Be Proud of Yourself… I am!

YOU are FAB!
You really are.

Inspiration comes in funny guises sometimes. I had the idea for this post when i was writing my motivational tips post (which incidentally got side lined to next week because of this post.. what can i say the motivation just took me here, lol!)
It came to me because i was basically moaning ( only a wee bit) about how it can be hard working on your own and how my mood and inspiration can often plummet. 
As much as that’s true it really got me thinking about the good stuff that also comes from working for myself, and what it is I’ve actually achieved here.

If someone said to me 3 years ago, you’ll me making a living (all be it a small one) from doing something you love (primarily writing about clothes ) from the comfort of your home and being there for your kids every morning and every afternoon, I would have scoffed in their face and called them a big ol’ fibber.

When I sat down and started to think about things, I realised how grateful I am for the job i have created for myself.

It made me realise that following your dreams in life is essential.
Say we only get one shot at this crazy little thing called life (or one shot that we know of at least).
Shouldn’t we all want to live it the best we can, doing what makes us the happiest?
Surely doing something that makes you happy and contend is actually something to be super proud of yourself for.

With this blog, i took the step to do it as my job instead of working for someone else and it was scary (i’d always had a secure paycheque each month since i was 17, actually since before that as i started working at 15 on weekends) I was able to do this thanks to the love and support (and the paycheque) of my husband.

And even though I often have moments where i waiver and wonder should i throw myself back in to employment where i can earn more money and have a regular income (blogging/freelancing can be a little bit all over the place pay wise), heck I’ve even sat trawling through job sites to see if there is anything i would even want to do, but ultimately, this is what makes me happy and this is what makes me proud.

And that’s when i realised.. I am proud of me.

Proud that i’ve written this blog for 6 years and have never wanted to quit it, proud that I keep trying to better myself, content wise and personable wise, proud that this here is all my doing, proud that i can engage, with my words and imagery with other like minded ladies, proud that i inspire you with outfits and anecdotes, proud that i can call myself a blogger and a writer, proud that this puts money in my bank, proud that this makes me happy, proud that being here every day makes my son unbelievably happy.

I am so proud of me.
And yet i’ve never ever said that before. I always await someone else to say how proud of me they are, the congratulatory acknowledgement that i’m doing something worthy of the compliment, and those words are of course always lovely to hear from others, but why don’t we tell ourselves it more?

I’m writing this to remind myself that, you know what, I’m actually doing ok. In fact I’m doing better than ok, i’m doing good.
With the old comparison thief often stealing any joy, its so easy to feel like you’re doing crappily in this 24hr fast flying media led world.
The thing is there will always be someone bigger, better  and more formidable than you, and there will always be someone bigger, better and more formidable than them too and so it goes…

But the thing is, no one else can be you. 
Nobody else could ever be a medium (small really) blogger called Rachel The Hat, who writes earnestly like shes having a good old natter with her friends (that’s you by the way) and loves to post pictures of outfits shes created. 
As many other style bloggers there are, no body is me.. and that’s amazing isn’t it!
Comparison can’t steal my joy as there is no comparison to be had surely?

And that my friends is something I need to remember.
Be true to oneself and nothing else matters.

Accepting who you are and what you’ve achieved is a massive step in going fourth and achieving more and excelling further than you ever anticipated.

So tell me, what are you proud of about yourself?
Think about it, compliment yourself and let me know in the comments, shout it from the roof tops in fact. The more we praise ourselves the better it can be!


  1. April 18, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    YES to this babe, no one is you and you are fabulous! Adore this x

  2. April 18, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Love love LOVE this! Why is it that we're so worried about giving ourselves the proverbial pat on the back when we damn well deserve it! You should be so proud of lots of things….this blog being just one of them. Love you xxxx

  3. Anonymous
    April 18, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I am proud that I am a loving and kind sister. I am a loyal and faithful friend.
    Thanks for this post.

  4. April 18, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Sometimes it isn't about the money but doing what you love and it sounds like you are doing exactly that. I doubt I will ever get to that point, but I certainly love it as a hobby! Keep on inspiring us all!

  5. April 19, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Absolutely YES!!!! Thank you so much for writing this with such honesty and without apologising for giving yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it my lovely. "Be true to oneself and nothing else matters" is something that a lot of young (and, to be honest, older) bloggers should think more about now and then…!!

    Catherine x
    Not Dressed As Lamb

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