Washington D.C. Passport - Winter Edition (and giveaway!)
During the summer I was excited to have my DC Passport in hand while getting drinks around the city. If you need a reminder, check out my post here! I was excited when I heard about the Winter Edition of the DC Passport, although with these temperatures I'm not sure if I'll get as many stamps as I did during the summer. LOL. The winter edition of The Passport is accepted at 32 bars and restaurants around the city. That means for $20, you can then get 64 drinks for the price of 32! While grabbing these drinks, you'll also get to check out more than 15 neighborhoods in D.C. There is something else pretty special about the Winter edition of The Passport, it's my first giveaway!
When I started My Letters of Rec, I wasn't very clear on my approach to partnering with various companies and brands. Why would they want to work with me, and how would we work together? Without these answers, I carried on and decided to figure it out along the way. I felt comfortable sharing experiences and products I was using anyway. I started to get to a point, however, where I knew I needed to tap into additional resources. I participated in a webinar by Victoria Reese of The Victor Group on pitching. No, this wasn't about baseball, it was about pitching yourself and your brand to companies. A very insightful, why, when and how solution.
Although I fully grasped the concept and process there was something personal holding me back. The fear of rejection. Yep, my fear of rejection is alive and well. Victoria clearly stated that early on you'll get more no's than yes's when you pitch to companies. But being told "No" isn't the easiest thing for me to handle. This isn't because I'm spoiled (I don't think I am), but because once I hear "No" I begin wondering what I did wrong. And if there is something I am, it is a perfectionist. Which means I'll think about what went wrong for much more time than it deserves and it will eat me up until I find the flaw.
Unfortunately, I let my fear hold me back for longer than I would've liked. Especially because after my first round of pitches, I got a resounding "No" from a brand I thought I'd work well with. After talking with a friend about my blog they asked questions about what would take it to the next level. I knew the answer was working with companies and other brands, and this meant it was time to get over my fear of rejection. I decided to give it another go.
I reached out to the Passport Program and told them how much I LOVED their DC Passport over the summer and shared that I had lots of friends and followers express interest. I proposed either doing a giveaway or getting a discount code to share. I sat on pins and needles after my message was sent, and when I heard back they were on board with doing a giveaway! What an awesome result after deciding to put myself back out there. Ever cooler, I get to share that result with you guys!
New to the giveaway game, I decided to keep the rules simple. Like my giveaway post on Instagram and comment tagging a friend you'd get drinks with. After receiving 37 comments from people that followed the rules, I used a random number generator. The output was the comment number that won, pretty easy. Congratulations @cocoanjj, I'm so excited for you the enjoy the Winter Passport! If you missed the giveaway or didn't win, don't fret! Use the promo code "Buddy" for a discount on your passport.
My Letter of Rec: Don't let your fears keep you from success. Everything isn't easy, for me, dealing with rejection is especially hard. But if we don't look our fears in the face, we often find ourselves stagnant. If you recognize that your fear is holding you back from "the next thing," its time to square up and knock that fear out. The first time may not be a success but keep at it. Once you overcome that fear, it serves as a reminder that you can get past your fears so long as you have the will and determination to do so. To get your winter edition of the Washington D.C. Passport, visit the Passport Program!