Let’s Talk About StartingSometimes the hardest part about doing anything worthwhile is taking that first step. The first step is the one that takes the most bravery. It is when you declare that you are trying something new to everyone that knows you. I can’t tell you how often I come across people who really want to do something, but they are paralyzed with the fear of taking that first step. Others, maintain that they will practice their craft until they become an expert at it and then they will begin. But we all start somewhere. To illustrate my point I am going to show you the photos from the first recipe post I ever published for Pretty Providence 4.5 years ago, and compare them to photos I took of the same recipe yesterday. The photos on the left were my debut, you guys. With those photos I declared to my friends and family and anyone who knew me or came across me on the internet “I have decided to become a blogger.” With these spectacularly horrific photos I took a leap. Here we go… I am not going to lie to you, when I came across this post a couple of years ago my immediate impulse was to delete it. Ain’t nobody need to see those photos, and heaven knows it isn’t getting pinned! Honestly though, the more I thought about it, the more proud I became. Remembering where I started out reminded me of how far I’ve come. I was scared spit-less to tell my friends and family I was starting a blog, and I did it with photos like that, you guys. I pretty much refuse to believe that any of you have worse photography skills at this moment.. so let go of your excuses. If you wait until you have mastered something before you start you may never start. There is no better way to learn than by diving in. Four and a half years ago I started a blog with my best friend with essentially no knowledge of how to blog, no photography skills, no blogging contacts, no understanding of how to make money, and a bunch of hopes and dreams. We worked hard to learn and improve and produce content that people would like, and now we have the luxury of making full time incomes working part time from home– doing what we love. Maybe people laughed at me when I first posted those pictures all those years ago. Maybe people talked behind our backs and said, “Jessica and Sarah are gonna try to be bloggers!” Well, who cares if they did? I am proud of myself for taking that first step, and every step afterwards. By no means am I the world’s best photographer, or blogger for that matter, but I am so grateful I decided to go for it all those years ago. Take a risk. Step out of your box. Be brave. Let fear go. It will be so worth it. xo, Jessica
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