I know i've stressed about this matter on previous tfls, to encourage go out and do the things that you want to do. But lately, i've been feeling most powerful about things i want to conquer. After all, the only thing that's stopping is, is just us. Our fear of failure and rejection.
As a kid, i was very introvert, shy and always unsure about my actions and words. But people who knew me, knew that in reality, deep down, i was nothing like that. I just had to let go. Whenever i would go to my dad for an advice, he would always say "i have never regretted the things that i did, i only regret that things that i didn't". Although i knew that phrase would hunt me for life, for all the things that i would regret in the future because of my fear, it took me just till this year to keep it close in my thoughts.
Yes, i've stressed you out about how we only got one life to live, and we should go for everything we want now. Really, what do you have to loose? That's what i've asked myself about quite a lot of things this week. What DO you have to loose? Once you realise that it's really nothing, it's easier to conquer your fears and go for the things you honestly want to do.
For the bloggers / freelancers: you shouldn't wait for the big websites, magazines and companies to notice you. You should go after them. A simple letter of who you are, what you do, and how you can contribute. The least thing they'll do, is ignore your email. The best thing is to reply, reject you, but your work will have been seen by them. So at least they know who you are - you've made the first contact. The awesome thing? You get to collaborate.
The past month i've been contacting some really awesome people to guest post while i'm gone in July (hopefully August too). At first, i would postpone sending the emails, feeling really stressed about it - honestly don't know where the big deal is. But there was nothing to be afraid of. Instead, i got to introduce myself, and get to know some cool creatives. The awesome thing? i got to have great guest posters, that you won't want to have me back :)
Personal life: be honest with yourself and others. Say the things you want to say, no reason to hold words back. Do the things you want to do, no reason to suppress your actions. It just feels liberating.
Graphic layout and illustration by Corina Nika