This question right here…
While perusing Twitter, I stumbled across a blog post that has resonated with me on various levels. I checked out Craig McBreen’s Post, How Has Blogging Changed Your Life and it sparked more questions and thoughts than I initially was ready for, so I let this marinate. It sent me thinking… and for today’s Monday Musings, I wanted to reflect on this- an innovation and platform that five years ago wouldn’t have me HERE.
I find this timely too. As we enter into December, my blog turns five. WHEW. FIVE. Can you believe it too? I can say that this journey has been a rough, rewarding, self-revealing, innovative, and the best job I think I have ever had (and I have had a few!)
But back to this question…
How has blogging changed my life?
You know, so many thoughts come to mind, so bear with me as I try to keep them organized. But, the changes? Let me first say this:
Personal Confidence. It takes a lot to stand in judgment of others, especially when you are trying to help them. This vulnerability helps strengthen your being in ways I never thought or really understood when I made this step into blogging… I mean, the bikini I rocked? That wouldn’t have happened (me posting it on the blog?) years ago…
Baby steps right?
I have learned my voice when I never even knew what I was doing… Everything was a test, an experiment, a gamble that sometimes worked and sometimes did not, BUT having the courage and confidence to step out on faith, your own moxie, and sheer curiosity- this blog has helped build my own personal confidence in a variety of ways!
Business acumen. So yes, I have my bachelors in business and my MBA in Marketing, but learning and applying the skills are entirely different. Because I am a nerd, I enjoyed this part of it, thinking strategically, planning, plotting, observing, implementing, testing, and doing it all over again… While some think that blogging is easy and a walk in the park?
Boo, it is a forever hustle and marrying this hustle with the business, has helped me realize my own potential and limits.
Discipline. You know, working for yourself, as sexy as it sounds, is not always the easiest thing to do. Knowing that if you do not do X, it will not get done is heavier that a MF. I had to learn how to set boundaries in the home, with others, with MYSELF to get ish done. I now have personal and business schedules, calendars, and reminders to make sure life gets taken care of. But on the flip side, I have learned how to…
Take it easy. I am surely my mother’s daughter. A workaholic at heart. Perfectionist by nature (I am a Virgo) and forever curious and unsatisfied. All of these have been reveled more glaringly in this journey and I am appreciative for it too. SO in this, I have learned to give myself breaks- a few years back my health took a BAD turn for the worse, something I never shared but stress was killing me and I had to learn how to process, REST, relax, and to not beat myself up over taking a break, the day off, or time to enjoy life a bit- Hello First Vacation in Seven Years!
So how has blogging changed my life?
It has allowed me to find out JUST WHO I am, how strong I am, how far I could go, and has showed me that I DO matter in more ways than one.
Blogging has helped me JUST as much as those who email me sharing how much this blog has helped them.
Blogging has made me a better woman, a stronger woman, a more compassionate woman, a patient woman.
But most of all, Blogging has helped develop me into a BUSINESSWOMAN.
So now, I ask you…
How has blogging changed your life?
And if you are NOT a Blogger…
What has helped change your life in ways that you hadn’t thought about or imagined?