Hello all! I’m aware that I’ve not really been active in this area for a few weeks. My apologies for this. It’s really not because I’ve had anything to say or anything going on either. There’s a whole bunch of things happening for me right now, some quietly building, others coming to a conclusion and lots of lovely personal photo shoots too. All of which actually lead rather well into today’s blog topic.
There’s been a fair amount of Christmas preparation going on with some more commerical photography-based projects, for me and for others. On the whole these are now sorted and ready to launch on their specific days and platforms.
Before you say it, I know, don’t go there, I know it’s only early November… I can tell you that shooting Christmas themed projects in September and October was WELL outside my comfort zone. I’m the girl that loves Christmas in the house to start around the 20th of December and then it runs the 12 days and that’s it. I do love Christmas very much but I guess I’m a bit of a traditionalist in that way. Personally I just enjoy it in that one big hit, it makes me feel more festive if I wait…
Anyway, what’s all this got to do with Grabbing Opportunities?
Well, I’m going to take you back to late summer when I was extremely thrilled to be asked to provide an article for the Hiho Silver Country Show Journal. If you read that article (you did…. didn’t you…?) then you’ll know that I’ve been a fan, buyer and wearer of Hiho products for a number of years. I was approached again in early autumn by Hiho to see if I’d be interested in working with them on a new campaign. I have to say initially I was shocked, but after speaking with the team behind the scenes I understood why they’d chosen me for this specific campaign. I grabbed the chance with both hands and in fact for a while there I thought I was going to just jump in the car and drive to their head office there and then and hug them all for asking.
I did restrain myself(!)
In that same week the opportunity to work alongside Ariat came up after a bit of a nudge in the right direction. This time though it was actually driven from my side towards Ariat, another company I’ve loved for a very long time and have personally chosen to wear across a wide range of products. When they agreed to work with me it felt incredible. I felt invincible if I’m honest…. There will be more on the resulting Facebook competition in a later blog – so keep an eye out for that one.
From here lots of other lovely things have been discussed or planned and I’ve mostly been able to say yes too. I’ve looked at each opportunity carefully, considered it from all angles and both parties perspect and where it’s made sense to pursue or grab, I’ve gone for it.
You’ve probably now got this far in the blog and thought, “well this is all very nice Rachel but really, why would I be interested in this”.
Simple…. I’m writing this blog as I’d really love you to have the same fuzzy feeling I’ve had!
Whatever is going on in your life today, whatever it is you are personally striving for; it is perfectly possible to create opportunities that may lead you somewhere especially exciting for you too!
Yep, you’ll probably have to work hard at it. You’ll definitely want to play fairly and always ensure you are doing it for the right reasons. If what you want to do or achieve requires others then make sure it’s with the right people too.
If there is something you’ve always wanted to do and the opportunity comes your way then I whole-heartedly suggest you step on to the path to making it happen.
That could be anything from going to a sumptuous restaurant you’ve always fancied, giving yourself a real competitive aim for the year. Maybe there’s a brand of saddle you’ve always wanted or maybe it’s as simple as photographs of you and your horse together or riding down the beach.
It’s probably the biggest cliche of them all, but we seriously really only have one life.
So grab opportunities that work for you with both hands, kick back and enjoy the ride!!
Have a fabulous week ahead!