PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!✨

* Firstly I want to apologize for being MIA guys!!! I am soo sorry! Life has just been happening to a girl! I’ve been busy ‘Blooming where I’ve been planted’ but it’s a good kind of busy so I’m very grateful.* 

Today I want to talk about something I see happening a lot, something I think we can all relate to. 

How many times have you seen someone doing something you love, I’m talking that exact thing that you love. The exact dream that you think about each day and imagine yourself doing for a living. So here’s this person, they are living your exact dream and they’re making a living out of it. However, the problem is, maybe this person is not as good at this “thing” they’re doing and you know you could probably do an even better job than they’re currently doing. 

But here’s the catch (you’re gonna hate me for this) the only difference between You and ‘That person’ is that THEY 👏🏾PUT 👏🏾THEMSELVES 👏🏾OUT 👏🏾THERE!!!! 👏🏾 

Listen, there’s no point in harboring a talent or not going after your dreams but then dying a little inside for each day that goes by without you being any closer to your dreams. Because guess what, unless you stand up and show people – then no one will even know that you possess that talent. Eventually you will die and take your unused gift to the grave. Life is tough enough already, so believe me when I say there’s no one out there who’s walking around everyday hoping to stumble upon your talent. (Unless of course maybe you’re a Model in which case you could get Scouted) But otherwise You have to go out there and TAKE IT YOURSELF! You have to go out there and make it yours – against all odds!!! Swim against the tide if you have to. Sooner or later the current will flow in your favor. 

There’s nothing as sad as seeing wasted talent. Someone is 18 and they say to themselves “I’m too shy, what will people say if I fail”, next thing you’re 58 and stuck in a dead end job. You’re miserable and maybe it’s now too late to try and get into your desired industry! And you wish you had just tried “back then.”

Before I sign off I’ll tell you Two things: 

1) People will always laugh at things that seem foreign to them. It’s their personal way of dealing with their own mediocrity. Always remember that even if they laugh, they won’t laugh forever. After 2 minutes they’ll be laughing at the next thing to happen. That’s the nature of the human race. Do not be deterred by their opinions.

2) Time is the single most important thing in our lives. Time is inevitable. No matter how rich you are, you cannot pause time. Right now is the youngest you’ll ever be so do not waste another second. 1 year will turn into 2 years will turn into 10 years. Time goes by so quickly. You’ll look back in 10 years and wish you had just pursued that dream of yours. 

And you know what the worst part is? The fact that the person we spoke about at the beginning 👆🏾 will at this point have 10+ years of experience and is now recognized as a leader in that industry – yet you knew you had the potential to do waaay better than them. 

They put themselves out there. Do the same today, it’s not too late!
Till next post!

xx

Sandra 

Bloom where you are planted 🌷

When the year began in 2017 I knew that I wanted to do things differently. Every year I welcome the new year by setting some resolutions. Every year I never complete those resolutions. Some of them I don’t even start on. This year I decided I would not continue doing something that has never served me in the past. 

 A typical Resolutions list lol (source: Google)

That is how Bloom where you are planted came into effect. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll notice that I mentioned this at the beginning of the year. Bloom where you are planted is more than just words, it is a state of mind; a way of life. It means making the most of what you’ve got in that very moment, at that very time, in that very place where you are. It means taking that ‘not enough’ that is available to you right now and making it work despite the odds. You are exactly where you are right now for a reason so make it work despite your circumstances.

Post on my Instagram (source: sandraxshe

I’m sure everyone would raise their hand if they were asked if there is something about their life they want to change right now. Everyone would say ‘I wish I was younger, thinner, richer, lived in a different part of the world’ etc. Does that sound familiar? Or more commonly ‘if I had more money / if I had more time, I would go after my dreams’. 

But the reality is that there is no point dwelling on things you can’t change. Don’t wish you were in a different city, had a different life, were a little bit younger or whatever else you’re wasting your time dwelling on. 
If you have a dream that you’ve been sitting on or postponing because you’re waiting for the ‘right time’ please believe me when I say there will never be a perfect time or a perfect place to start anything. Things are meant to be started amidst the chaos; amidst the uncertainty; amidst the ‘I don’t know where this is going but I’ll stick it out and find out’. That place my friend is where magic is created. Where genius is born! Where expectations are exceeded!!
                Start now! (source: Pinterest) 

I have been using Bloom where you are planted as my daily mantra since 2017 began and I can’t believe how much it’s changed my mindset- and my life – and how many opportunities I’ve received just from thinking this way. 

Many of you do not know that I live in New Zealand. I moved to New Zealand just two years ago from South Africa. (I am originally from Zimbabwe though.) When I moved here I struggled a lot with going after my passions. I did not know anyone here!! I had no network, no connections, no knowledge of how to get started on doing what I love. 

I had to start from scratch, I had to make new connections, build new networks, manouver the lay of the land. It took me ages!!! Everyday I wanted to go back to SA, go back to what I knew. Why did I have to work so hard to start from scratch when I already had something halfway done back at home??! 

It was soo hard for me to change my mindset. Until I started living by Bloom where you are planted. I realized that it’s not by mistake that I landed up here. There’s probably a reason much bigger than me as to why I’m here, and everyday more assurance of this is unfolding. So whilst I’m here I’m making the most of it, I do not waste my time dwelling on things I cannot control or change any longer. 

I’m going after all the things I always wanted despite where I am. 

Content!! (source Instagram: sandraxshe

This blog for example is a perfect example of this mantra. I’ve been meaning to start this blog for the past 2 years now. It was on my 2015 & 2016 resolutions list but I never got started. I always said I needed “a really good photographer, a better camera, a good shooting location before I start”. Whatever excuse you can think of I used it. 

But this year I decided enough was enough! I was going to start using exactly what I have right now (which is not much) and make it work. And to my astonishment, it has gone really well so far. I only have two posts published so far but my stats have been decent for a first timer. I’ve had over 300 visitors to the blog and more than 400 views on both my posts combined. I’m still working on that follower count but I am still so grateful – and overwhelmed – by all the support I’ve received since starting this blog!!! 😱

I want to say thank you to anyone who’s taken the time out to read what I post. Love and light to you all and remember to Bloom where you’ve been planted.

Till next post!

xx 

Sandra