I started blogging just a couple of months ago. I began this new project of mine as I do most, with a lot of reading and research. I like to make sure I know what I’m getting into and more importantly that I am going about it in the right way. With that being said, I read close to 25 blogs a day, countless books and e-books on blogging and innumerable profiles on successful bloggers (and there are many to choose from). That last one made me a little unsure about moving forward. There were so many wonderful, insightful and inspiring blogs already out there. What was I going to offer that was different? I honestly wasn’t sure. All of the things that I truly love and am passionate about are covered everywhere from blogs to magazines to social media. But then I read, Blog, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho, she encourages bloggers to find their own voice, because everyone, I repeat, everyone has something unique to say. I have been thinking about this all along and it wasn’t until I started to look for a new job opportunity that I realized what makes me–me.
As I drafted yet another cover letter, I realized I talk about my two loves, business and fashion. Not the business of fashion per se, but business and fashion. There was an excerpt in April’s InStyle magazine about Tory Burch’s launch party in Beverly Hills and there was a quote from Jessica Alba in which she said, “I love to talk to Tory about business,” because she doesn’t have a lot of women she can talk to about that. That really resonated with me. I don’t really talk business with any women, only men. Why is that?
I have been smitten with business since I was a young girl, as I come from a family of entrepreneurs. I have always preferred reading business books over romance novels. Same is true for movies, I gravitate to the “go-getter type girl who doesn’t take no for an answer and comes out on top” type of films. Working Girl was a game changer for me and still inspires me to keep trying, especially when I think the odds are stacked against me. I think it’s the ability to inspire, that dare to dream quality that sometimes is absent in our daily work lives that attracts me the most.
I have been working in my new sales position for the last couple of months and recently had my 60 day review (it went well). At the end of the analytical portion of the review, there was one comment of my manager that really hit me…
She reflects the business of fashion.
Once again reminding me that a personal brand isn’t just who you are, it’s your truest self, the part people remember. I realize now I don’t need to find my voice, I’ve had one all along, I just needed a reminder to be my truest self. Boom!