Thanks for dropping by! Here is a memory from high school that helped me jump start my business…
It was my senior year in high school and I was auditioning for All-State Band. I had been practicing for weeks, but I wasn’t nervous. I had just come from taking the ACT, so it had been an eventful morning. I signed in, and then walked to the flute area to check my audition time. I was the last one. Not near the last, or even second to last. I was the VERY LAST flute to audition. It was going to be a long day.
I started practicing, and on my breaks I would find my friends and chat. Slowly my friends left, because they had auditioned and wanted to get home (we lived two hours away). It was me and my mom, and about two hours prior to my audition something happened. My stomach started cramping in a way I had never experienced before. I couldn’t stand up straight and couldn’t breathe as deeply as I needed to. My mom gave me crackers and water, but nothing helped. I had to lay in the fetal position to stay comfortable.
The time came for my audition, and the flute proctor closed the door behind me. I auditioned to the best of my ability, however, I was in pain and couldn’t breathe properly. I came out of the room and just looked at my mom. I fought the tears until we got to the car. I was devastated. That was my last chance to make All-State.
A few days later I overheard my mom on the phone. She was telling the person on the line about my audition. Then she talked about the dialogue she shared with the proctor. Apparently this unfolded while I was auditioning…
Proctor: “Is she okay?” (My appearance had diminished to a noticeable point, haha!)
Mom: “She’s just sick.”
Proctor: “Oh, is it nerves?”
Mom: “H*** no! She’s not afraid of anything!”
I am telling this story because I have been reading Jasmine Star’s blog. I highly recommend anyone that owns a business, especially photographers, to visit her site. In one post, she suggested to make a list of three things that make you unique (this is to help write a bio for a website). I seriously thought for a half hour and couldn’t come up with anything. I kept coming back to “What?! I’m not unique! I’m just a Kentucky girl who likes photography.” Then this memory came to me and I realized I am unique.
My mom hit the nail on the head- I’m not afraid of anything. I am not afraid of putting myself out there and taking risks. I’m fearless. (Okay, well not completely. Spiders, wasps, and cockroaches are pretty high up there. If I see one, I run away like I’m on fire!) I’m not afraid to fail, because through failure comes lessons. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t make All-State almost a decade ago. What does matter is that I was there and auditioned even though I had every reason to walk away and knew I wouldn’t make it.
So, my advice to you is to BE FEARLESS. Don’t worry about failure, because I guarantee it will happen. You can’t stop it, but you can learn from it. So look forward to the lessons.
I invite you to come along with me while I build my business and live life! Let’s be fearless together and create something beautiful!
P.S.- Here is Jasmine Star’s Blog. Go check it out!