Old ways won't open new doors

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Life is all about learning. In order to grow we have to be willing to learn.

Life is all about learning. It's a never ending learning process. In order to grow we have to be willing to learn. But not just life is a learning process. Even starting a business or finding out who you are is a learning process. In the past I have endured a lot of trial and errors both on a personal level as well as on my "business level". I don't have anyone around me whom I can really talk to about this whole entrepreneur adventure or whom I can talk to in general. I can only learn from the ones that inspire me and by testing things out for myself.

Like today when I actually sat down, went through my insights, analyzing the hashtags I've been using and then creating a whole new list of hashtags that I will try out.⠀

I don't know where all my energy is coming from at the moment but I love how driven I am and how happy and content it has made me these past weeks. I hope it will stay that way because it feels really good.

-xo, Chantal


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Creativity is my therapy

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Creativity is my therapy. The outcome that no one can see is that it’s relaxing, it calms me down but it also makes me proud and gives me purpose.

I really really love how creative I've been lately. It's a long lost hobby of mine that I'm currently reconnecting with again.

The outcome of my creativity is more than the final pieces I upload on here. The outcome that no one can see is that it's relaxing, it calms me down but it also makes me proud and gives me purpose. I feel like I'm also reconnecting with myself again and I can tell that it makes a difference in me.

I used to be so lost. Last year was tough to say the least. So I guess that's why it means even more to me than anyone who's reading this can imagine. Or maybe they can because they went through the same and can read along the lines.

I hope that whoever might be struggling can and will find their purpose again. ⠀
What makes you feel better?

-xo, Chantal


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Make time for yourself

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Make time for yourself.

The best thing I did for myself during this week so far was when I went on a three hour walk through a nearby forest passing the outsides of a - what they call - forest zoo.

The weather was crazy. It rained, it was very windy and it even snowed for a little while!

Along the walk I got to photograph faded plants and flowers like this one and I also got to explore more of the city I live in.

But what I enjoyed the most was how happy this made me. It almost felt like a little vacation to me, even though the forest is basically just a five minute walk away.

What's the best thing you did for yourself this week so far?⠀

-xo, Chantal


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Stop doubting yourself

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Doubts will kill more dreams than failure ever will.

Doubts are probably my own worst enemy. In the past there were so many times where I doubted me, myself, my business, my dreams and goals.

I believed that I wasn't good enough and I most definitely started to believe that I shouldn't jump into the world of entrepreneurship because other people in my niche are better than I am.

And I mean that's true. Sort of. But the way I look at it now is that others might be "better" but only in this moment. And that this wouldn't mean that I won't be able to become that good. What I also realized was that they all started somewhere. Yes, some of them are ahead of me, but they all started from zero. Always educating themselves. Always working on themselves.

And I just wasn't there yet. Because I didn't work on myself but pitied myself.

They say with the right mindset you can achieve anything. I never believed in this.

But now as I am reflecting what I did wrong in the past, all I can say is "mindset really does matter." And all I can say is, that you gotta believe in your dreams and work hard for them!

PS: how do you love this photo? I find it hard to believe that we had so much sun back in November when I was on vacation.

PPS: what's your biggest enemy?

-xo, Chantal


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Focus on your goal

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Focus on your goal.

Sometimes we get so lost on our way to reaching our goals we once set for ourselves because we get distracted. Distracted by social media scrolling hours and hours through numerous accounts, subconsciously comparing ourselves to other feeds. Comparing us so much that we start to think that we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not making enough content, not getting enough likes. I can relate because I used to compare myself as well.

I think it's fatal for anyone and I think it can be fatal for anyone who is starting their own business. Just because there are a hundred other VAs or other graphic designers, photographers, bloggers and artists out there who offer the same or similar things as you do, doesn't mean that YOU don't have nor give any value.

I have just as much value. I matter just as much and I'm just as great with the skills I have. And so are you.

And while I used to get so caught up in comparing myself I decided to just not do it anymore. As soon as I feel like I do, I snap right back out of it, put the phone aside, tell myself that what I do is just as great and focus on what mattered the most in the first place. My goals and my business. And that keeps me motivated.

Do you find yourself comparing you/your business to others? If so, what do you do to stop that? Let me know.

-xo, Chantal


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Freedom & Happiness

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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

I stumbled across this quote a few days ago and for some reason it really hit me. Right now I have a regular office job. It's stressful, it's fun and not a single day is the same as the previous day. •

However, this isn't what I see myself doing for the rest of my life. I don't want to do the same things day in and day out for the rest of my life feeling like I'm missing out on so much.

Freedom is what I'm seeking and I can get that by doing what I love and enjoy the most, e.g. creating content, taking pictures + editing them. BEING CREATIVE. At my own pace, whenever, while listening and singing along to great songs or go on adventures whenever I please not having to fill out some sort of holiday request. The more I think about it the more I realize that this is what I like doing and that is what's giving me happiness and the type of freedom I'm looking for.

So if you are like me and you feel like you are stuck in the position you are in, try to find out WHY and WHAT is making you unhappy and change that. Even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone because that is what I'm currently doing as well. I'm sure my future self will thank me for that

Is there anything that's making you unhappy? Message me if you want to chat. I'm not gonna sell anything to you I promise. I just want to help you out.

