Chattin’ it up today about facing disappointments and how to push through being discouraged. Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies so if you need a little pep talk, this one’s for you.
These photos are a pretty spot on resemblance of my past week. In the midst of a whole lot of sunlight (streaks of good news here and there) there were also a lot of shadows (discouraging moments and bad news). I started the week receiving an awesome paid opportunity for my blog that later had to be cast aside since the brand had an influencer budget cut. The same day I received that news, I also found out I scored a low grade on a quiz that I had studied hours and hours for. Two days later I was contacted by an amazing brand offering me an opportunity for a partnership. A partnership I had to turn down as it conflicted with my college work. After that, I ended up having to cancel my event, the most discouraging moment of them all, and I spent the day (and following days) in tears on my bedroom floor.
I wrote on a note in my phone, on a sticky in my computer, in a letter to myself, and a reminder set daily, that this was no time to give up. I knew that I had two choices. Remain on the floor, crying, or use the disappointments as fuel to a fire set burning inside my heart to continue pursuing my passion. After much “humaness” (crying seemed easier than picking myself up, ya feel?), I stood up, declared favor over my business, and moved forward.
I learned a lot this past week about discouragement and disappointment. I learned that it’s important (and okay) to give yourself a moment to be human. Punch a pillow, cry on your floor, yell at your computer. Do what you gotta do, but don’t remain in the hurt. Press forward. I also was reminded that when one door closes, another one opens and typically that one is a better bargain than the first offer you were given. Lastly, I was encouraged knowing that the “failures” or ways I’d come up short, only meant I was becoming more knowledgeable on how to do better the next time around. Overcoming obstacles will teach you more than constant success ever will.
So, my dear friend, if you’ve been facing some disappointments lately, I want to encourage you that the best is yet to come. That what lies before you is greater than what lies behind you and that this season is a time for growth. Take it as an opportunity to learn instead of resenting it for being difficult. I believe in you, I’m cheering you on, and I know you got this!
Never hesitate to holler at ya girl if you ever need a little pick me up. I’ll be sure to slide in your inbox with a pep talk + some love.
Your biggest fan,
Photography By: Sydney Marie