Off The Label

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the importance of being genuine and true to you, especially in the blogging sphere or on any social media for that matter. How I came to this topic was a little silly but if I'm being totally honest I was shopping at a Goodwill when my mind started wondering. So I was in Goodwill finding treasure after treasure while going through countless racks of donated clothes having a good ole time. Truth be told, I'm a little bit of a penny pincher and I love bargain shopping. But while I was shopping I thought to myself, how am I going to use this for blog content, these are old clothes, brands nobody wears, what if people think its weird......yada yada. I was thinking all these dumb thoughts worrying for no good reason. And as I was thinking all these things and worrying, another thought came to me, and something I've read on countless blogger advice posts: BE GENUINE, BE YOU, DON'T CONFORM. I've heard it millions of times and yet still wasn't actually listening to the offered advice. I was too worried about how it would affect my blog instead of being me, which is a thrift shopping bargain lover kick ass lady. Who cares what people think, or if my outfit can't be linked, or if someone thinks thrift shopping is weird. I want to be unashamedly me all the time but especially on a platform that so much of the time seems perfectly curated and sometimes fakey.  

This isn't something that only applies to blogging or social media. I know I've mentioned it in previous posts, but I constantly struggle with feeling self-conscious, trying to people-please, and worrying what everyone else thinks, which totally impacts my choices. I know its hard not to think "but if people knew the real me, they wouldn't like it or they would judge me". But if they did they're probably not people worth your time anyway. 

I just wanted to give a little shout out to the importance of being YOU! We were made uniquely us for a reason and we should be proud of it. Be free to do what you like, to express yourself, and to not feel embarrassed. Even if it's just choosing to wear that funky outfit because you like it or singing out loud or whatever it may be. And do the same for others, don't judge others for being different and expressing themselves, be loving and supportive, treat others the way you'd want to be treated. If we all could do a little bit more of both I think we would be much better off. 

Torey Noelle