She inspires me to be selfless with my time and live in a way that puts the needs of others before my own.

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Savannah Hanson Photography

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