I have been thinking a lot lately about blogging, social media and all of the things that come along with them. I have shared a few thoughts on the blogging industry and what I’ve learned on the blog before. But recently I have to admit I have fallen slightly out of love with blogging. The struggle to compete in a saturated market and the countless hours spent on social media can be taxing. Don’t even get me started on the Instagram algorithm… but that’s not important. Last week something happened that changed my perspective on everything.
Over the past couple of weeks I had been going through the process of interviewing with one of my favorite bloggers to join her team. The position would have been great experience and I was really excited for the opportunity. I made it to the final round with only a couple other candidates but ultimately was not chosen. Initially I was upset but then it hit me how amazing it was that I had made it that far! I haven’t been blogging long and still have so much learn but suddenly it felt like someone had lit a fire in me.
If she saw potential in me, why has it been so hard for me to see that same potential in myself lately? I think we all get tunnel vision when it comes to our own opportunities in life. Sometimes it takes a failure to get us back on track. I say failure in the loosest sense of the word. I certainly don’t consider not being hired a failure. The opportunity to interview and showcase the skills I have learned reconnected me to the initial passion I felt for blogging.
If we don’t take risks in life we miss out on so many opportunities. I put off starting my blog for so long. When I finally started it felt so rewarding to able to do something I love. If I hadn’t had the courage to start I would have never had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands, develop skills I didn’t know I would love and I would have never met the amazing friends I’ve made along the way.
When I saw the job posting I hesitated, thinking there’s no way I would get the job out of all the applicants. But I applied anyway. In the end I got the opportunity to actually speak to someone I have looked up to for a long time and ended up falling back in love with blogging. Look what I would have missed out on if I hadn’t taken that opportunity. So I guess what I’m trying to say is take a look at your life. What opportunities are you missing out on because you are afraid of failing?
Nothing turns out the way you think it will. But it’s been my experience that it can be ever better! It’s all about your attitude and how you handle what life throws at you. Choose to see things with a silver lining. Continue to try new things. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and I promise things will change for you. For the better! xo Bryn
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