There Is Room For Everyone

Last month Kachet, Melinda and I went to San Fran to spend the day together and shoot in the city! The images in today’s post are by the fabulous Rachel Radcliff Photography! She was so sweet and up for any adventure which was so much fun! I can’t wait to show you everything we did that day, but I will save that  another post!

 

Today I wanted to talk about the topic of championing one another and really realizing that there is enough cheese for us all.  There is room for everyone.  Initially when I started blogging I quickly got discouraged by the amount of saturation in the industry. Not only were there thousands of other bloggers but they were all “bigger” than me.  For a long time it paralyzed me from moving forward.  I love fashion, photography, creating and so on.  I just wanted to do it.  Once I felt like I got the green light, I began moving forward the best way I knew how, hesitant and also fearful that I would never cause impact or stand out.

There Is Room For Everyone- We Rise By Lifting others

It’s interesting because I remember at the time, seasoned bloggers would encourage me to focus on my niche and stay in my lane.  In other words, try to distinguish who my target audience is and don’t compare myself to others.  As easy as that is to say, it is really difficult to do.  I still struggle with doing this today.  However, I quickly began to realize that people were paying attention to me, my family and what we were doing.  Over time we grew a following. Regardless of there being thousands of other influencers out there, we were still influencing and standing out.  We started to see that brands worked with both micro and macro influencers.  You don’t have to be necessarily “huge” for brands to pay you and work with you.

There Is Room For Everyone- We Rise By Lifting others

It is absolutely amazing how much people are drawn to realness.  They also are drawn to trying to figure out and make sense of anything that doesn’t make sense.  I am a black girl married to a white man with caramel babies.  I became a nurse when I was 19 and that has been my sole career ever since.  I love Jesus and am very passionate about song writing and leading worship.  I love anything fashion and creatively putting together outfits… the list goes on. This is just a little bit about me that I believe causes people to stop and pay attention.  I think it is important in this industry to really hone in on who you are, what makes you different and how are you going to execute that in a very real and tasteful way.  There is room for you.  More than enough room, but there is also strategy in establishing a form of long term success.

There Is Room For Everyone- We Rise By Lifting others

God has given every single one of us a set of talents.  There are no two people alike.  This is mind blowing if you think about it.  All different, with all kinds of separate DNA.  This is to our advantage.  The minute we stop trying to be a copy-cat and start focusing on the amazingness we have to offer this world, we begin to make impact, we begin to make room for ourselves.  In doing this you begin to realize that we are in no competition with anyone.  We cannot possibly be anyone else.  I am me and you are you.  Champion those around you who have the same goals in mind.  Celebrate with them as they find victory.  Cry with them as they experience loss or disappointment.   If you want to rise, you must lift up those around you.  There is room for you, there is room for me, there is room for everyone.

There Is Room For Everyone- We Rise By Lifting others

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Next week I will be sharing our fun day in SF!! You won’t want to miss this post! I will be highlighting places to eat, stop for coffee and sights to see! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!!

  • Comments ( 50 )

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    Annie

    You ladies are gorgeous! I am loving the white!

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    Molly

    Love this Ruthie and what a great reminder to me to support others and lift others up. You are an inspiring person and that’s why I have loved following your blogging journey. Your joy for God, life, your family, and fashion just shines from what you do. Thank you for sharing this encouraging read!

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      Ruth Ridley

      Molly, you are so kind to me!! Thank you so much for following along, reading and leaving a comment. You are salt and light! I love following YOU!! XO

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    Holly

    I love this post so much! This is definitely a good reminder, and it’s something I have struggled with too as a blogger. Totally agree though that there’s room for everyone! Of course the industry is saturated, but people who make real, valuable, and inspiring content will always stand out! xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

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    Lynne Randolph

    Ruth you are amazing! What an encouragement and inspiration you are to me and others! Love you so much, keep on blogging ❤️❤️

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      Ruth Ridley

      Lynne thank you for the encouragement!! You give me the encouragement to keep going!! Love you!! XO

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    McKenna Trahan

    Such good reminders pretty lady! Love your attitude! xo

    McKenna
    stylewaltz.com

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    Olivia Stacey

    I absolutely love this post. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and uplifting message. It’s amazing how much more we can accomplish when supporting one another. I couldn’t agree with you more! There’s enough sunshine for everyone : )
    xoxo,
    Liv
    http://www.livslookbook.com

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    January Hart Rizzo

    I just LOVE you, Ruthie!! SO much YESS to this post!!! God has a purpose and place for us all….even in an oversaturated fashion blogging industry! We can still make an impact for Him!

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      Ruth Ridley

      Yes we can January and I am SO thankful to be doing this with YOU! I cannot wait to meet you one day and have a cup of coffee and brunch!! LOVE you girl XO

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    Sarah Lindner

    You ladies are all looking so fierce and fab! Love this post!

    xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

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    Nicole Green

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this important message! I think so many people think you have to have a HUGE following to stand out in blogging but just like you said, it’s about being able to tell a story and stand out in the crowd.

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    I love this! You’re so right, everyone is unique and what makes you unique is what makes you stand out from the rest. You don’t need to try to be like one person or another.

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Amen girl. There is totally enough for all of us! Love you all in all white!

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    Caitlin | Beauty & Colour

    Great message and love the dresses!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

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    Molly | Miss Molly Moon

    This is such a wonderful post! I definitely needed to read it, as a smaller blogger. Love your perspective! And you all look fabulous, too!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

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    Megin Shearer

    Gorgeous ladies!!! I love all of your dresses, you all look absolutely stunning!

