When To Draw The Line
"Be thankful for closed doors, detours, and roadblocks. They protect you from paths and places not meant for you."
I woke up this morning frustrated and annoyed from the fact that I spent last night writing this blog post, only to have it disappear on me as soon as I hit "save". Thank you Squarespace for ruining my night, however I also took it as a sign to go to sleep because it was already 1AM.
"Don't spread yourself too thin," a constant reminder from one of my best friends. One that gets drilled into my head while I'm busy writing down upcoming plans, events, meetings and scheduling out my social media calendars for two clients as well as my own personal Instagram/Twitter/Facebook. Speaking of which, I am now part of The Collective Conference, which is curated conference focused on fashion, food, and travel and will be happening in Hollywood on Oct 21st. Ticket prices will increase after tomorrow so click here to purchase and learn more about this amazing event!
Shameless plug, not sorry about it and while you're at it, be sure to check out Seven 'til Midnight's Holiday 2017 Collection. Okay I'm done with the promotions of my clients.
As an entrepreneur, we all know too well that sleep is not scheduled into our routine. We eat on the go, when we have the time, and caffeine is our best friend. We also know that balance is required and I'm often asked, "where do you draw the line?" When do you put down your phone and enjoy the moment? When do you say enough is enough and that your plate is too full? When do you reschedule and when should you prioritize or what should you really focus on each day?
All are reasonable and valid questions to ask yourself often, so that you can put yourself in check. The last thing you want to do is have a meltdown in public, so here's the secret - take a deep breathe, collect your thoughts, and just fucking handle it. Think about it, did you get this far to be mediocre? Did you work this hard to be on a fine line budget? Did you lose sleep to live someone else's dream for them? NO. In a world that allows you to create your own career and make money in untraditional manners, there is always a way to do it and if you don't, someone else will gladly step in for you.
Let's face it, there's no clear cut throat answer to when you should draw the line. You know when to draw the line and you know how much you can handle under pressure. Only you can say "no" and only you will know when to do so. Prioritize. There's no secret to success; there are several tips, advice, inspiring and motivating perspectives/stories you can read over and over again. But there's no formula, that's all bullshit.
If you haven't figured out by now, I have no filter and honestly, that's who I am. I struggle between staying classy but having too much sass. I'm a city girl who grew up in a city that has a debatable reputation. But hey, Snoop Dogg made it so I can too right? I have too much determination and am too focused on my goals to ever handicap myself. There's no time in this industry to feel sorry for yourself. Cry it out in the bathroom for 5 minutes, fix your mascara, walk out the door and just do it.
Sorry if you thought this post would give you the keys to success or helpful advice on how to be successful in an industry that can be so vain and superficial. Thick skin is a must but I've also found some of my best friends within the last two years of this blogging atmosphere, so it's not all that bad. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE what I do and I would never go back to the corporate world, unless I hit rock bottom and get evicted but let's hope that never happens.
Regardless of what situation you are in, remember one thing when you feel like the world is against you - you've gotten this far and to turn back now is to acknowledge all those who doubted you. To give up is to give up on yourself, your dreams, and who you are. Don't quit; quitters make great employees but honey, you're a boss babe so don't ever forget that.
Now carry on. Happy Hump Day and don't forget to get that 3rd coffee of the day.