Don't Wait for Opportunities, Create Them!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I hope you all had a wonderful day today wherever you are in the world. It's past 11 PM here in New York. I've just returned from a midweek dinner and glass of riesling at Momo Caffe with my boyfriend, for some much needed rest and relaxation with my love. Sadly last night marked the end of my Blogging for Fashion Business course at FIT. But we all know that endings usher in new beginnings, and this instance was/is no exception. Our brilliant instructor, social media expert Dalia Strum, left us with some final words yesterday that kept me thinking throughout the day today. She said "don't wait for opportunities, create them" and I was once again reminded that the power is all in me.
Taking this course made me reminisce SO much about the first year I started my blog back in 2010. It was a very different game then. I remember the blogs I followed with such devotion and the friendships I developed with their authors from across the world. Everything was so new and exciting. I checked my blog incessantly for comments and new content. Those blogosphere relationships were as real to me as any here in New York. But now that so many of those friends have stopped blogging, I find myself pining for the good old days, for the same sense of community I once had. I'm realizing that there are still plenty of new opportunities to be had but there is much more work to be done to get them.
For the first time in nearly 4 years I feel like the new kid in school again with my blog. I find myself visiting new sites in hopes of making new blog friends. I want to post regularly and provide relevant, meaningful content. I want to collaborate with inspiring individuals and have my voice heard again. I want to reestablish a community of fashion illustration lovers on the web. I guess what I'm attempting to get at here is that I'm no longer sitting around passive waiting for people to come to me. I'm doing exactly what my instructor Dalia said. I'm once again creating and manifesting my own opportunities. After all, good things come to those who hustle, and so they should. I hope you will join me in creating opportunities for yourself too.