Photo: Photosmile777, Adobestock.

Photo: Photosmile777, Adobestock.

I got my first brand sponsorship when I had about 6k followers on Instagram and still less number of visitors on my blog. It was a clothing brand from Denmark, and they agreed to sponsor my clothes for a trip to New Zealand. I was ecstatic. Even though I had been working very hard on my blog, traveling and creating content for well over two years, it was my first real collaboration.

After I chose the styles I wanted from the brand's website, they sent me a large box in India packed with clothes, shoes, and bags. The next few days I could hardly contain my excitement as I waited for the carton to arrive. I had only about two weeks before I left for New Zealand and wanted to make sure that the clothes fit perfectly. However, something unfortunate happened. When the box finally arrived in India, it got stuck at customs at the New Delhi international airport. Even after making repeated calls to the courier company and trying my best to contact the customs officials, the box was not released. In a last attempt to get my package, I went to the cargo office of the courier company located at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, the same day my flight was leaving for Auckland. I begged the courier company to help me get my package, and after making several requests, I was finally able to speak to somebody in the customs who took pity on me and cleared the box just an hour and fifteen minutes before my flight was scheduled for departure. I rushed with the box to the airport where I hurriedly emptied its contents in my suitcase and was the last passenger to check-in. When I finally reached the departure gate, the flight had already started boarding, and I dropped to my knees in sheer mental exhaustion thanking the Universe for helping me recover my package! This story taught me a valuable lesson. When I finally boarded the flight and settled in my seat, I had this realization that when you work persistently and never give up, your will becomes charged with Divine Will and the Universe helps you accomplish your goals and fulfill your dreams.

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