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Lessons I Learned in 2017

Modcloth Haul Dani Austin
Modcloth Haul Dani Austin
Modcloth Red Dress // Stuart Weitzman Heels

1. Transparency // 2. Just keep moving and keep making decisions rather than waiting and thinking about it // 3. Planning is everything and helps work life balance // 4. Sometimes God doesn’t want you to have a house and has a different plan than you’re own // 5. I’m learning to delegate tasks and let go of control // 6. Follow accounts that inspire you – not the ones that make you feel bad about yourself // 7. It’s okay to not be okay.

I spent too much of 2017 letting external factors define my worth and break my confidence. In this world of social media and influencers, it’s difficult to not compare yourself to others around you. I am guilty of this. Instagram shows you a world where everything is beautiful and everyone lives a perfect life, but that’s not necessarily reality. I can seriously attest to that. There are times where this job makes me question myself: “Do I have what it takes to grow this brand into so much more?” “Are there others who are doing better than I am?”

These kinds of spirit-crushing questions find me when my confidence is at its lowest, and here, my self-worth is tested. I must remember that even though we have a view into so many people’s lives through social media, the only one we need to concern ourselves with is our own. Let me tell you, there are days when I wake up and I’m like, I GOT THIS!!! But then there are others that consume me with discouragement. It’s natural. Life is a rollercoaster and we cannot always anticipate what will come or how we will feel.

2017 taught me to be find strength within myself, despite every external factor thrown my way. There were times when I wanted to give up and surrender to the pressure but I remembered what I was capable of, what we are all capable of. Our uniqueness is our power and our strength. There is no one out there like you!!! Once I realized that, I was able to embrace all the quirkiness and sassiness that was Dani Austin.

XO,
Dani

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelly
    January 5, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Well written. I was just wondering whatever happened to your jaw? I recall you going in for an MRI but don’t recall the outcome. I prayed for you. Here’s to a blessed 2018!

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      Dani Austin
      January 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

      They just said it was growing like any other muscle. Nothing necessarily wrong with it but not really a solution either. Going to try botox to prevent the growth. Thanks for your concern! Happy 2018!

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    Sarah Foley
    January 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Happy New Year Dani! Good things ahead for you in 2018 I’m sure 🙂
    xx Sarah
    daytripx.wordpress.com

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    Lauren
    January 15, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Any advice for going into the new year and letting go of old relationships? Just got out of a 3.5 year relationship with my BEST friend and I can’t seem to begin the moving on process. Any advice would be lovely xx

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