Where do I start with this post? As a blogger, you can be pulled in a million different directions. When I first started blogging it was all I could think about. Fast forward two years and it is still all I think about. Well along with my husband, dog, house, job, collaborations, travel, blogging more, having babies, home projects, working out, family, friends, what to make for dinner, being a better wife, better person, Christian. So yeah there are a lot of things on my mind all the time. I am sure many of you feel the same way.
Life seems to come at all of us so fast. I will relax for an evening and feel like I’m lazy, but then I start to add up all the things going on and think to myself “Wow, it’s okay, slow down.” We all have that need to prove that we are doing enough and the term “I’m busy” is just part of our regular dialogue. Yesterday I made it a point to just connect, put my phone away, and be present. I felt like a million bucks. It’s so easy to get caught up in the online world and it’s totally okay to occasionally step back and hit the refresh button to take a moment for yourself.
I had to turn down a few contracts earlier this week because I felt I didn’t have the appropriate time to commit and that the brand did not fit my blog or message. I was upfront with the brand, thanked them for their interest, and politely declined. In return, I received a not-so-nice reply from their rep for not accepting the collaboration. This really didn’t sit with me well.
I’ve always felt that staying true to yourself is so important. It’s something I struggled with when I was younger, and as I’ve gotten older I am proud to stand behind my views & actions. This message- Stay True -holds a special meaning to me and is tattooed on the inside of my wrist. As a blogger you can be pulled in a million different directions when it comes to your time, content, and business relationships with brands. I’ve always made it a priority to work with brands or products that I truly love and use.
Blogging and working with brands is not a seamless process, and sometimes you clash creatively & occasionally need to walk away from business in order to stay true to yourself. At the end of the day, I want to be proud of the content I produce and will always make a point to stay true to my style, voice, and values when it comes to my business. I wanted to share this experience with you because I know it happens to bloggers all the time. Especially when new to the process, you feel like you have to accept everything and that is definitely not true. I hope you can stay true to yourself and your message!
Okay, enough of the pep talk. I’m off to figure out what to make for dinner- such is life. 😉 Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!