On December 6, 2016, Jennifer Hudson took the top 8 finalists of The Voice Season 12 on a Hairspray Live! tour. I remember watching this episode of the The Voice and the words of advice that she gave to these 8 aspiring singers. Her words have stuck with me ever since because they do not just apply to the music industry. They apply to life in general. And I have been doing my darnedest to adhere to the motivating words of Jennifer Hudson in everything I do.
I think it was right at the time that this episode aired that I was really starting to receive steady offers of brand work on my blog. While my blog started out as a creative outlet and a hobby, everyone who takes the plunge into blogging knows that there are opportunities to eventually get paid or at the very least receive products in return for blog posts. I don’t ever like to imply that bloggers receive items “for free” because as bloggers are well aware, there is a lot of work involved in sharing a gifted item with our followers. These items are not free. But I don’t need to go into the amount of work I do, oftentimes in exchange for a $10 item, at this point. It is not the price of the item that determines the quality of work that I produce. It is my work ethic and the pride in my work that determines the quality the work that I do.
You see, I want to be that person who is good to work with. And to take Jennifer Hudson’s words a step further, I want to be that person who is great to work with. I want to find that perfect balance between doing what I love, doing it well, and remaining true and genuine to myself while making an actual living doing it. In an effort to reach that goal, when a brand wants to work with me, I give it 100% of my best effort. Every. Single. Time.
I am not even going to pretend that I have a huge following or that I produce the best photographs or even the best content available in the blogosphere. I don’t have a regular professional photographer. I don’t use a state of the art camera. Heck, I don’t even own my own camera. Because, let’s face it…those things require cash flow…and a pretty significant one that I don’t possess. So using my meager means and the help of some pretty amazing friends and my super supportive husband, I give it all I’ve got. As a result, the brands I work with tend to stick with me…because I am good to work with and I produce quality content.
Not only am I good to work with from a brand perspective, I also give it everything I’ve got when collaborating with another blogger. In fact, I don’t think I have turned down the offer to collaborate with another blogger…ever…in my 2 1/2 years of blogging. I view a blogger collaboration as an opportunity for me to elevate my game. Not only do blogger collaborations give each of us exposure to new audiences, but they also open avenues for more inspiration to flow in to better our own blogs. Inspiring each other, learning from each other, empowering each other are the things that make this blogging community the unique and amazing thing that it is. And I am so grateful for all of the wonderful blogging friends I have made on this journey and all of the super fun collaborations that I have been invited to join. I look forward to many more!
I take great pride in the work I do…in every blog post, in every photograph, in every comment and every email, in every single detail. I want to provide the best content that I can provide for the sake of my own personal satisfaction. At the end of the day, knowing that I gave it my all creates a cycle of self-motivation unlike any other. And if I keep at it on my own terms in my own way with my own passions driving me forward, the pay offs will come. While my bank account has not yet benefited much, my life is richer and fuller in so many ways because of my work here.
So I have grabbed firmly onto the brilliant words of the very inspiring Jennifer Hudson and have been applying them to my life and my work. I will not just be good at my work, I will be someone who is good to work with. Or I will exhaust myself trying!
*Please don’t mistake all this self-praise as coming from a place of arrogance either. I am far from arrogant. I just possess a humble pride in knowing that I always give my best effort. And every once in a while, I pat myself on the back for a job well done.
“But, the fact is, no one’s gonna chase your dream for you.” -Jennifer Hudson
Now can I tell you about my fun new pink beret from Banggood? It is utterly fabulous! It is fashioned from a very soft wool that is not at all itchy on the forehead (a problem I have experienced with other wool hats). The fabric is quite substantial providing much needed warmth in my snowy climate. It fits my head perfectly. And the color is simply divine!
What are your passions and aspirations? And have you let them take the wheel to drive you forward in the direction of your dreams? At the end of the day, are you proud of the work you have done, knowing you gave it your best effort? I couldn’t imagine living my life any other way!
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Laurie of Vanity and Me shared her post What 54 Doesn’t Look Like – An Afternoon With The Daily Mail. You need to go read this post! It is absolutely amazing and very thought provoking, too.
“I have pretty much thrown out all the voices in my head from a life time of being told what I should or shouldn’t do as a woman. I feel so strong and confident at my age that I don’t feel the need to be perfect or to have the approval of people I don’t know or care about. So some days I will have make up on, some days I won’t. But everyday, I will be doing what I choose to do!” -Cheryl
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