$85 dollars story

Happy Sunday lovers ..

I’d like to take this time today to go down memory lane to when I started blogging full time in 2016. I love thinking back to when I started because it truly reminds me of the struggles and blessings I’ve had encountered to get where I am. It’s not easy to want something so bad and never truly knowing how hard it can actually be.

I share this with you all to encourage you that everything is possible when you believe in your purpose and more so in yourself.

So let’s go back for a second, in 2016 an opportunity came to me for Instagram post. At the moment any money was good money. I had just quit my job and I needed every little single penny that came my way.

I shared with the brand my fee, which was reasonable but they came back saying they only could pay me $85 dollars. For me it definitely did not work because $50 alone was for the photo shoot so in total I would make $15 dollars.

However, I said yes. I received the product and scheduled a shoot. I remember around that time I was going through a lot personally and financially. I was not in a good place to shoot but hey I already had committed. The shoot turned out to be pretty amazing, the client approved my work, and I was scheduled to post.

My first reaction was why post at 2pm as brand wanted me to? It’s going to be at my worst engagement time, but I was proven wrong. This picture had the most likes on my IG of all time and the most comments about 500 plus. I was in shock but at the same time very satisfied with my delivery.

I truly only got paid $15 but I managed to post something of good quality and the satisfaction was worth far more to me.

It came to my attention that the campaign was also offered to other bloggers and they received a much more significant budget. It upset me to know that I was not considered so highly but In the end I still delivered my best work like I always try to do. This is one of the reasons why I pay for my photos, because it’s always been about quality for me.

A few months later the brand reached out to my management company for another potential campaign and with a nicer budget that would not only pay for photos but I would get to enjoy and cover a few bills with. Shortly after about two more campaigns with them came within the same year and the year after.

That first campaign led to open up 6 other campaigns with the same brand. Their budget was amazing and it allowed me to know my worth in this industry. I’m proud of the decision I made of investing the money earned to reliever great quality. I could have easily taken a photo with my phone, kept the $50 and possibly never had another chance to work with them again. Give yourself and your work worth and quality, it’ll double your earnings if not triple. Invest.

I’m so glad I can share stories like this because it motives me to keep going especially this time around. I hope to inspire you to stop analyzing dollar bills and start analyzing how you are going to deliver your passion with quality. Money will follow, but first build yourself and your platform.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Skirt and sweater are from Aritzia. My boots are from Windsor store, the pin and bag, Chanel. A little Balance combo here. Love mixing high and lows.



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    February 25, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    So inspiring this advice you can use it in any industry you’re in thank you for it. I feel it was the answer that I need for what I’m going through in my own career. 🙏🏾

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    Tina Abney
    February 25, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Very inspiring!!!!

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    February 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Light! You are beautiful inside & out. Love & blessings💛🙏🏼✨

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    Miriam Reid
    February 25, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Great advice. Definitely taking it in as I myself am venturing out into the blogger world lol. You look beautiful as always……I love me a pleated skirt…..its so classy and feminine but can be styled in so many ways up or down. Thank you again💜😉

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    February 25, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Cada día nos inspiras un poco más.. Eres increíble.. Te admiro mucho

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    February 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful as always Diva!!

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    Brittany J
    February 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    You have no idea how much I needed this reminder. Thank you!

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    February 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Geeat testimony! Keep letting your light and strength shine.

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    Michael C Thomas
    February 25, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing extremely inspiring.
    Peace and Blessings

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    February 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    This: “Give yourself and your work worth and quality, it’ll double your earnings if not triple. Invest.”; “Money will follow, but first build yourself and your platform.” Thank you, Kyrzayda, always. God bless and may He give you His best!

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    February 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Right on time with this post. I actually have been struggling with which way to go with my blog, because is a lot to do, learn, and many decisions to make, but it is worth it. Great post

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    February 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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    February 25, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    You are an amazing soul and you demonstrate where passion and hard work take you💕

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    February 26, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Kyrzada you are so Amazing and inspiring and this is such an awesome story! Keep Slaying girlfriend!!! 🙌🏽😍🙏🏽❤️✨

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    Ewa Macherowska
    February 26, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Perfect look dear <3

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    February 26, 2018 at 2:38 am

    I needed to read this. So true and so challenging

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    Roketa Dumas
    February 26, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I’ve been evening and weekend blogging for a year, wanting to do it full time, but “when the time was right”. I was laid off from my full time position the week before last, luckily with a month’s severance, and even though I need every penny I can get, I have plans for the very thing you mentioned. I’m going full time with blogging and using the majority of that money to invest in myself, my brand, and a photographer to capture just the right look. I want to make sure I’m building relationships with brands and PR agencies as well as providing them with quality work. Thank you for such an inspiring post.

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    Charmaine Charmant
    February 26, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I really loved this one! It’s sometimes easy to forget that investing in yourself and the quality of your work is important. It becomes so easy to cut corners sometimes. Thanks for the wise words lovely!! You’re the best!

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    March 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Where can we find thee clothes for Sale ?????

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    March 8, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, keep sharing and keep inspiring us!!

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    Stefania Paulette Blog
    March 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm

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    March 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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