It’s been really hard to be a creative this month - especially while trying to plan my promise ring party. For those who didn’t watch my story or are still confused about what that even is - well, it’s like an engagement without the engagement. But even then, it’s just as much work, effort, and stress as any other relationship-related ceremony or party. I’ve spent the last month running around venues, getting my dress straps fixed (don’t ask...), and planning accommodations for all the friends and family flying in. I’m a constant bundle of nerves. But I keep reminding myself that, pretty soon, I’ll get to have a picture just like this one. And I’ll get to experience the joy that my couples feel when I take their photos. And I get my own person who loves and appreciates me and all my brownness, queerness, loudness, nerdiness, and creativeness...
Alright, show’s over, kids and lids. Ignore my emotions and just show this post some love.
"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." -Napoleon Hill
Lately people have been asking me often for advice about how to create a successful online business and travel fulltime, the way that I have been doing since 2009, and I don't really know what to tell them. I don't have any special blueprints or magic pills to offer, and everyone is different. My life today is the result of many years of failure and a long succession of stupid decisions. I throw myself willingly into the fire of experience and let it mold me.
Another way to look at it is, if you are doing sales, and you set a goal to fail 200 times per day. If 190 people say no to you, but 10 people say yes, then you've made 300 sales in one month. But very few people are willing to fail 1,900 times a month.
Now multiply this by a decade, and you can see why those who are willing to get their hands dirty and fall on their face over and over again begin to distance themselves.
Is it worth it? I definitely think so. I can't imagine living my life any way else, and the real failure is not rejection or making no sales of a product. It's never taking a chance.
Photo: inside the massive stone citadel of Mehrangarh, Jodphur... A fortress that has never been conquered by any foe 😲
What my weekends have been looking like lately ☺️.
Literally @melly_belly_2 is the only girl that has me laughing until my eyes water on a consistent bases. I don’t know what I did to deserve you...I think it was that time I helped that little kid find his parents at the fair. Idk, all I know is my life before you was pretty badass but my life is infinitely better along side you. #MarkandMelDoLife