The first time I ever went to a blogging conference…
…I led with an apology.
I was just starting out and my blog was so small and I wasn’t established and I didn’t really have a following and I didn’t really know anyone and I felt like I didn’t fit in.
I apologized for my blog.
I apologized for my photographs.
I apologized for my social media.
I apologized for my writing.
I apologized that I didn’t really know that much about starting a blog.
And on and on and on.
And I when I finished my apology tour, I was left with one simple question.
Why did I let others’ perceptions define me?
Why did I let others make me feel small?
Why did I allow other people to get in my head and define who I was and what I thought of me, myself and I?
I was just starting out. I was just beginning. I was just learning.
But here’s the thing.
I was still amazing.
I still had a heart and a vision and a love of writing and goals and hopes and dreams and mountains yet to climb.
There were plenty of people in front of me.
But what I didn’t realize in the middle of all my “I’m sorries.”
What I overlooked…
….is that there were plenty of people who never even started.
I learned so much that first year of blogging.
I learned that putting yourself out there is scary.
I learned that the first step is the hardest.
I learned never, ever, ever to compare your first chapters to someone else’s finished novel.
I learned that you have to find your amazing—the thing that makes you special and unique and incredible and wonderful and celebrate it.
And I learned never to apologize for where I am on the journey.
I never want anyone else to feel what I felt on that long ago journey.
I never want anyone to ever feel less than.
So today I want my heart to speak to yours.
No matter if you are a blogger or a writer or a photographer or an empty nester or a mother or a listener or a learner or a business owner or a sister or a friend or a creative.
If someone else has put you down. If someone else has made you feel small. If someone else has told you that you can’t.
Instead? Hear this.
You are special.
You are amazing.
You are incredible.
Your sparkle is so bright that Pluto and Neptune are putting their shades on.
Never doubt yourself.
Never wonder if you are enough.
Never let others take away your sparkle.
And never, ever, EVER apologize for where you are…
…on your journey.
PS If you are wondering where this post came from and what made me write it and why I started climbing on my no-apology soapbox? I was getting ready for the workshop tomorrow and writing out all our curriculum and I was so inspired and full of joy that I wanted to share.
PPS For everyone who won’t be with us tomorrow at The Inspire Workshop, my wonderful friend from Life Beautifully Designed created this FREE downloadable for all of you.
You can download the printable here for FREE.