Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Celebrating Personal Successes

Like most people - especially creative types - I am very hard on myself. I set high expectations for myself, and am often shattered when I don't live up to them, but I honestly think I'm getting better at being nicer to myself. I am acknowledging my achievements more than my failures, and I am learning to accept the fact that I can't do everything perfectly on the first try.

When I step back and take a look at where I am compared to where I've been, my self growth is pretty incredible. I don't mean to sound like a broken record by bringing up how I was raised to believe that I couldn't do anything in life - and, therefore, was never taught any basic skills, such as cooking and laundry - but it's something that has hindered me in ways that I am only starting to realise now.

So I decided to make a change. When you go 20 years thinking you 100% cannot do something, you don't even bother trying, but for me, this year is all about trying new things. It's about proving that I can do anything I set my mind to; that I can be the person I want to be so badly - and that begins with recognising how far I have come already. 

For someone who didn't use an oven or stove before she was already legally an adult, the fact that I now have a blog that focuses a lot on baking and creating in the kitchen is mind-blowing to me. One recipe post that always stands out in my mind is my fairy floss-filled cupcakes that I made back in June 2017. 

It marked so many firsts for me: it was my first original recipe, it was my first photo shoot that I was actually proud of, and it was my first recipe post that actually looked like something you would want to eat! ðŸ˜‚  So when Photowall contacted me and offered to send me a canvas print of the design of my choice, it was a no-brainer what photo I would choose. 

Once I sent them my photo and dimensions, I expected to have to wait a while since it was coming from Sweden, but I was wrong! I got an email on the 18th of December saying that my order was going to print, I got another on the 20th saying my delivery was on its way, and then it arrived on the 24th - talk about service!

Their canvas prints come with a DIY frame, which you'll know is right up my alley. I've been wanting to work on bigger things that are outside of my usual projects, and this was the perfect thing for me to try out. It came with hand screws so no power tools were needed, which I was super happy about it as I am not ready to begin using those yet! 

The instructions were really simple to follow, but unfortunately two of the screw holes on the frame were a few millimetres off so we couldn't completely secure one of the corner brackets, but there was still 14 other screws holding the frame together so we weren't too worried. and it ended up being fine! It's still super sturdy as is.


Now that my print is on display, I feel even more motivated to move forward and work on my abilities. It is the perfect reminder that I do have good ideas, and that I am able to create something out of nothing, and that is something really exciting to realise about yourself. The only thing that stands in my way is myself, and I am no longer going to do that. Here's to celebrating all your personal successes, and using them as inspiration to try new things more often! We've got this ✨

Until next time,
Indya xx

As mentioned above, Photowall were kind enough to send me this print in exchange for a mention on my blog. I chose which photo I wanted and the size, and all words and opinion are my own as always! 

Photowall were also kind enough to give me a discount code for you guys to use! For 20% off your order, just use the code "thesmalladventurercampaign2018". This code is valid until the 28th of February. I'm not making money off this code or anything, it's just a bonus for you guys!