As I look through my archives and reflect on previous posts, something stands out to me that I had not paid attention to in the past. As much as I put myself out there, I don’t actually share much about who I am. Moving forward this is something that I want to work on and starting with this post something I am changing.
Without writing a novel of my full life story, I want to share with you all a piece of knowledge I have learned that has changed my life. At 23 years old I have learned acceptance. I say “at 23 years old” because people sometimes will go their entire lives never accepting who they are- what makes them different. With so much life ahead of me I am so happy to have been able to do this now, waisting no time in the future. I never realized how different I was from the people around me. Not that I didn’t enjoy the same things as them, but that there was something else that was missing. I felt like I wanted to express myself and pursue these “crazy” ideas and dreams. I don’t know if blogging was necessarily my dream but connecting, inspiring, and helping has ALWAYS been my dream. I found my own version of these things through blogging.
I had actually created my first blog about 5 years ago. I wanted to give tips and tricks on styling and outfits. I ended up never putting my website live because I was afraid of what people might say about me. I didn’t do what I love for 4 years because I was nervous. As I type this I realize even more how absolutely ridiculous that is.
Then I came to reality that people will always talk. Whether you are sitting on the couch or pursuing whatever dream you have they will talk about you. Once I wrapped my head around this I realized there is absolutely nothing I can do to change that so why sit back and let it take away from what I want to do. I got my laptop, made my own website and created SAVO + JUNE. Guess what…people talked.
What I didn’t expect though.. the encouragement and positivity to be louder than the judgement. The fact that even just one person took something away from what I created was so much more powerful than a meaningless side comment. The side comments quickly turned to background noise, and now crickets. What I was still struggling with though was comparing myself to others in my field, to people who I had thought “made it”.
I want to share something that is difficult to do but important to anyone’s success. The difference between you and the people that you wish to be is that they have done it. I was told this quote after rambling on about how I want to do this or I wish I could do that and it has resinated so deeply with me. As black and white as it is, you can’t sit back and wish you had something if you’ve never tried. The people you look up to have taken a leap of faith, put themselves out there, and done it. So what I am trying to say is appreciate your own accomplishments, be proud of who are and put yourself out there. Once you have accepted who you are the road is clear and there is absolutely nothing that can stop you.
Now go get em’