Chasing your Dreams - A Pep Talk From Dani

Hi angels,
My name is Dani Bogatie and I’m a fashion blogger/ micro-influencer / new YouTuber with a passion for styling, beauty, and spreading self-love.
I am introducing myself, because in this article I want to talk about chasing your dreams, and I thought discussing mine would be an appropriate place to start.
This year has been my first year out of high school, and like most graduates, I began the year feeling lost and confused about my future. The question ‘what am I doing with my life’ got thrown around in many different forms, and by many different people. The pressure to have your life figured out at such a young age is ridiculous, but that’s for another article.
It wasn’t until March this year, that I discovered a passion for sharing my outfits and lifestyle online. Since then, I have built up a small but growing following and found my creative niche. Needless to say, the dream of turning this ‘hobby’ into full time job was born.
A few days ago, I decided to ask my followers about their dreams. I posed the question, ‘what are you currently dreaming about doing’ and followed it with ‘what’s stopping you?’
To my first question, I received a variety of widely different responses, such as: starting a YouTube channel, travelling, pursuing photography, modelling and moving out of home. In response to my second question, ‘what’s stopping you’, I was shocked to note that everyone’s answer was almost exactly the same - fear of being judged.
It’s interesting to think about the fact that everyone has a different dream, a secret passion or goal, yet we’re all united in our fear of judgement.
I am confident in stating that we have all experienced this fear at some point in our lives. Perhaps you experience it from time to time, or maybe, like myself, you feel it every day. Regardless, I am not going to tell you to ‘stop worrying’ about what people think of you, or that you won’t be judged.
Instead, I want to encourage you to accept that people ARE going to judge you. Yes, you read that correctly. PEOPLE WILL JUDGE YOU.
People are going to judge you no matter what you do. Whether you get a new tattoo, or have avo toast for lunch, or take up surfing, there are always going to be people out there who want to make a judgment on your life and your decisions.
I’m here to tell you to do it anyway. Make a start on your dreams, right now. Stop putting it off until you graduate from university, or grow your confidence, or have more money saved, or whatever other excuse you’re using, because I can promise you, it is an excuse.
Start right now! Write down your goals, create a plan, and use that fear of judgment as motivation to prove to yourself that you can do it! You can do anything you set your mind to, and you owe it to yourself to start.
I began this year too scared to even sit down in front of a camera, and now I comfortably vlog my days and share my life. Every day that you take a step towards achieving your dreams, it gets easier. Your passion will grow and your soul will ignite and your desire to live life to the fullest will flourish.
It is your right and responsibility to make the most out of this life, and chase after everything that excites you. You deserve to live a passionate, fulfilling life, and I’m telling you that you’re capable.
All you have to do is start…