KNOW YOUR WORTH, THEN ADD TAX.
Blogging/running my own website has been incredibly fulfilling but also incredibly draining. There are nights where I look at the analytics and start questioning whether sharing so much of my life is truly worth it - the behind the scenes people don't understand about blogging is, the numbers game, learning to be social media savvy, trying to find a niche where you can grow while also ignoring the noise that surrounds you. It's rough but when you get those emails or DMs about someone who understood and connected with a piece you write, the struggle is worth it. Which brings me to the topic of today's post, knowing and understanding your worth.
It wasn't until I started building my first official media kit (coming soon) and streamlining my content/Instagram that I understood that these little pieces of myself I put out on the internet are my calling card - they are what people associate with me and my brand and if I ever want DYFB to be something more than what it is now, I need to recognize that I do indeed bring something to the table and it's okay to walk away from opportunities that no longer fit the direction i'm going in. I can name 3 brand opportunities - paid and free that I regret taking. Not because I hated what was being sent to me but because I was willing to take anything freebie or not because to me it finally signified that my mediocre work was a hit. I was banging out content that was terrible just for the sake of adding that #ad and feeling like, "damn momma, i made it." but really, what did i make? who did i connect to? what relationships/partnerships did i forge that were long lasting? none.
Everyday I learn something new about this platform of mine, I learn what works and what doesn't, i learn what i'm good at and what i need to work on. i need to work on saying no, i need to work on researching brands before i send out an email i can't get back. i need to recognize that i am allowed to evolve in all ways because that's what makes me who i am. i cannot remain stagnant and hope that opportunities come to me. i have to recognize my worth, add tax and then sell myself and what i know i will bring to the table.
Maybe i won't rise to the top but i believe every no or every missed opportunity is setting me up for something greater and if not, it's serving me a life lesson on a silver platter. I am beginning to recognize and stand in my worth, I will no longer allow people to question it or low ball me when it comes to sponsored material or anything of that nature. This is my platform and I've worked hard at building it this far and I can't let someone else idea of who I should be or what I should be worth determine that for me. I am becoming the best version of myself and I know my worth, so every time someone questiosn it i'll make sure to add extra tax.