this is a word we all sometimes do not appreciate. we forget it. and mostly take it for granted. i would have to be honest that sometimes, i am frustrated that people out here dont hold a sense of value and quality. for a world that is diluted with material things, it is sometimes a huge challenge to keep up. i mean how do you compete when you dont look a certain way (im asian. i am not thin like a model. and i dont have the money to get my boobs popping like crazy and my lips overinflated with fillers plus i dont think i would ever look good after all that work)? with the supposedly hundreds and thousands of followers (follow for follow and then unfollow)? all the new designer items from head to toe (my bank account is already in serious pain, i dont think it can handle anymore)? and how do you swallow every bit of dignity you have left as you suck up to someone as if you have been friends since childhood if you dont even really know the person nor honestly even like them (building a long-term relationship for me is far more important than one time love affairs)?
it is all about knowing your own value and self-worth. keeping tabs of the reason why you do this. and to remember that the only person you should always compete with is yourself, striving to be a better person every single day. being in my own little bubble has helped me surpass any encounter i have had. and believe me, i faced a lot. from being singled out because i am asian. from being taken out of the list because i was not chummy with a certain person. and being overlooked because they can settle for someone else who can just cut and paste content online.
whenever i come back to the blog, and see the millions of visits i have from over 7 years of continuous blogging, from the wonderful daily comments i get from my readers and the simple notes of my followers who email me about my opinion and feedback, all the frustration gets wiped away. because at the end of the day, my passion and drive comes from within me and those who value what i share through my personal style, the images captured behind my lens and the very little voice i have in my head.
strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value…
no one ever said it was easy. and you may never be a certain kind of “success” but if you love what you do, if you always push your hardest to give the best content you can to inspire others and see “real followers” that keep coming back to your blog to share their love and comments…to me, you are already a “success”, worth so much more than you can imagine and valued wholeheartedly by many.
here is to another amazing week. have a great valentines day you guys!! ❤️
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