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!
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!
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.
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?