Friday, June 10, 2011

How do you measure success?

Just so you know, this blog is about to get serious for a minute.
I have always, or at least as long as I can remember, dealt with a bit of low self esteem.  I grew up in a broken home with lots to be desired as a child, so it was always easy to find people who appeared to have more than I did.  I can easily think of several times where I felt like I didn't fit in with certain people or felt inferior because I didn't wear the same brand or have the latest fashions.  It seemed as though I was constantly striving to be like someone else or get what someone else had.  I'm sure I'm not the only one that has experienced these feelings...right? :)  As I grew older, these feelings subsided a little.  Mostly because of a relationship with Christ.  I tried to embrace who I was and who God was molding me to be....something I'm still working on.

Since starting my blog/business I've noticed that I'm dealing with these same old feelings of inferiority.  I look at other people's businesses and blogs and long for my own to have the same caliber of coolness if you will.  There are so many fantastic blogs out there today; you don't have to look far.  They have the best layouts and designs with the greatest posts and features.  A little voice inside my head says, "why can't my stuff be this good?"

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about this little voice that tells us we're not good enough or that we need to be better than we are.  I have decided that we don't have to compare ourselves to anyone else.  It's okay to just be me...the girl that loves simple things and is learning as she goes how to do all of this business/blogging stuff.

I say all of this to say, that however you measure your success, make sure it's realistic and it's about becoming the best YOU!  Don't compare yourself to other people and feel like a failure when you aren't in the same places as others.  It's about the journey, and figuring stuff out along the way.

I hope all of this came out the way it is in my head...I do not claim to be the best of writers :)  And, please know that I do not want all of you to feel bad for me in any way!!!  I am blessed beyond measure.  It's just hard to always remember that.  I just thought that if I'm feeling this way, maybe others are too.  It's something we can work on together :)

On a bright note, I'm so looking forward to spending time with some of my favorite girls this weekend!



  1. I can totally relate to this, Dawn. We all have to measure it differently, because different things are important to each of us. Thanks for writing this - it's so nice to know that other people deal with the same things!

  2. I needed to hear this big time. I've almost been defeated before I even get started with my photo business. all I know is, I love doing this stuff and I'm going to do the best I can and hope God blesses it.

    praying for you. I'm impressed with you and your creativity everytime I see your blog so chin up, you got a fan here!

  3. Love, love, love this!
    This sort of reminds me of the talk that we had Tuesday! You're one of the most genuine people I've ever had the privileged to say that I know and are friends with! I mean this from the bottom of my heart! You are so talented, compassionate, and peaceful. I hope you never feel inferior to anyone ever again. You're amazing in every way!

  4. Exactly the hot cup if tea I needed to rease my burden.

  5. I may be biased because we're blood and all but truly and genuinelly... I've never known a kinder soul than yours, and one could only hope for just a fraction of your abilities!

  6. oh dawn. i just love you. that is all.

  7., thanks for sharing!