We don’t always think of change as a good thing. In fact, for many of us, it can be quite scary. What will the unknown bring? Will we be able to adapt? The fear of the new can stop us taking chances altogether – even if they could open new doors for us.
If this is all sounding rather familiar to you, meet style and beauty blogger and Schwarzkopf creator @emmasrectangle. For Emma, embracing change has landed her a dream job creating content and inspiring positivity – while helping her to find herself along the way.
Life is all about seeing endless opportunities in change, whether it's trying out a new hair colour or going for a new promotion at work. We asked Emma to share her top tips for being resilient in the face of any change that comes your way.
“I’ve been through so many changes: career changes; my hair colour has changed; my relationships have changed – it’s totally natural. It’s important to learn how to accept it and enjoy it. The more you fight it, the more unhappy you’ll be.”
“Working in the world of social media, I sometimes face criticism over my decisions, but I don’t let it put me off making the changes I want to make – because nobody knows the reasoning behind my choices but me. That negative energy keeps me on my toes, to make sure I’m not getting lazy in my work.”
“Changing up my hair has allowed me to control how I’m perceived. I’ve had so many different hair looks over the years, from a short bob with a fringe to black hair with a blue streak. I look back at photos from these times and remember how I was feeling and how I wanted the world to see me.”
“Deciding to pursue a path different to the obvious one laid out in front of me was scary. Everybody around me was going to university, and I decided to go and work in a beauty supplies store while I did the groundwork for a career in social media. When I finally decided to do it full-time, it dawned on me: ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve quit my job – I’m relying entirely on myself to make my dreams happen.’ But I went with my gut and did it anyway, and I will never regret that.”
“When I was around 16, I made a video all about body image and learning to love yourself – and now, when I watch that video back, I realise at that age I was still so insecure about how I looked. Now, a lot of the things I discussed in that video I genuinely believe and practise. It’s taken me a long time to learn to accept the many changes my body has gone through and will go through, but it’s all part of the process. Taking it slowly means that I understand what each change has allowed me to realise about myself.”
“The more we talk about the challenges we’re facing, the less intimidating they feel. And even if it might not feel like something positive is happening, opening up to others can help change your perspective on a situation completely. We all struggle with change – but a problem shared is a problem halved.”