Recently, I've been feeling a lot of feelings about my life, my business, social media, my friends, and well, anything else that didn't cover! It came over me a few weeks ago, sitting on a train, writing captions on my phone for future instagram posts. (I am just that organised. Or sad. Depending on how you look at it.)
It ocurred to me that I has been working away at my 'Instagram game' and it was actually helping! I realised, for the first time, it felt like stuff was working for me - I was posting pictures, writing blog posts and scheduling tweets, and people were actually buying as a result of them.
It might not seem like much to many - and my results have hardly been stratospheric - but to me it felt really important, and like I was finally achieving more than just shouting into the Ether.
And then that awful little creature comparison crept in, of course! I promptly forgot all about my pride in my in myself for creating beautiful things, and beautiful content to go alongside them.
But I realised recently that I had so much to be grateful for, and be proud of, that I didn't want to watch my life pass me by whilst I was waiting for the next thing, or look back and be saddened to see myself feeling down about engagement and algorithms. I have so much to be happy about, be thankful for and be proud of.
I'm so grateful I have the creative mind to sit and make cute little designs every day, and the perseverance to keep going. I'm grateful for my wonderful parents who are supporting me financially whilst I try to make shit happen. I am humbled by every person who clicks 'follow', leaves a comment, or parts with their hard earned ££ for something I created. THANK YOU so much. I'm also so grateful to be part of this creative-business-world that is full of supportive, brilliant and beautiful people. I've found friendships with wonderful people who I can discuss shipping prices and profit margins as well as poo and periods.
I'm going to make a concerted effort to run over these things every time I get too caught up in people who have 'more followers' or are 'more successful' and take more time to appreciate the happy-dance moment that my phones makes a 'cha-ching' noise, every photo shared to #adsinthewild and every lovely bit of feedback I get.