Why I am no longer a brand ambassador

Welp, guess I really didn’t feel like participating in life for awhile. Ha! {See last post}

Let’s catch up on some things I’ve been up to this week.

I celebrated 12 weeks post op with an aqua aerobics class, short walk and coffee.

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Decided to challenge myself with the Bosu ball. Basically I balance on each leg, time it and try to beat it next time. It’s actually a lot of fun and I can see the muscle imbalance improving. My left leg (surgery side) is getting stronger & more stable each time!

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Watched a lot of Gilmore Girls with Bam. It’s almost over and that makes me really sad. Anyone have a suggestion on what to watch next? Mike votes Parenthood. PS Bam is thrilled, ain’t he?

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Wine tasting at our favorite, Joyce with this bundle of joy.

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Annnnnd I finally got to go back to work!!!!!! #bestdayever

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Now that you know everything 🙂 let’s talk about why I choose not to renew my brand ambassadorships for 2015.

I have always sought out partnerships with brands I truly love, have purchased and believe in. They were naturally integrated in the blog, and I enjoyed sharing my love for them with you guys.

I’m never trying to be offensive, but I felt like I couldn’t just be myself. I was always thinking I can’t say that, what if ____ company gets mad?  Now I don’t feel the need to dilute myself.

I also would find out about other great products but didn’t feel right sharing because they were a conflict of interest. It would happen all the time. A company would approach me and want me to review a new product, but I was an ambassador for a company that was thinking about, maybe, in the distant future, possibly, but not right away coming out with that same thing, but different. It drove me bat shit crazy!

For example, last fall Pearl iZumi surprised me with a pair of their latest running shoes. Though I never ran in them (surgery) I wore them and really like them a lot. It never dawned on me to try that brand for running shoes! But I didn’t feel it was in good taste to share them with you, and that’s when started to feel like I was cornering myself with ambassadorships.

Although brands never told me what I had to blog about, or made specific demands of me, I always felt the need to overachieve in everything I do. I would always think to myself, did I put that hashtag in there today? Did I mention that new line?

I started to feel like my blog was becoming a commercial right in the middle of my favorite show. (Another reason I love Netflix!)

So I decided to end all ambassadorships in 2015 and open myself up to new opportunities. I am excited to try new brands I never thought of and see what doors open.

I am not saying anything negative about ambassadorships at all, I think they are fantastic for the right person and who knows, maybe I will change my mind for 2016. But for now I am enjoying the freedom of doing what I want.

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When this little ol blog became a job, I became that girl that felt the need to make the boss happy. Now I realize that Bam is my only boss, and that is just fine with me. He’s demanding and kind of a dick.

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11 Comments on “Why I am no longer a brand ambassador

  1. ahhh! His little spots are so cute!
    I’ve never done advertising on my blog because I’ve never enjoyed advertising in general. haha. I also haven’t ever wanted to have my blog be my job. It’s my hobby and I don’t want to feel tied down. Totally understand your viewpoint! Maybe some day I’ll do advertising on my ol’ blog but it’s hasn’t been in the cards for the last 4 years.
    Congrats on going back to work!

  2. So glad you made it back to work!
    You had me wondering if you were keeping up with your ambassadorships….
    As always, you have my mad respect.

  3. Good for you girl! Not gonna lie, I’d love to be a brand ambassador, but I can completely see where you’d feel limited…especially if a new product/brand popped up! I like that you’re staying true to you for 2015! xoxo, ganeeban

  4. I second Mike and also vote Parenthood! You will love it!

    And there is enough BS in the world that makes us second guess ourselves or challenge our desires to be honest and authentic, so I totally get your rationale for freeing yourself from brand ambassadorship. Freedom to be yourself is invaluable!

  5. Good for you!

    I also want to say that your blog has been a big inspiration as this year i am really make an effort to get into (and stay) in shape/live healthier. I have been reading it for a few years and always appreciate your honest approach to blogging.

  6. Interesting! I have not done a ton of adverts or ambassadorships on my blog because of the demands of my other job at the Y, which I love. I love to blog, and I love the little opportunities I’ve had, but I’m small potatoes compared to you guys! Maybe one day! But this is a good reminder not to be overtaken by ambassadorships!

  7. Keeping true to who you are! One of the many reasons I love you! I have never accepted a brand ambassadorship bc of these exact reasons!!!!!! Love you girl! So glad you made it back to work! Take care of you!

  8. I feel the same way, I don’t like being tied down to a brand, especially when there are so many new and awesome brands to find 🙂 Pearl makes some pretty rad shorts I want to try too 🙂 Glad you’re branching out and enjoying it!

  9. Found your blog through Running Southern what a great view on ambassadorships. I’m fairly new to blogging and this perspective is truly helpful. Thank you for sharing and you can thank RS for sending me your way! 🙂

  10. This is such a refreshing take on the relationship between brands and bloggers. Hooray for being your own boss (kinda) 🙂 – Sue

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