Stepping Out My Comfort Zone

I’m just going to put this out there – this post has not been planned out in the slightest. It will probably just end up in a little ramble and then asking for advice as usual.

I have always been the type of person who has struggled to fit in, always. I have always been the one amongst a group of people overthinking whether they actually like me, what do they think of me and not knowing what to say because I don’t want to make a fool of myself. I am also extremely socially awkward which makes it hard for us introverts because we like company but also need our own space.

Coat – New Look, Shirt – New Look, Jeans – Sainsbury’s, Boots – Primark, Bag – Sainsbury’s

Last week, I took a massive step that I would usually make up an excuse not to do it or just not organise it whatsoever. I, little old me, messaged the lovely Chloe from Unwritten Hollywood asking if it was okay to meet up with her to take some outfit shots not only for my benefit (I have been meaning to make more outfit shots since moving) but also as an addition to her photography portfolio. Now we all know that Chloe has a huge following, in fact her blog was one of the first blogs I ever started reading and now she has over 3,000 followers on Instagram. I felt so uncomfortable at first but after some time had passed, I started feeling a lot more comfortable in front of the camera and in front of someone completely new.

If someone came up to me at the start of the year and said that this was going to happen I would have laughed in their face and said “definitely not!” but can I just take a moment to feel extremely proud of what I have achieved.

So here’s a question for you all – why do we feel overwhelmed by bloggers who have a greater following than ourselves? We all work in the same community. We have all started with 0 followers. Nearly everyone who I speak to online are more supportive than most of my real life friends. I can remember when I attended the #CarnLIVal event earlier this year and I felt a bit like a fan girl when I met Katy and Sam even though we have been talking for ages across social media.

I guess what I have to remember, is that we are all in the same boat. There is always going to be bloggers who have more numbers than you but it’s important to not feel overwhelmed by the blogging community because once you get to know them online, meeting them in person is suddenly a hell of a lot easier. But then, at what point do you start to feel comfortable around ‘popular’ bloggers? I’m still trying to figure it out.

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  • I came across your blog after seeing you in the comments on WhatLaurenDidToday’s blog. Firstly this outfit is so damn nice, you look so lovely! & secondly I couldn’t relate any more with this post if I tried. I wish I had the blogger balls to take some fashion related photos, but I am just so bloody awkward & as much as I wish I was someone who didn’t care about views and followers and all those other numbers I do. I put a good bit of effort into my blog and sometimes I just want SOMEONE to notice it LOL.

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    • Thank you for finding me, I’m certainly going to check your blog out! I think it’s important to just build yourself into it, perhaps get someone to help you take photos and slowly build your confidence up in front of a camera :) xx

  • Izzy K

    I love this message, and I agree the blogging community is great often. It’s so great to surround yourself with people who build you confidence. And you look stunning in the photos :)

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    • Thank you Izzy for the lovely comment :)

  • Lady Writes

    I love this. We all have to step outside of our comfort zone from time to time to make greater steps forward. And these pics are stunning! x

  • It’s great to always push yourself out of your comfort zone, it’s the only way to grow. Your shoot looks incredible!

  • RIkki Parker

    You are BEAUTIFUL ! Loved this post!

  • You’re such a beauty! I’m happy to hear you got out of your comfort zone, it’s always so nice to be around people who encourage you to be a better version of yourself <3

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  • Sarah Sullivan

    Pushing yourself is always the hardest thing to do, I’m going through a bit of self doubt of late and it’s hard to get out of.

    I love that top! It’s so pretty

  • Well done girlie! Keep doing you! Ps you look gorgeous!!

  • Rosie Ireland

    I love this post. It really speaks to my soul. It’ll be so important for your younger readers to see. So brave!

  • Caroline Henson

    As another socially awkward introvert who overthinks everything, I feel you! Stepping outside your comfort zone is the only way to change things so you should definitely be proud of yourself. The only time I’ve felt intimidated by bloggers with larger followings is if they act like they’re better than me because of it. But 99% of people I’ve met are lovely & very supportive because we all had to start somewhere :) xx

  • Numbers don’t mean anything, we all started somewhere like you say! It’s the content that matters anyway x

    Gemma Louise

  • It is nice to know that you are now comfortable in front of the camera. You are beautiful and just always be who you would like to be. Your outfits looks pretty.

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