Oh, buuut..! Soon this picture will be available on my website as a free downloadable wallpaper for your laptop because I feel like a lot of other people could use this sort of inspiration. okay, I guess NOW I sort of sold something to you. But it's free and who doesn't like free things, right!? xo - Chantal


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Stay positive, work hard & make it happen

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Stay positive, work hard and make it happen.

That is something I have to keep telling myself over and over again. I used to get so lost in social media. Days, weeks or months of endless scrolling through Instagram. What happened was that I started to compare myself - my business - and my services with others. As a result: I got discouraged. I stopped believing in myself and started to believe that I'm not as good, that I don't have good skills and that I don't have anything to offer eventhough deep down I KNOW I have something to offer, too and that I DO have the skills.

I think what I did wrong in the very beginning was I offered too many services. What I thought was "okay..I can do this, this, this and that and I'm gonna offer it all!" Well, what happened was I got discouraged, I felt lost, I felt like I didn't give any value and I felt like I was going to fail.

Instead I should have just asked myself: what do I LOVE doing the most, what do I enjoy the most and how can others benefit from it?

Literally at the end of 2018 is when I reconnected with my goals and missions and I think I came out stronger than ever. I can't wait to share my new website with you!!

Oh and before I forget: Stop.comparing.yourself. Especially not with others on social media!

-xo, Chantal


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There will never be a perfect time

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Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

All my life it has basically been like that. I have always been waiting for the "right time". The right time to travel, the right time to chase my dreams, the right time to do what I want....And I have always found excuses why I couldn't do xyz at that time because each time I got told that I should wait. But wait for what? For good weather? As a result I believed that it " wasn't the right time" when clearly it was and it made me miss out on so so many opportunities.

So who exactly defines THE right time? There is not that ONE right time.

YOU are the only one who gets to decide when the right time for you is. Like the right time for you to travel the world or the right time for you to start your business. Your family or friends or whoever is close to you don't get to define that and if they don't understand that than that's okay too. They don't know it any better if they don't have the same mindset as you have and you have to keep reminding yourself of this. You have an idea, you have the skills and you have what it takes. YOU.GOT.THIS.

After a lot of trial and error, unhappiness, comparisons to other accounts here on Instagram and a lot of self doubt I asked myself why I wanted to have my own business in the first place and with the right mindset I found my reasons again which made me realize that MY right time is now.

When was the moment where you realized that this was YOUR right time? What is currently holding you back? Let me know. I wanna connect.

-xo, Chantal


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Chase your dreams

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“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.”

For years I have been dreaming about being my own boss. I can't stand the thought of having to work a 9-5 office job in the SAME office, looking out of the SAME window, having the SAME daily routine day in and day out. The thought of having to do this for the next 40 some years kills me. I believe there's more to life than just that. I have had a few jobs here and there as a teenager. None of them made me happy and while I currently work in an environment where a lot of different things happen each day, I plan on leaving that office job at the end of 2019. So basically in a year from now.

The past two years I have been figuring out a way on how I could do that. How could I pursue my dream of being self employed, working wherever and whenever I please. Go on vacation when I want to and go through MY day the way how I wanted it while also not giving up on my dream because of the self doubts I have due to my depression. And that's when I realized I had to find my passion and I had to find the right mindset.

Fast forward...Here I am now. I have already made the first steps. I have a vision, a dream to pursue, the skills I need for the services I offer, I have a website but the biggest thing I have is courage. Courage to keep going when no one believes in me. Courage to keep going when I dont believe in myself. Courage to chase my dream and to leave the corporate world behind in a year from now.

I'll always have to be my number one fan in this journey. Even when times get tough. So in the end, you can have all the skills, dreams and visions. If you don't have the right mindset then you won't make it far and that is when you will fail. So not having the right mindset is not an option

What's your biggest fear in your journey of being self-employed?

- xo, Chantal


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Who is behind herprettybravesoul?

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Hi, I am Chantal the founder and the owner of herprettybravesoul.

I am so happy to meet you!

You are probably wondering what you will find here. So let me sum it up for you:

herprettybravesoul is my little fair share of the internet world where I will showcase my art through photography, social media designs and other good things. You can even benefit from it because I have a lot of freebies on my website! Additionally you can find a few personal blog posts here and there.

Besides that my mission is to create a happy place where creative minds and others with the same interests come together become genuine friends, hang out and have a good time together and I’d be thrilled to count you in!

Here are some facts about me

1. I love dogs..

2. Pizza, chocolate and ice cream..

3. Good music. That can be anything. Rap, Country, Rock, Soul, RnB. It just has to be good!…

4. The beach, ocean and anything related to water as it calms me down.

5. I spend 3 weeks in New York City and I have a bracelet with coordinates of a special place in NYC.

What I love (doing) the most:

Traveling, when women support women, a group of people where we lift each other up instead of knocking each other down, photography, being creative e.g. putting together moodboards - spending hours on lightroom editing beautiful pictures, kindness, spending time with my grandma.

Really I am a lot of things. A friend. A best friend. A partner in crime. A social media manager. A photographer. A designer. A creative individual. That type of girl who can spend hours and hours editing beautiful pictures and creating presets on adobe lightroom, while listening to episodes of modern family or singing along countless numbers of songs. I believe in supporting one another.

But I also know that I am more than that because I'm also funny, introvert, a good listener and a sucker for soul music. Who are you and what do you think describes you the best?

If you like and believe in the same things, hit me up. I’d love to chat with you and become friends with you! - xo Chantal


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