What Blogging Has Taught Me

11 years. of blogging. WHAT?!

I can’t believe my first blog post was written in January of 2007. I owned a wedding planning business at the time – Daydreamer Events. It was my first business and I wanted so badly to be this successful entrepreneur. I was almost 3 years into owning my business, I was young and ambitious, but I was also intimidated and had no confidence. Can you blame me?! I was 21 years old lol!

11 years of blogging. WHAAAA?!

In my 11 years of blogging I’ve learned so much about myself – personally and professionally. I’ve seen life in a perspective that I never would have otherwise. I’ve seen the landscape of blogging change from its early days to what it is now. It’s crazy to see how I’ve adapted and changed as the blogging industry changed. I originally started my blog as a resource and sales tool to promote my business. A portfolio of my work almost. But as time went on I had more courage to share more personal things. As much as I wanted to keep it professional I couldn’t help but want to write about my life outside of work too. It quickly became a place where I found peace and a sense of self.

Blogging has given me courage that I never thought I had.

It’s so hard to be yourself, I mean truly yourself, especially at the risk of ridicule. I’ve always thought I was an open book. I thought I didn’t have anything to hide. But I quickly realized that there were certain things that I was afraid of sharing. Things like my opinions, fears, and hardships. When I started to really dig deep and ask why I realized it’s because I’m scared of what others would say or think of me. I’ve always had this fear of not being accepted and its held me back in so many ways. But as I’ve grown older and as I’ve lived more life experiences I care less and less what people think. A goal I have for this year is to live a bold life – unashamed of who I am. Blogging, among other things, has given me the courage to do that.

Blogging has been a place I can reflect on my journey.

I’m so glad I started blogging when I did. I look back on posts often and I love to reminisce. Blogging has given me the opportunity to have a chronicle of my adult life. It’s given me an opportunity to learn from looking back.

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Word for 2018

Happy new year, Friends!

If you‘be been following me around in the last couple years you’ll now that ever year I choose a word the sets the tone for the upcoming 12 months. Last year, my word of the year was “Forward” and the year definitely lived up to its name.

In 2017 I laid a foundation for the current year. A lot of work had been done in 2017 to hopefully make 2018 the best year yet!

I’ve been thinking about what my word for 2018 would be for months now. I know this might seem silly but it’s a big deal to me. I just feel like it’s really important for me to have a running theme. Before I reveal my word for 2018 I’d like to lay a little bit of back story on how I chose it.

In October and November I reflected extensively on the past year. I set my goals based on what I have accomplished, what I didn’t get to cross off my list, and the foundation I set for the upcoming years. Because of that, I realized that this year’s word for 2018 is BUILD.

* I want to build a happy family with my husband

* I want to build successful businesses

* I want to build my relationship with God and involve Him in everything I do

* I want to build relationships with people

* I want to build confidence in myself

What is your word for the year?

Xoxo,

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Why Winging it Doesn’t Always Work

I’ve always been the type to “wing it.” I work well under pressure and  come up with my best ideas when the going gets tough.

My process of thinking is really hard to explain. I’m organized and messy at the same time. My mind is extremely messy, a million thoughts running through my head constantly. I’m very spontaneous. if one of the million ideas in my head sounds like an excellent idea (good isn’t good enough, got to be excellent lol) I jump in head first without really hesitating. But while being spontaneous is a lot of fun, it isn’t really good for business – specifically business growth.

Photo by: Matt Henry Photo

Running 4 businesses isn’t easy. Almost every minute of my waking day (actually sometimes even when I’m asleep) I am being pulled in so many different directions. My email inbox alone holds new challenges and problems that need to be solved. I come across lots of different people every single day (restaurant work perks). Because of this the possibility of new opportunities arise every day. Not to mention the endless possibilities that social media has put at our finger tips. People reach out wanting to pick my brain, ask for my advice, and I love every minute of it. Definitely wouldn’t have it any other way. I love helping and interacting with people! 

But, you can see how I can get easily distracted and deter from my long term goals and my to do list.

See, the tools that keep goals and tasks aren’t as interesting as people are. To me at least. I’d rather socialize than read and reflect on goals. But as a business owner I can’t go with the flow and wing it every day. A girl’s got to buckle down and get work done or her businesses won’t grow!

Every business owner’s thought process is different. But for me personally I have to think from the outside in. Let me explain.

Let’s say, for instance, that I want to start a successful blog. Great! That right there is proof of thinking from the outside in. I see the end product and then I have to break that end product into steps. Outside. In.

So let’s figure out how to start a successful blog. Let’s answer the basic questions: what, why, where, who?

What? A successful blog.

Why? Do you love to write? Take photos? Do you want to create your own schedule? Do you want to become an entrepreneur? Do you have a passion with sharing? Documenting? Do you want to make a million dollars? Be completely honest with yourself and figure out why you are starting this.

Where? Your blog will probably be online. What blog service will you be using?

Who? Who is going to buy what you’re selling? Who will contribute to your success? Who is your customer?

Those basic questions are you solving the big problem but answering the minuscule detailed questions. That’s how I think. End product first (outside), create the plan (in).

Naturally, it’s hard to be honest with ourselves and to answer detailed questions. Winging it won’t get you to focus on figuring out the answers. But this is one of the keys to successful businesses! Focus, drive, small steps, and little victories – let’s work on hustling for success together.

xoxo,
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