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Rejection & Acceptance: What they look like

It was one of those weeks where rejection and acceptance played the “two steps forward, two steps back” dance.

First, a rejection:

This is what rejection looks like.

And then, the doorbell rang–“Are you expecting anyone?”, Francisco asked–and I found the UPS man downstairs with a package addressed to me.

The Fodor’s Puerto Rico guide!

And this is what acceptance looks like--a year later, in its final version.

Yes, I know this photo is crappy; I took it all excited like, without any thought for technique or form. But this is one of my features! And look… it has my name there and everything!

That was definitely a sweet way to end a very weird week. And the news that five of Francisco’s photos were included the guide was extra swell.

If your life looks more like the first photo than the second, just keep plugging away.

You’ll get there.

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17 responses »

  1. It’s such a good summary of the lows, and highs, of freelance work. Such elation when it works out, but my god, the lows can be so soul-crushing. Your advice is the only way to make it work, just keep on truckin’ on the path you want to take.

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  2. Congrats on the guide – very exciting 😉

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  3. Congratulations! That’s fantastic and so exciting.

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  4. Volunteer Before You Die™ Network

    I’m plugging. I’m plugging. Meantime congrats to you! Good show.

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  5. Ahh. That definately sounds like my life right now: “two steps forward, two steps back.”

    Congrats on the guide! That is really, really exciting! (And definately worth, like, 10 steps) 🙂

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  6. Congrats on the guide! Must be so great to see your work in print and color, especially after waiting so long from the time you sent in the text to print. Enjoy!

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  7. Congrats on the guide – that is SO exciting! If I ever go to Puerto Rico, I know which guide I’ll be taking. : )

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  8. Woot – go Julie!

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  9. Congratulations! 🙂

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  10. Congrats on the guide Julie! So awesome that you have a feature in Fodor’s! 😀

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  11. This post is such a great illustration of ‘the life.’ Congratulations on the guide.

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  12. Congratulations Julie & Francisco on your Fodor’s PR book! Definitely 10 steps forward 🙂

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  13. Congratulations Julie!

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  14. Magnificent! And personally I love the photo – it so captures the soul of Salsa – beautiful, exciting, frenetic, never still – it looks real, not staged, and the colors are very passionate, so it fits.

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  15. Congrats on the guide!

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  16. here’s to you Julie! (*gulp, swig, smile!!)

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