I had a mentor session with someone I really look up to, the other day. I went in just kind of ready to hear anything and everything, but to also be open about my concerns and with any questions I might have. It was a photography mentor session, but it sparked something inside of me that I have never ever thought about before.
Trying to find an image where you feel like your true self is actually represented is difficult! Haha ↑↑↑↑ Thanks Shayster for being in my life!
While we were talking about branding, we talked about how branding is more than just a website design and pretty stationary. It’s who you are! Later that night (same day that President Nelson became the Prophet of the LDS Church), I decided to listen to President Nelson’s latest talk. In the beginning of the talk, he shares a story about meeting a king. And the king asks him, “Just who are you?”
I paused the video to really think about that question and how it tied into what I had just learned earlier that morning in my mentor session. It ties perfectly with branding.
Just who are you?
My mentor mentioned (I’ll probably blog about my mentor session later) that with my personal blog, I already have a brand. A brand? Me? I have never looked at my blog and thought that I had a brand. That people know me for something, or that they keep coming back for more because there is something about me that they love. And when I speak, they listen. The more I thought about it, the more I began to see the same thing.
Now, I’m not saying I have all of these blog readers or followers, but I do know some people who read my blog, who support me. Who know me because they read my blog. They know what I love, what I hate, and are somehow moved by what I have to say. But what is my brand?? JUST WHO AM I? I’ve never asked myself that. I’ve never thought about a brand here and what it is. But that’s the thing. It’s who I am. I am 110% myself on this blog. I am open, honest, and share what I care about most. I embrace who I am, my struggles and my successes.
That is one thing I’ve tried to do this last year. Figure out who I am. Who I am, well who I think I am, is different than what others think I am. And I have been trying to be who I think others think I should be or am. But I’m ready to change that. I want people to know me… the real me, right from the start! Like in that first picture in this post. I’m crazy fun, loud, laugh a lot, outgoing, jokester, and I love being around people. I want that to be my brand. I want my brand to be everything that nobody has seen yet.
But exactly how do I execute that? That’s where I’m at in my branding. I learned a big life lesson in my mentor session and I’m so grateful for the timing and the things we discussed. I feel like it opened a completely new door to a new perspective that I’ve been searching for for a long time!! So I’m keeping that simple question in mind from here on out. Just who are you?