"if you never do anything, you never become anyone"
A quote that's been rattling around in my head quite a lot lately. I've always played it safe, ever since my confusing shyness as a little kid. Sometimes though, you need to take risks if you're ever going to get anywhere in life.
If you'd asked me four years ago if I thought I'd be where I am now, the answer would've been something along the lines of "I doubt it.." - anxiety and self-doubt controlled the view I had on life. Now, I'm not saying I've conquered it all or that I never have days where I just want to hide under the covers and pretend I don't exist, but I'm getting there, and actually doing things is what helps me the most.
I never thought I could make money doing something I love, have a job, go travelling, go on a trip on my own, inspire people, be nominated for awards. I never thought I would make the incredibly close friends I have, or that I'd find the strength to be so open and honest with them.
Sometimes you just have to say yes to the opportunities that come your way, and open up to the new people who walk into your life - despite the millions of fears bubbling up in the back of your mind. Sometimes you have to put yourself forward for things, instead of waiting for what you want to drop conveniently down at your feet.
A little over a year after I started Being Little, I was nominated for a Cosmo Blog Award. Of course, I didn't win, but just being considered was a huge success in my eyes. Although I've had some incredible times and some brilliant opportunities since then, I haven't put myself forward for anything similar, thinking that was my one chance, or that I was being too full of myself thinking I even had a chance.
So in the spirit of being brave, I thought I'd enter myself into the UK Blog Awards - you never know, right?! There are about a billion other blogs who have also entered, but to get myself in the running I need some votes from you lovely lot. You can vote for me in either the fashion category or the lifestyle category, if you'd like to!
How have you been brave lately?
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