I had a moment last week were I felt like the universe gave me a pat on the back, a ‘yes you’ve been working hard, here’s your reward’ kind of thing. I felt for the first time in a long time that everything was slowly starting to fall into place, leaving me breathing a sigh of relief and thinking – OK, I must be doing something right?!
In a profession where there’s no pay rises or promotions, it can sometimes be really hard to track your progress. Blogging has its ups and downs and often I become riddled with anxiety and self doubt thinking ‘Am I good enough?’ ‘Does anyone care what I think?’ These thoughts cross my mind daily and yet all it takes is one thing to get me back on track. Whether it’s simply a comment from a reader or follower saying that they’ve enjoyed my post (every comment you guys leave really does mean the world to me) or a brand wanting to work with me. These, along with my genuine passion for blogging are the things that get me back on track and make me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile.
A few weeks ago for instance I got myself in a bit of a rut. I did that dreadful thing and started to compare myself to others. Warning – this will NEVER have a positive outcome! I spent hours scrolling through Instagram and reading countless blogs and instead of seeing them as different (because everyone has there own style) I saw them as better. It made me lose all motivation and left me wallowing in self-pity *eye roll*
One of my friends noticed I was in a weird mood, we talked about it and of course as always, she knocked me right out of it. You see this particular friend is a straight talker, no bullsh*t, takes zero prisoners kind of gal. There was no pep talk or inspirational quotes, there was simply a ‘get a grip and get on with it!’ Yes, sometimes a warming, motivational chat is needed but other times you just need a friend that will tell it like it is… and it worked! The next day I was up early, at my desk and writing.
Not only blog posts but emails too. Contacting brands and PR’s, introducing myself and suggesting potential collaborations because sometimes you have to out yourself out there and ask for the work, instead of waiting for it to come to you.
Photography – Zoe Griffin
So last week (as I mentioned at the start of this post) I finally got that pat on the back, that boost, that pay off for not giving up and for striving ahead instead. I got it because I decided to spend less time comparing myself and my work to others and more time being the best I can be and creating content I’m proud of. I can’t wait for the next few months and hope you’ll enjoy all the blog and Instagram posts that will be coming. I’m so excited to be working with some amazing brands and I can’t wait for you to see it all. I feel like I’m on a bit of a roll at the minute and although blogging can be somewhat of a roller coaster, I might as well enjoy the highs as and when they come right?!
So yeah a bit of a conversational post today, no real point or objective, just some thoughts I wanted to share. Please do keep liking, sharing and commenting, your support really does mean everything to me and I can’t thank you all enough for choosing to land on this little corner of the web.