August 08, 2017

How To Stop Selling Yourself Short

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style

Yesterday someone asked me if I was a designer. Immediately I responded no, referring to my 9-5 conference planning job. After chatting with this person and talking a bit about what I love and my blog, I came to the realization that I am a designer. It may not be what I went to school for or my so called career, but I design all the time. Whether it's in my home, with my outfits, or a makeup look, I am designing. This person then went on about how she is never wrong with her intuition and that she knew I had a knack for the creative/design world. She also went on to say how special this gift is and when something comes more natural to you that we often forget it is not like that for everyone. Just like I cannot perform acupuncture, some people can not fathom putting outfits together. Sometimes we think that we all have the same innate knowledge, but we do not.  No one on this planet has the same eye as you do. You see things differently than everyone else and your perceptions are what makes you unique.

I really took this to heart and started reflecting on our conversation more and more. I realized that you don't need to have a degree in something to be something. You don't need to go to school to become a master at something and you are so much more than a piece of paper or what you do for a living. We cannot sell ourselves short. Do you love to bake? You're a baker! Do you love to bicycle? Then you're a cyclist! It's so important to not put these limitations on ourselves as they will just end up impeding on our dreams.

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style

So how do we stop selling ourselves short?

Acknowledge your successes. Do not brush things off and do not play down your accomplishments. When someone says you put together a fabulous outfit do not just brush it off and say "oh, this old thing!". Say thank you and really appreciate that yes you did put together a fabulous outfit. Accept the praise in all walks of life.

Forgot the word "just". We all do it. I "just" write a blog, or I am "just" working here. Um, hello! Do you know how much goes into "just" writing a blog? The workload is insane. And you're not "just" working here. You are gaining valuable experience every day to take you where you need to go.

Do something every day to get you closer to your dreams. Take the little steps to get you where you want to be. Don't say no to opportunities. Take something out of the suckiest of situations and put yourself out there.

Accept that you are so much more. You do not need to compare yourself to your own expectations or someone else's experience. We all need to stop selling ourselves short and focus on our current achievements and future successes.

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G:
Shop LangSURA top (similar, similar), Tobi maxi skirt (similar), Old Navy sandals (similar), DIY straw bag


P.S. The lavender fields at Terre Bleu are a dream come true! Also, did you know I made this bag? Check out the DIY here.

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, How to stop selling yourself short, summer style



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7 comments

  1. I'm definitely guilty of selling myself short, so I really enjoyed reading your tips. Something to work on, for sure! Also...so much envy about your trip to the lavender fields!!

    Jackie at Something About That

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  2. I can be guilty of this too. I loved reading all the points you made...it's so important to remind ourselves that we can be whatever we dream of. Thanks for this. A great read after coming back to work from a long weekend :)

    Megan
    @meganmarsiglio
    theommlife.com

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  3. So true! We should be acknowledging and and not minimizing our talent or successes. I am so guilty of this and I know I'm not alone. Thank you for the wake up call and pep talk ��

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story about selling yourself short I do that a lot especially using the world I'm just or I'm only! I've taken a screen shot of the tips you have to remind myself to remember I'm awesome
    Gorgeous photo session too
    Love Sarah

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  5. Really impressive post. I read it whole and going to share it with my social circules. I enjoyed your article and planning to rewrite it on my own blog.
    Packers And Movers Gurgaon

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