30 Day Blogging Challenge Update

I was really nervous about starting this challenge. 30 days in a row just didn’t seem feasible for me. Committing to something other than work was really scary lol.

Today is day 30 and I can’t believe the challenge has come to an end. I’ve mentioned a couple times that I’m really enjoying it. The only thing, though, is I thought I’d be farther ahead in my blog schedule. I probably should’ve done the math regarding how far ahead I would get before hand. But oh well. It wasn’t really just about that, it was to see if I could be disciplined enough to accomplish something. And I did!

Even though it was just a small challenge that I created for myself I ended up learning so much from it.

  1. It made me realize how important it is to keep a routine. The saying “we are creatures of habit” is definitely true. We don’t have to keep a routine, but when it comes to productivity it’s definitely best to. Once you really get your stride when you try to make something a habit it’s almost like you crave it.
  2. There is actually something to be shared every single day. I didn’t think I had anything to share, let alone something every day. I kept telling myself that I do the same thing every day – how interesting could that be? So I told myself that if I was going to blog for 30 days straight I needed to find topics. Getting my brain to approach my daily life differently than I normally do has changed my perspective on a lot of things. Not only that but it has kind of pushed me to write about things that I was kinda scared to write about.
  3. If it’s important to you then you’ll make time. When I’m not in the mood I always an excuse for why it didn’t happen. “I’m too tired.” “I don’t have time.” “I’m so busy at work.”  Blah. Blah. Blah. Blogging was one of those things I always made an excuse for. I’ve always been passionate about keeping a journal, scrapbooking, and later, blogging. But it almost felt like a reward. Like I could only do it once everything else on my list was done. At the same time it sort of left like a burden to do – trying to come up with content, graphics for each post, etc. So it was just one excuse after the other that kept me from making time for it. I’m so glad I decided to make it a priority.
  4. Reading posts from a year, two years, even 10 years ago has really been fun for me (and sometimes cringeworthy lol!). Reminiscing and reading what I was feeling at a certain time in my life has been really eye opening. Some of the posts I read are so embarrassing that I’m so tempted to take it down but I’m almost proud of it to see how far I’ve come since then. Some posts from the past were really heartfelt and full of emotion. I surprised myself reading it, it was like an out of body experience. It helps me to relive those moments and be reminded of my journey so far – good and bad. It definitely motivates me to capture and write about the moments I’m living now so I can reminisce in a another 10 years.

Lesson learned – don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to do something you’ve always wanted to try. Even if you need to carve out time to make it happen trust me, if it’s important to you then it’ll be so worth it. Yes, it may not turn out the way you thought it would. Heck, maybe you’ll get lucky and it will. But either way it’ll make you better to knock something off that list.

Xoxo,

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Talking about Difficult Stuff – Transparency

I thought I wasn’t afraid to be an open book. I thought I was being authentically me all day errday.

Nope.

I realized over the course of Ninong’s moving to a new space that there were so many things that I didn’t share that would have been great content because of fear. Fear of admitting that I felt like I was failing, fear of showing my mistakes, fear of sharing the unexpected. 100% fear, actually make that 99% fear and 1% me having no time to share it because I couldn’t move fast enough to get things done.

Looking back it made me think and meditate over it for a while. Why didn’t I share?

In hindsight, now that things are starting to settle down I should have. Actually I probably will in the future. But my point is it made me realize that I don’t share the difficult parts of my life. I mean, yes, there are definitely things that I want to keep private. But the tough stuff. The trenches, the downs, that’s where the “meat and potatoes” is of entrepreneurship.

Being authentic and transparent on the internet is hard. It’s so easy to share things when it’s glamorous, fun, and exciting things are happening. It’s way harder to share when it’s tough. But those tough moments are when it’s more humbling, valuable, and inspiring. When I watch or read about other people’s journeys those hard, vulnerable, authentic, and transparent moments are when they draw me in. They got me hooked cuz I saw some real emotion. But most of all, that’s when I saw the most growth in them.

I want to remember the moments where I pivot, grow, and change.

I don’t want to forget the times that I became better. Those moments where I’m in this dirty, muddy valley where there’s nothing but hardship in sight. Those moments when I think I’m done, it’s all over because this is the end and there’s nothing I can do to make it better. In those moments I forget that it’ll always work out in the end, but it always does. Yes, it might not work out the way I want it to. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, it’s easier to give up. But it’s never over.

So cheers to the hard stuff! The difficult stuff, the valleys, the moments when you think you’re done. Let’s talk about it more, let’s not let fear get in the way of being who we are and what we’re meant to become.

xoxo,

 

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge

I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it.

I feel like 30 days straight of blogging is just too much for me to undertake. Just like any challenge it’s meant to push you to your limit, to show you that there’s more. And that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I’m looking for some motivation, accountability, and a challenge.

By nature I’m a lazy person, a procrastinator. But what makes me get the job done is a sense of urgency. As an entrepreneur it’s difficult for me to motivate myself to get a step ahead. So a way to trick my mind into being productive is to create a challenge to hold me accountable. Then I put it all over social media thinking that my followers care that I stick to it lol. That’s when I get crap done!

So the whole point of this challenge is so I can get ahead of my blog schedule so you actually won’t see posts every day. You’ll see them as I post them (usually Monday/Wednesday/Friday). Another reason I want to get ahead of my posts is so that I can create graphics that are relevant and go well with the topics that I write about. Based on my workflow I work best if I write first and create imagery later.

I’m really excited for this challenge! I’ve done it a few times but never completed it so I’m more determined than ever to be able to do this thing!

xoxo,

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