My blogging is a funny story, I actually had a blog 10 years ago when I used to live in Norway, Oslo. I always loved to write and was an early adopter of social media and internet in general. I remember WordPress being so poor that one would most of the time just skip the pictures and write what you were wearing instead. This was the times before smartphones and instgram! But at that time my self-confidence was rather low, and I had a very non-supportive boyfriend at that time who thought blogging was silly and stupid. I remember him being very angry about my blog and therefore I stopped; something I regret today. And a lot of things in life are like that… If you have no support from your surrounding the possibility that you, or at least I, do what I intend to do is very small.
When I look back I regret I let others pull me down and that I didn’t stood up for my dreams and idea. For example; I wanted to move to Manhattan and become a real estate broker. This didn’t happen because I was listening too much to friends who told me me that I could never do that, and I was crazy thinking I could just go there. I even made the broker test and got the highest grade. I made so much effort to reach my dream and never pushed through just because the little voice from my surrounding echoed in my head “you cannot do it…”. When I started my master’s degree I wanted to go to Switzerland for a summer internship and the girl in charge said “do you know how difficult it is to get that internship, I don’t think you can do it”. So in the last month of that first year attending Master’s Degree in Oslo, I had enough and decided to take a semester abroad.
Don’t listen to what others say if the voice inside you says something louder
I became resistant and confident in myself and after the day I came back I made brutal changes in my life; including selling my apartment, breaking up, moving to Switzerland, applying for an internship that no one thought I would get, moved into a new flat and remembering the day I sat in my windowpane in Geneva looking at the Jet d’eau and thinking; this is only the start of something big. Today, I let nothing stop me, I listen to no-one else than the two people I trust the most (my partner and my best friend). That’s it. I have started my blog again and I am onto so many interesting project that I can almost not believe it myself.
Stand up for yourself, everything is possible and go your own way.