I've decided to share more. All of the blogs I stalk (and believe me, there are myriad), I read because I'm interested in what said blogger has to say. While my thoughts aren't all gems, I feel it's important to infuse myself into my business, and they only way I really know how to do that is through writing. (Also, I've just come from 4 years of constant paper-writing, so I need a new outlet now).
If I'm being honest, I feel compelled to wait until I have it all together. In my mind, it's not worth blogging until I have the perfect office space in the perfect little apartment with hardwood floors and whitewashed brick, or until I have years of experience and a huge client base and basically UNTIL MY LIFE IS PERFECT.
Alas, that is not real. And I feel that people will appreciate authenticity more. It's a buzzword nowadays, I think. Creatives are all about being authentic (which, don't get me wrong, is awesome), but personally (and maybe some of you feel this way too), I feel LOTS of pressure to have it all together before my "authenticity" is appreciated. While I love, love, love, these people for being authentic and sharing their hearts, (and being crazy inspiring), they've all come out the other side. They are successful! They made it! They're there. They are where I want to be. Where WE want to be, because I'm convinced there are others of you out there who are just like me.
I think that I've had a skewed perception of being authentic. It's not successful people's fault that they are awesome people on top of being good at what they do, it's my fault for thinking it's related to having good taste or having "life advice" to give.
So, this is really about me, learning that I don't have to be there yet to have something to say.
Real talk? I'm 22 and I'm back in my parents house. I have unpacked approximately zero boxes. I have skype consultations with clients in my childhood bedroom and realize halfway through that there is a giant Edward Cullen poster (circa 2007) staring them down on the wall behind me. I do all my work from the kitchen counter and some days I have a hard time turning off Food Network. It's not Anthro riddled workspaces with fresh coffee and succulents on my desk.
Then I have to remind myself that all ^that stuff? That's not what it's about anyway. It's about what I'm creating with my camera and connecting with people. It's about what I'm learning along the way, and I want to share this while it's still fresh in my mind, not 5 years from now when I feel like there's finally a reason for people to listen to me. You don't earn the right to be authentic, you nike it.
That's why I'm going to be making an effort to write more. That and... I just like writing. So you'll be hearing from me more often and about more random stuff (I've warned you, they're not all gems). If you have topic suggestions, I welcome them with open arms and a waiting keyboard.