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It has taken me a bit to decide what I am going to write for this awesome campaign. I was so happy to see Maya take initiative and point out a problem in the blogging world and beyond. There is a constant sense to strive for perfectionism. I battle it every time I want to post on Instagram, when I am figuring out what to wear day to day, the pictures and graphics I post to my blog, and my overall attitude towards others. It can literally consume our lives. So today, I will get a bit serious on the LBB.
It’s time to use this amazing platform and readership for something real.
Personally, I have been lucky to not let the idea of perfectionism take over my life in an unhealthy way. This meaning an eating disorder, depression, or other mental and physical disorders. – but, that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t effect me. I have seen this idea take an icky turn in the lives of many of my family and friends, and that’s why I choose to stand firmly against it and look at the ways God has made me beautiful and unique. It sounds cliché, but we don’t share our confidence enough.
Instead of getting up every morning and looking at yourself in the mirror to critique yourself, why not look at those things that make you beautiful. Whether that is something you love about your body, the view out your window, the comfy apartment you live in, the cute shoes you’re going to wear to work – no matter how little, it something and it is better than any negative thought you could think of. A huge reason I started Mizzou Against Melanoma while in college was not only to educate and advocate on safe sun tips, but to show that you can be confident in the skin you’re in. This was a daily reminder for me personally as I was in the processes of educating those around me. Why try and be something you’re not? It’ll only give you wrinkles and an increase chance of skin cancer! (Play up the young, fresh skin tone while you have it :) )
Additionally, I blog because I love everything about personal fashion and style. I shouldn’t compare myself to other successful bloggers out there and instead I am trying to work on admiring their work and looking to them for advice and tips. Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, is someone I wish my blog could be like. Her readership is outstanding and pictures are beautiful every. single. time. Not to mention, she has an adorable husband. (let’s face it: I’m still single). However, instead of envying her success I have to understand that although it looks great from my angle, she has to work hard, and I’m sure she has struggles on her end. It’s not always as clear cut as the photos. Now, I’m not saying she has any troubles or bumbs (I want to be clear that I'm definitely not judging her in anyway as I believe she has an outstanding blog and I'm sure even better persona), but I am saying she is human and I can tell from her blog how much work she puts into it.
I was so lucky to meet Maya, Sarah, Caitlin, Lauren, and Jas at Go Blog Social who are willing to help a young blogger like myself. Anytime I had questions or wanted to talk about the professional world, they have been there to answer my questions and provide advice. This is what I am so appreciative of in the blogging world. These women haven’t run away from me because I ask a simple how-to question, rather they step up and offer guidance.
It’s this support that leads to success.
I hope you were able to connect, even if it was just a sentence, with this post today. I really do appreciate you reading it. If you are looking to read more stories about the #realbloggerbeauty campaign, please link up over on Maya’s blog at Charmingly Styled. You won’t regret it!
I’d love to hear any feedback about this post. Don’t forget to leave Maya a message for all her hardwork putting this together!