I know, right? Please just, pinch me as hard as you can! I don’t often get to say I got interviewed for a magazine, so please, humour me here okay??
At the end of last year, the lovely Blogosphere Magazine created an online network that anyone could sign up to and I jumped at the chance. I expected blogging tips, blog recommendations and upcoming events news would be winging their way to my inbox, what could be better?
A chance to feature in their ‘In the Spotlight’ section was also announced after signing up but I honestly thought nothing of it. I was SO shocked and excited when I found out I’d been placed in the top 10, before being in the top three. My wee blog has been going for a while and I’ve seen ebbs and flows, but honestly thought it was nothing special.
Getting a little bit of recognition got me thinking about stepping out of my comfort zone. I never really put myself up for awards, or put myself out there. Maybe it’s that inherent Britishness, but self promotion has always felt a little icky to me – but why?
There’s nothing wrong with putting yourself out there and letting the world know who you are as a person, but I feel like I’ve been slowly retreating over the past year, spending more time alone in my room with my makeup than out trying to make blogging friends, going to events or promoting my blog.
Although that’s not necessarily a bad thing (I’ve been hurt and let down by a number of friends so I’m super wary of everyone really!) I feel like I haven’t been pushing myself very hard in that respect.
In my opinion, it’s never really too late in the year to say ‘2018 is the year of____’ so I’m pledging that 2018 will be the year where I really push my boundaries. Being featured in such a wonderful and supportive publication like Blogosphere has made me realise that I need to get my butt in gear, and really work on myself, get out of my comfort zone or try out for something that scares me.
This week saw me find three competitions I want to try out for, and one of them is the NYX Face Awards. The level of talent is extremely high and even though I have no chance, I feel like creating something for that will be the perfect way to have fun doing what I love while working hard to showcase something I’m passionate about!
How do you push yourself?