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Fail or Fly

January 13, 2016

Fail or Fly: the rollercoaster ride of a full-time photographer | Holli True

holli true- fail or flyIt’s only Wednesday, yet I feel that I’m on some kind of victory lap right now. You know, because I’m on track to successfully blog five days this week, for the second week in a row. This, my Internet Friends, is what I call winning. Blogging has always been a vital part of my business and for so long, I let myself off the hook by not staying dedicated to it- which is sad. The writer in me, obviously loves writing and creating and the girl behind the camera, she’s fueled by passion and inspiration. My blog used to be a testament to all of that. And I’ve miss it.

So, what happened? Well, in all honesty, I veered off track and lost my way. It took a little self-reflection and cold-hard honesty to realize where I had gone wrong. The past three years have been quite a roller coaster ride for my business and because I’m weaved into every aspect of my company, it’s affected me. While the highs were amazing and beautiful, it’s the depth of the lows that really took a toll on me. I have to admit, I learned more- about myself, about others and about life- through my struggles. And it changed me. It allowed me to grow, forced me to adapt and challenged me to overcome more than I believed I ever could. I learned that holding on isn’t always the best option, sometimes letting go is the right thing to do.

Letting go doesn’t mean giving up and it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed. Sometimes you have to let go because the weight of the load you are carrying is simply too much and if you continue to hold on, it will drag you down. Even though it’s one of the hardest things for me to do, I knew that it was a vital step in order to move forward. Holding on had made me feel bitter and resentful, uninspired and ready to throw in the towel. It was a scary place to be because that’s not the person I am. I missed the days of feeling inspired, feeling optimistic and knowing that anything was possible. The days when I created beauty that was driven by passion and inspiration- not resentment or validation.

I know I’m not alone in this. I know some of you out there reading this right now have lost your way, too. Your motivations have changed or you’re holding onto to something that will bury you. Consider this a wake-up call, a beacon of light, a plea. Get back to the core motivations that inspired you to chase your dreams and push through the road-blocks that are standing in your way. Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try. And give yourself the grace and freedom to spread those wings.

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  1. Victoria Elena

    January 13th, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I feel like I just went through something very similar. I’m glad you were able to pull through it! It’s good to know why you’re doing something, otherwise you’ll burn out sooo quickly and you’ll lose sight of the bigger picture.

  2. Tamara Gibson

    January 13th, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    loved this! perfect advice for the New Year!

  3. Jennifer Carr

    January 13th, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I’m so happy to see you writing here regularly again. You are a breath of inspiration in a world filled with doubt. Our chats in October helped me ease a lot of my fears, but it’s always a constant struggle. Thanks for the reminder to keep trying no matter what <3

    And... I'm loving the landscape image ;-)

  4. Marla Sudman Lisman

    January 13th, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Honesty! So refreshing in this industry of unicorns and rainbows!

  5. Carly K Camera Artist

    January 13th, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Holli!! I love this post.. I have been feeling this way for a few months as well. Did you with this to me?? Haha

  6. Carly K Camera Artist

    January 13th, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Holli! I love this post! I have been feeling this way for the last few months. I have taken some time off and know that 2016 is going to be great! X

  7. Chelsea Salinas

    January 15th, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Such an amazing post, Holli! You are such an inspiration and for you to share that you too have things that pull you away from your true path gives hope to us all!! Can’t wait for Evoke in may!

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