Since starting my own blog, I have continuously looked for new ways to improve my content, social media outlets, and photography. At times, this has meant taking some time and really looking at other blogs to see what I like, and what I don’t. For example, I very quickly learned that I preferred the look of professional-looking images which were formatted with the same width rather than photos taken on my point + shoot camera without any regularity in formatting. Sometimes, looking to others for inspiration and tips can be really helpful and essential to your blogs growth (which is why I started my blogging tips series!), but when you allow yourself to become fixated on others successes rather than your own that’s when it can be damaging to how you’re viewing yourself and your own work. Today I wanted to share one thing that I think should be on everyone’s New Year’s Resolution list, and that is simply learning how to love being you. Click through to read more on how to be happy being you!
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Maybe you have a really playful sense of humor, or perhaps you’re constantly battling the look of bed head (like me) – than celebrate it and share it because those are the little quirks that people relate to! The little differences that make you you are what builds friendships, relationships, and a loyal readership. People want to know the person. And while we all may have those inspirational blogs we visit each day, having sources that we can read every day that can really apply to our daily lives is way more useful.
We all have flaws – and that’s a big part of what makes each and every one of us uniquely beautiful. I have a large scar down my spine from my Harrington Rod surgery. It could be viewed as a negative thing, but instead I feel really proud to wear that scar each and every day. It saved my life and that’s simply beautiful.
While gaining inspiration from other blogs, celebrities, or people is totally fine – discrediting your own successes in comparison is not! Don’t try to change yourself or your blog’s voice just because you like how another person operates. Focus on what makes you happy and build upon that. You’ll find that when you’re able to simply zone in on what makes you happy that you’ll feel better about your life and appreciate your own personal successes.
I’ve witnessed so many of friends quickly become self-deprecating after being told they are smart, look nice, or have accomplished something. It took me a long time to realize that while I attempted to convince my friends not to be so hard on themselves that I had taken no time to convince myself of the same. When someone is trying to tell you something positive, don’t immediately turn their compliment into a self-criticism.
Sometimes it’s nice to just appreciate the good things in yourself. So often we compliment others, but how often do we ever really compliment ourselves? Acknowledge your good hair days, celebrate the A you got on that test, and appreciate the delicious meal you just made. Giving a nod to your accomplishments and yourself doesn’t make you conceited, it makes you confident.