I read an article recently that interviewed a couple of highly successful women. They ranged from writers to dancers to CEO's. It went through a series of questions asking them what their thoughts on being successful were and what it meant to them. They also asked a couple of fun, personal questions too. One of the questions that was asked was, what advice they would give their 25 year old self. That particular question really hit me. Then my mind took off and hasn't stopped since. Well, not that it ever does but you get my drift :)
Success can be a very beautiful thing. And it can mean a variety of different things to different people. Whether it's landing that killer job that your degree is in or whether that means being your own boss. Personal gratification is just one reward for hard work. But want to know something? I believe that it's actually in those moments of doubt, fear, and slip-ups that make the journey. Those moments when you're going through them, THOSE are what make you successful. Those moments, and what you learn from them, make you much stronger than you would have ever been not going through them.
I have a few questions I asked myself and here is what myself said to those said questions..... :)
By far, the largest obstacle I have overcome: My own self doubt. Believing in myself.
I thought success meant: Everyone knowing my name and my work.
What success means now: Being able to choose my own happiness. Being able to tell people NO. My clients telling me how much my images mean to them. It's all I can ask for and beyond
If I could tell my 25 year old self anything: SLOW DOWN. Wait and work for it. Anything worth having is worth working your ass off for it. And find joy in the goof ups. Know that someday, those were when you were the strongest.
One time, I once blew an entire paycheck on: A pair of high heels from Aldo. HA! I could never imagine doing that now.
My go-to breakfast: Oatmeal. Every single day.
My happy hour drink of choice: Goose and sprite with a lime wedge ;) Mmm. Is it happy hour yet?!
I never: Say never. I have surprised myself and have been surprised in life more times than I can count
I always: Show gratitude. To my clients, my family, and my friends. It's because of them that I am who I am. They are my engine. My energy. My drive to keep going.
So there you have it. Some personal thoughts from yours truly. So, what does success mean to you? And what is your favorite happy hour drink? Leave me a comment on here or on my Facebook/Instagram! I would LOVE to hear from you! xo