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    Amanda Kruse

    Love this post! All of you look fabulous in these white dresses!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    Lauryn Hock

    I love that you bring up this topic! Queens see queens

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Looks like a super-fun photo shoot! I love your inspiring words, that are so true! Important to remember, for sure!

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    Marette Flora

    I totally agree that there is room for everyone. Sure, there may be a lot of bloggers, but there is no other you. I agree that people are drawn to realness and as long as you’re yourself, people will respond to it. Great post!

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    Mandi

    Yes girl! I quit blogging for a couple months because of this and by comparing myself and feeling like a failure. I came back this week not caring if I make money or gain a huge audience. I want to do it for myself and BE myself and if anything follows then okay.

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      Ruth Ridley

      I remember needing to take a break for the same reasons!! You are amazing and I love your perspective!!

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    Jess

    Yes, girl!! Working in a female-driven environment (I’m a teacher), it can get downright nasty. I really try to live by this philosophy. Great post. ❤️

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    Debbie Savage

    Ruthie! When, oh when will we get to meet! I love you sister! I am so happy you set foot as being a lifestyle & fashion blogger! When I first started out I was so insecure (still am but working on it) and felt like I was so different and that no one would be inspired by me because of that. I decided to follow this calling and when I came across your blog – I felt so inspired and strengthened. Your story, beauty and content gave me the courage to share my world use my voice for good and just to say “heck with it” and have fun! I am so happy we are taking this journey together! The photo shoot is so awesome! I love the white dresses and you and your girls look so fabulous! Happy 4th!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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      Ruth Ridley

      Debbie I feel the SAME way about you!! Thank you SO Much for always being such a bright light to me!! You are amazing and it is a JOY to follow you and be inspired by your light and work! MUCH love my dear! XO

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    Shannon | Mom Without Labels

    First, you 3 look FAB! Love those white dresses. Second, I was totally nodding along with you the whole time. There really is room for everyone, girl!

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    Jessica Sheppard

    GOALS. Love that post…your heart is pure gold! So inspiring, encouraging and contagious! I feel like I “can do it” after fresh inspo from someone so experienced and knowledgeable. You’re always pushing others forward, cheering them on and celebrating their successes! Grateful for you sister!!!

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      Ruth Ridley

      Jessica, you are gold and you are going allllll the way to the top!! SO excited to watch God use you for impact and influence in His kingdom. You represent him SO WELL.

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    Maggie @ Polished Closets

    What a wonderful post with the best message!! I love it!

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    xoxobellablog

    Such a wonderful post Ruthie!!! Love the images as well.

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    Nataly

    I LOVE, LOVE this post! It is such a great reminder to build one another up! I mean I love the blogging community for so many reasons and most of all it is because of the amazing women that I get to meet!! You all look gorgeous!

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    miriam

    I love this! such a sweet sweet post!

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    Nicole Leffew

    And you have the most beautiful babies! I love this post. I’ll never forget in the beginning when I started, YOU were one of the main bloggers who was so kind to me and I’ll never forget that. xoxo

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      Ruth Ridley

      Nicole don’t make me cry!! I love love love your blog and content!! I am so so excited to see what God does with you in the upcoming months.. you are a STAR!

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    Sue Tanya McHorgh

    You ladies are gorgeous. I love the message in this post.

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    Sydney

    Ruthie, oh my goodness, this is just beautiful. I love the message and I agree 100% these photos are gorgeous and you ladies are just rocking your photoshoot!

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    Jas from My Suitcase Journeys

    Such a wonderful read and you ladies all look stunning! Great message to spread!!

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    Stephanie Whitman

    Oooh girl, this post made tears come to my eyes. I’m so grateful for the impact you’re having in the blogosphere. I remember being so stoked when I found your page. A fellow Jesus-lover is always a friend of mine! It was even better when I realized you included your entire family in your blogging life. So precious. I’ve loved watching you grow and create incredible content. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in the future. These photos are dynamite, by the way. You ladies are some serious stunners!!

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      Ruth Ridley

      You totally made ME cry!! I was thankful to have found YOU and I am so glad we get to grow together!! You are KILLING it and it is pure JOY to see you influence so many in the most beautiful way!! ADORE you my friend!! XOXO

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    Kanani

    I loved this so much I had to tweet it out! The minute we stop trying to be a copy-cat and start focusing on the amazingness we have to offer this world, we begin to make impact, we begin to make room for ourselves. Yasssss preach it!

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    Anna English

    Such a great message! You girls look fabulous!

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    Tuyet

    gorgeous photos, loved how you paired the white dress with the mustard shoes. kimballandkedzie.com

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    Hannah Palamara

    You three look so cute! I love all of your white summer dresses.

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    Hillary

    Comparison is a daily struggle and one the hardest things about blogging. I absolutely love this post! You girls look so pretty!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

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    Sarah K Tripp

    I love this post! It’s so true, there’s room for us all to succeed! xx

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    Lindsay

    I am loving your message! It’s definitely hard not to compare ourselves to others at times, but I’m also so grateful for the friends I’ve made in this community!

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    Kelly @birdieshoots

    There truly is room for everyone and comparison can be so detrimental to bloggers. I know for a lot of us (including myself) I still occasionally fall into the trap of comparing myself to others but, being a part of blogger communities can change this feeling for the better! Great post love!

    Birdie Shoots

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    angelle Marix

    OHHHH MY GOODNESS!!! How I love your big, encouraging, inspiring heart!!! I just know that God destined for you to be a world changer!!!!!!! God winked at me and said “I got you the best girlfriend to be by your side in this blogging journey”!!! Ahhh, honored to call you friend!!

    Love you, Beautiful!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

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    Maggie a la Mode

    This is so fantastic!! I’m obsessed!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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