We're already 7 months into 2017. I actually can't believe it! As excited as I am for this new month and all the lovely opportunities and blessings it will bring; I'm entering it with a different attitude. It's okay to say NO! I have had a busy first half of the year, especially where my blog is concerned. I've had so many amazing opportunities and worked with some amazing brands however, I've also realised a worrying pattern. I keep biting off more than I can chew. You know how it is when you promise much and realise you can't really deliver then you run yourself into the ground trying to stick to your word. That is literally me right now. I have found myself taking on so much work and projects and overestimating the time I have to complete stuff. I am getting so annoyed with myself because I hate it when brands have to chase me up to deliver or remind me to do things but unfortunately this has become a regular occurrence for me and I absolutely hate it!
Dress - Asos (similar style)
*Shoes - Just fab UK
*Earrings - Stella&Dot
The best way for me to avoid this in the future is for me to just say NO! I've had to realise that I'm not Wonder Woman no matter how much the new film gassed me up to think I am. I can't do it all and it's better for me to say no when I get overwhelmed rather than say yes and then not deliver to the best of my ability. Believe me it's so difficult to say no to great opportunities and to turn down invites to amazing events but you know what, my sanity is more important. That and keeping my work to a high standard. I've definitely noticed a reduction in my quality the more thinly I try to spread myself and that was something I always prided myself on. I like to deliver great work that will make myself and the brands I work with proud. There's nothing I hate more than feeling like I could have done better and going forward, I'm going to make sure I never get that feeling again.
I strongly believe that what's meant for you will never pass you by so there is really no need for me to do everything on the back of the fear of missing out or not being approached again. If the brand really loves my work as much as you my readers do then they'll work with me regardless of whether I can deliver in two weeks or a month's time. Quality over quantity is what I've advocated for on my blog from the very beginning but somewhere along the lines I forgot that. So as much as I love working with amazing brands and going to snazzy events, I have to be selective going forward and maintain a good balance.
I want to do shoots and posts that I love and that can allow me to dedicate a lot more time and effort so as to bring you guys the best of me. I also love to work with brands and hey the perks and £££ is good but I don't always want to worry about deliverables and deadlines and all the other things that come with brand opportunities. Yes they are necessary in the blogging world and we all have to do it at some point but I don't want it to be all about that, you know? So for me I just have to learn to be realistic with myself and the brand and just say no if I know in my heart of hearts that I can't really do it. This will be so much better for me than trying to move mountains to do something only to do it at a sub-par level anyway. So my name is Natasha, I'm very overwhelmed at the moment and I've decided to say NO more often and you can too!