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Actually, I Can


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The moment I stopped criticising myself constantly and started to believe I could do the things I'd only ever dreamed of was a huge turning point in my life. I was always the kind of person who would talk myself out of things with all the 'what if's' running around my head. I couldn't even begin to count how many times I doubted myself in a day.

That is until one day I realised how ridiculous I was being. I realised that if I spent less time worrying and doubting myself and more time working for my dreams/goals, I could actually achieve some, if not all of them!

Take my blog for instance; my first post on Penneys To Prada was in January of 2014, yet it took me only two posts to lose confidence in my writing. I compared myself far too much to other bloggers, most of whom had been around a lot longer than me and had built up a substantial readership over the years. I was so worried about what people might think of me and what they'd say about what I was posting that I talked myself out of it completely. And it wasn't just blogging, I did this with everyday social situations. I was far too worried what others thought of me and didn't believe in myself enough.

When I came back to blogging in September, I kept the phrase above, 'Actually I Can', in my mind and by now it has become my personal mantra in life. Anytime self doubt creeps in I remind myself that, 'actually I can'. In everyday life it's helping me slowly overcome anxiety and I now have confidence in myself to achieve anything I set my mind to no matter how big or small it may be.

In terms of blogging it has done wonders, now I post whatever I want, because I enjoy writing it and it's given me so much more freedom and happiness with my blog. Nowadays I find myself actually getting excited about writing my next post. I don't compare myself to others or worry about what anyone might think because actually, I can!

Thanks so much for reading!

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