Friday, March 9, 2012

On Sacrificing Opportunities

There's nothing more that I want than to break into the fashion/beauty industry and either become an editor or a PR girl. These are things you already know. But I recently (and by recently I really mean a few months ago) had an opportunity to network with some pretty important people. It required travel, and my family was uneasy about letting me venture to a different state alone even though I'm an adult and live on my own during the school year.

That kind of opportunity isn't something you give up. But I always find myself giving things up for my family. I love them so much, but I've gotten to the point where I realize that I'll never achieve my dreams if I keep giving up chances to network with industry insiders. Things like that are not opportunities that you can always get a second chance at...hell, some people aren't lucky enough to get that first shot. I can't continue to settle with the satisfaction of merely "getting a shot," though. I'm hungry for oopportunity. I want to work and I want to move. It's just really hard relaying that to my family. I don't want to come off ungrateful or bitchy or cold. I'm not any of those things (I hope). But, I can't help but worry that they'll feel as though I'm abandoning them or deeming them as "not good enough" by moving away. I suppose I need to be a bit less worrisome and a little more fearless. I don't just want to break into the industry--I need to. Editing or working in PR are the only things I can see myself doing and those things are all I want to do. I realize it's not always going to be glamorous, and it does't have to be. I'm not always glamorous, so I wouldn't expect it from my career choice.

Moral of the story: put yourself first for once. And as cliche as it sounds, you can't put a price on your dreams.

Wishing you success and inspiration,

Elise

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