Before I even started blogging, I was known to being true to myself; being true to my beliefs. No one could discourage me from being the person I am.
I was always told that in order to love anyone else, you have to love yourself.
Now that I'm blogging, there was a time when I found myself swaying into the direction of "keeping up with the Joneses." I felt that I needed to change my way of clothing myself; adding makeup to my daily routine; buying expensive items; thinking about joining gyms...etc.
That's not the person I was, or am...I'm simple. During my high school years, I remember someone actually telling me that I was a simple chick & that no dude will think anything about me. So yeah, naturally then, I started to change myself in order to fit in.
What was I thinking? Eventually as time flew by, I began finding myself...my true self.
Some of the personal fashion bloggers that I follow (you know...the REALLY popular ones) make me wonder sometimes though. Like who were they in the beginning before they actually started blogging? Did they change at all? Were they trying to keep up with all of the other bloggers out there; or simply keeping up with fashion magazines?
Don't get me wrong...we've all changed in some way or another while blogging -- I'm sure. But, I can actually tell you how I've changed while blogging. I'm more confident in wearing color (thanks to so many creative fashion bloggers out there), I'm not as shy in meeting new people, and love blogging and showing myself & what I'm wearing to the blogosphere. I also don't mind engaging in conversation with those who take the time out & follow me and comment. Like I've said in the past, I'm not going to break the bank to keep up with anyone. I like to be comfortable. I like to dress simple. I like reasonable. It's me. **Oh yeah and I love shoes!**
I don't live this extravagant life. I'm content. Those who are most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves and in turn, broaden the experiences and perspectives of everyone else.
So my tips on being your true self?
- Be you
- Follow your own values
- Make up your own mind
- Appreciate, develop and recognize your own talents
- Stand up for what you believe in
- Know that being 'different' is a gift