What Blogging Has Taught Me!
Today is my one year anniversary since I’ve started my blogging journey. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking of how quickly time has gone by. With that being said, I want to share with you what blogging has taught me in the past year.
I’ve spent years avoiding doing what I want in fear that people would judge, hate me, and ridicule me. Unfortunately, we live in a world that doesn’t allow us to be who we want to be. I cared so much of how people thought of me but once I was pregnant and had Liam, that was thrown out the window. What good would it do if I continue living my life based on other people’s expectations? Would I want Liam being afraid of the world around him? Starting my blog was a way for me to share my personal story and lifestyle, whether people gave a shit or not. I wouldn’t say that I am 100% fearless but I’m willing to take more risks, even if the odds, or people, are against me.
No one, and nothing, has the ability to define me, I DEFINE ME.
Now, don’t confuse being confident with being fearless. For me, being fearless is taking risks and being confident is believing in yourself. If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, you already know that I’m on a mission to promote self-love. To fully love yourself, you must believe in yourself. I’ve learned to give my best in everything that I do. I’ve replaced all my “I can’t’s” with only “I will’s”. As silly as it sounds, being aware of the words that I say to myself, and out loud, has boosted my confidence. It’s all about your attitude, mindset, and loving yourself.
“Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.”
Family and friends will not support you but strangers will.
I’ll repeat that again, family and friends will not support you but strangers will. What do I mean by that? So, of course, I’m not talking about all of my family and friends. I have a handful of people that do support me and give me words of encouragement but most people I personally know don’t give a shit, unless it’s something fun, free, or beneficial.
Once I started blogging, I started using hashtags to promote my pictures, blog posts, and connect with people. Strangers, YES STRANGERS, started following me, leaving the most encouraging and positive comments, or messages, saying how much they relate to me and what I talk about. So not everyone will agree with what I do and how I do it, but some will people will. I’ve learned that the more people are unsupportive or negative about me, the more fire it gives me to power through and prove those suckers wrong.
Consistency has always been a challenge for me, in school, home, and my blog. But the power of consistency is much more important than we think it is. There’s a quote that I’ve engraved in my mind: “You can’t expect to succeed, if you only put in work on the days you feel like it.” Success just doesn’t work that way. Blogging has taught me to make consistency a habit, whether at work or at home. Making habits or a routine will help make things easier, which will benefit your business and family life. Start small like making your bed every morning or exercising every day. The key is do it often and not once in a while.
Some of the habits I’m consistent with are:
♦ Making my bed every morning.
♦ Drinking at least 50 oz of water a day.
♦ Walking 3 miles each day.
♦ Listening to ebooks or motivational talks every morning.
What’s meant to be, will be.
As a blogger, there are opportunities to collaborate with different companies and attend events. What I’ve learned through blogging is that not every opportunity presented is fit for me. I’ve had planned events and collaborations that just didn’t work out. In some way, I feel that it was God’s way of protecting me of what was not for me. I know, within my heart, that there is plenty of good things coming my way, all in perfect timing.
Even in my own life, outside of blogging, some things just haven’t gone the way that I expected. Instead of being a Negative Nancy, I’ve accepted that there is no better opportunity than the one that is right for you.
I’m so fucking proud that I’ve spent the last year, kicking doubt and fear’s ass. My journey with blogging is only just beginning but it has taught me so much about myself. I love what I do and am so happy that I can share it with you all.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!