One main characteristic I seem to embody is my open and honest manner with pretty much anyone I meet. I think everyone has competitive elements within them, some more hidden than others maybe, but I have always been willing to share knowledge and help others and I have never been too shy to ask questions no matter who it is.
Having experienced working within the fashion industry I feel that women are often more guarded and protective of their work. Recently I have noticed female bloggers can avoid over sharing in order to keep an air of mystery about them. Social media quite obviously is a powerful tool and even though we get told over and over again not to believe exactly what we see and that we are only exposed to ‘80% of people’s lives’ or the small proportion they want us to see, I will happily admit I still fall victim to the sugar coated world I see.
One main issue I have always suffered with is comparing myself to others. Through school, uni, every walk of life, nothing I did was ever quite as good as the person next to me. Yes this is mainly just a lack of confidence, of self-belief. Trying to find our own personal style is a struggle. I have always held so much creative junk inside me and had no platform to let it out or filter through it. We can become so immersed in styles, trends, people, we lose ourselves, the things we naturally gravitate to, the unique quirks we are quite simply born with. Digging deep into yourself and trying to find out exactly what is you is actually quite a hard task, we’re just surrounded by so many people doing their thing… but what is your thing, what is their thing?
We all want to be inspired, that is how we embrace the new, fresh ideas, but it is hard being authentic to yourself.
There is so much awareness now about female empowerment, girls helping girls. Being a fitness lover myself, I think in the fitness and wellbeing industry, especially on social media there definitely feels like there is more of a community. Girls working out together, trying different ways of training, supporting each other with body changes, mental changes.
I wish this spread a little more into the fashion and blogging industry. I think it would be nice if bloggers reached out more and helped out aspiring bloggers, after all, everyone has to start somewhere. There is a very likely possibility that we’re going to have a tonne in common, especially if we like photos, fashion, food, writing, being creative. Being friendly to others feels good, helping others feels good, there is enough room in the world for everyone to make their mark, and who knows, you may just be inspired by the person you inspired to start blogging.