As a blogger people naturally assume you are confident, I mean who wouldn't think that. Every other post on here and Instagram is all me me me. Unbeknown to most, but like many other women, I've struggled with crushing self-doubt and lack of self-confidence ever since I can remember. Whether it's my hair, my body, my makeup or my voice I've always been overly self-critical, so you can imagine when I started blogging (nearly two years ago) these insecurities were extremely heightened. Undeniably blogging and sharing pictures of yourself on the internet brings with it certain pressures. Sure the first few months of blogging were pretty rocky, filled with awkward poses, self-criticisms and even some tears. I spent countless weekends telling myself 'I look ugly', 'I'm too short', 'I'm too skinny', 'What's the point, I look stupid'. The list could go on. But fast forward two years, through a lot of determination and small life changes I've taught myself to look past the insecurities and to keep a focus on why I started blogging in the first place. I didn't start blogging because I wanted to share photos of myself for people to scrutinise. I started because I wanted to share my personal style.
I was recently asked to be involved in Danish design house, Georg Jensen's You Can Never Be Too Much campaign and it got me thinking about some of the inspiring women I've met along my blogging journey and how they have inspired me to be confident in more ways than one. Below are 4 ways in which I've boosted my self confidence and helped reach my blogging goals.
The campaign itself features five extraordinary women who through hard work, determination and self-confidence have reached the top of their game. See more here.
Small Confidence Boosts
Low self-esteem or self-confidence can be a big problem, but sometimes it's those smaller confidence boosts that can make the difference. I always take note of the things that make me feel good, no matter how small they are. It could be the perfect fitting pair of jeans or a favourite lipstick (that always get's you compliments). Remember the little things that make you feel good, ready for when you next need some get-up-and-go.
Break a Sweat
Joining the gym and regular running has hands down been the best solution to my low self-esteem, both mentally and physically. Any sign of self-pity or doubt rearing it's ugly head, and I'm straight our the door to the gym or pounding the pavement. Can't beat the endorphin rush after a bad day.
Take a Risk
Ten months ago I took a risk. I threw myself out of my easy and comfortable job of 5 years, quit, started a new one and I haven't looked back since. You would think to leave a job which I knew like the back of my hand would, in turn, create the reverse effect and completely rattle my confidence but it made me stand up straight and realise what I wanted and how to get it. I have no choice but to be confident in my current role, in the beginning, I felt pressured to project an air of self-conviction which has naturally developed into the real deal. I'm not telling you all to quit your job tomorrow, but you will be surprised at how taking a step into the unknown can force you to be the confident person you want to be.
Comparing yourself to others won't get you anywhere. Learning to accept myself, appreciating who I am and what I have was vital in growing self-confidence. When starting out in the blogging world it took some time to find my feet, and I inevitably compared myself to other bloggers, a hell of a lot! This did nothing, but make me feel even worse about myself. We are all different, which I continually have to remind myself is a GOOD thing.
This post is sponsored in collaboration with Georg Jensen, all words and opinions are my own. I would love to hear your own experiences with self confidence and over coming any lack thereof.