"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Once upon a time, I was a miserable bank teller. For three years, I was forced to put on a fake smile and engage in meaningless small talk with customers while handling their money. I woke up each morning desperately hoping for a change of pace and a new opportunity to present itself. Just as I was about to give up hope, I decided to change my mindset instead. Because there's no point in waiting for new opportunities, when we can create them ourselves.
Complacency is dangerous. It's easy to get lost in your day to day routine, settling for a life that is comfortable but not fulfilling. It's in the moments that we actively choose to take risks that allow us to grow.
Perusing through YouTube in 2011, I stumbled across the Beauty Vlogger Community. Through something as simple as watching YouTube videos, a new fire started within my soul. It was in those first few videos that I watched that I realized that this is something that I love and I can actually do if I just decide to be brave enough to go for it.
My passion to learn more about all things Beauty grew exponentially in a matter of days. It was in the way strangers had the power within them to positively affect the lives of other individuals that intrigued and inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I suddenly had a new outlet to express myself, while receiving endless amounts of love and support from viewers that have never even met me in person.
Though I don't upload as often as I once did, my decision to put myself out there and risk ridicule, judgement, and criticism was the greatest decision I've made thus far. I still get reminders from my subscribers, friends, and family to start filming videos again.
From taking that first risk, I've learned that each decision you make in life is essential to your story. There are small victories in each and every day. Whether opportunity presents itself or you create your own opportunity, be aware and grateful for it.
Three years into my career in the Beauty industry, working for ipsy, I can honestly say that I love my job. I was actually given the day off by my CEO and other female leaders within the company for International Women's Day, which inspired this blog post.
I challenge you to take a good look at where you are in your life, and if you're unsatisfied with it, I hope you find the courage within you to make the necessary changes to create a fulfilling life to be happy, because you deserve it. Love yourself enough to take risks and live fearlessly.