Imposter Syndrome Is Real Y'all
If you would've told me a year ago that I would be running a successful business sewing headbands instead of teaching, I would've rolled my eyes and laughed. No, seriously. This sounds cliché but I never in a million years could have imagined that this is what my life would look like now!
When I first started The Happy Headband Co. I had no idea what I was doing (and sometimes I still feel that way tbh). There are days what I am totally fired up and kicking ass, and others where doubt creeps in and I wonder what the heck am I doing? Imposter syndrome seems to be the latest buzz-word heard round the world, and while that term is starting to be overused (at least in my opinion) it's a legit feeling! Feeling like you don't belong, feeling like you aren't good enough at ______, feeling like there are so many other people who are doing XYZ better than you... the nasty thoughts can go on and on and on.
When those nasty thoughts start to creep in my head, I have to remind myself of all the goals I have accomplished and all the things that I have learned to do on my own and all of the things I am good at!
1) Sewing: Okay, that's an obvious one but still something I am proud of! I can crank out a headband faster than you can say Happy Headband Co! And I am constantly challenging myself to try out new styles and experiment with new fabrics. Stay tuned for a new style to hopefully pop up in a few weeks!
2) Photography: Yes, I am aware that my pictures aren't going to win me a Pulitzer Prize anytime soon, but that's not really what my photos are for anyways. My goal is to show my products in a fun and interesting way, that is unique to me and my company and to showcase all of my amazing customers reppin' our products.
3) Instagram: I know that it's not all about the number of followers and likes, but I truly love creating content that resonates with you all! When people comment on photos or send me messages, it makes me proud (and so very thankful) that people are taking time out of their day to communicate with me. I have met some of the BEST people on Instagram and consider them my friends. Maybe that's a little dorky, but it's true!
4) Giving Back: One of the best parts of my business is our Bands For Books program. Giving back to teachers and students brings me so much joy and I even have plans to make Bands for Books a legit non-profit organization. I don't share this part much with others outside of my immediate family because it's honestly intimidating (Who am I to run a nonprofit?...See, told you imposter syndrome was a thing!) But Bands for Books really sets my soul on fire so I know I need to pursue this relentlessly.
It may sound like I'm bragging and tootin' my own horn, but I really just want you to feel confident in yourself and your skills! No matter what you do, you've got talents. Don't be afraid to use them and share them with the world. As women, I think that we are often taught to be humble and brush our accomplishments off as "no big deal", when in fact, our successes are a HUGE deal that we should be proud to share with the world!
I know I'm probably rambling a bit, and maybe I'm using this post to have a "Dear Diary" moment, but I needed to remind myself that I am a kick-ass female entrepreneur who not only runs a successful business but gives back to a special community. The next time I start to doubt myself, I know that I can return to this post and remind myself of how far I've come.