I love to go on holiday, maybe a little more than most. But when I’m not on a plane or drinking champagne, I’m hustling away in my office GirlBoss style. My office is white and pink and it’s filled with vision boards, books, white boards and A LOT of fluffy cushions #SorryNotSorry.
I spend my days writing, filming, advising and talking. The dream for a chatterbox like me. I also dedicate a lot of time to empowering women to step into their own, which is easier said than done.
One of my biggest challenges to date, is getting clients to practise self-love. I’m not talking the champagne kind of self-love. I’m talking the ‘I am beautiful’, ‘I am worthy’ and ‘I love myself’ kind of self-love. Why as women are we so critical of ourselves? And more importantly, why do we feel the need to constantly compare ourselves to others?
I’ll let you in on a little secret. My girl crush is Eva Longoria but unless I lose 6 inches, I’m never going to be 5ft2. Equally, I’m never going to be petite. The best I can do is follow workouts from Kayla and hope for the best. I’m ok with that. In fact I’m more than ok with that because I’ve fully embraced who I am and I love my uniqueness. It’s not every day you get asked ‘which part of China are you from?’ but when I do, I chuckle to myself, give my husband that knowing look which says ‘it’s those almond eyes again’ and I politely inform my counterpart, that I’m not from China, but I’m in fact half Peruvian.
In today’s world, almost everything is online and there lies the problem. Gone are the days of advertising in yellow pages or putting an ad up in your local post office. Thanks to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, making yourself visible has never been easier and seeing what your peers are up to hasn’t either.
When Turquoise Holidays rang me up back in January to collaborate in The Maldives, I almost fell off my chair. I then proceeded to giggle nervously and tell myself they must be joking. They weren’t of course, but I couldn’t help but put myself down. At the time, I had just over 1000 followers on Instagram and no more than 2000 on Twitter. I didn’t have the big ’10k’ that everyone refers to and I don’t have that now. But they saw past that. They loved my content and my personality and that was enough. If only all brands could be like that!
From thereon in, I made a promise. A promise to never compare myself to anyone again. Who cares if my following isn’t that big compared to others? I have passion, dedication and skill which for me is enough. I am proud of who I am and what I’ve achieved and I encourage you to praise yourself also. We are all unique and we all have our own journeys in life. If you do anything today, don’t compare. Be your own kind of beautiful.