Blogging is the missing piece to a puzzle I didn’t even know existed. If only I had known this years ago. Oh, the time I missed out by not chasing a dream!
I officially started blogging back in December of 2018 so it’s been just slightly over a year since it went live to the world. It’s been one year of learning, research, and more hard work than I ever thought it would be.
Blogging has been one of the more challenging outlets I’ve ever tried in my life but little did I know what it would become. Little did I know that blogging would be the missing piece to a puzzle I didn’t even know existed.
I’ve always wanted to start my own blog but let fear stop me time and time again. I’d find myself drawn to Pinterest graphics that glared in huge bold letters, “steps to starting your own blog” and quickly click away. This wasn’t something I could do, no way! What if I had listened to those thoughts? What if I had shoved them away and never looked back?
I’ll tell you what, I would have never known what blogging could do for me. I wouldn’t have known that blogging could and would transform my life.
I’m so glad I didn’t listen!
Blogging Gave Me A Purpose And Made Me Intentional
Before I became a mother I was so driven as my husband says. Whatever I wanted I’d do it and it could never just be half done. No, it had to be perfect! My life revolved around perfect grades at school, hanging out with my boyfriend and countless art projects. My biggest stress was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life.
When I dropped out of nursing school and gave birth to my son I felt like it was useless to be driven. Everything I had ever worked for in high school meant nothing. I felt called to be a stay at home mom and so that’s exactly what I done! You can read more about my story HERE.
However, when I became a stay at home mom that’s all I felt like I was. It was like I had forgotten how to do anything else. That drive I once had just wasn’t there anymore until I decided to blog.
Blogging made me intentional. It gave me purpose to make something more of myself than “just a mom.” Blogging gave me an outlet to DO something and made me intentional in my ideas. Long gone were the days of binge watching “Grey’s Anatomy” and wasting away my days because I felt like I had nothing better to do.
Blogging was better!
Brought Out My Creative Side
I was never much of an artistic person until my Freshman year of high school. Although nervous that I’d be bad at it I decided to take Art I as an elective. Although nowhere near an amazing and gifted artist I decided that I wasn’t so bad at it.
I don’t miss high school and would never choose to go back if I could but what I do miss is art. When working on a project I would forget everything else in the world. Art was something I craved.
Blogging makes me feel like I’m back in Art class again getting lost in another project. With every post I put out I feel the same satisfaction I used to get when completing a project.
The only difference is blogging is a never ending project where the satisfaction just keeps growing!
Grew My Love Of Photography
At one time in my life my dream was to be a photographer. Since the age of 5th grade you’d never see me without my cheap digital camera. Now days I have a phone that helps me out and constantly runs me out of storage!
When my boyfriend (now husband) gifted me with a beginner DSLR camera at the age of 16 I found an entire new love of photography. I started a Facebook page for my business when Wyatt was a baby and branched out my skills from there.
Photography was my “back up plan” when I quit nursing school and although I loved it I constantly wondered why this wasn’t taking off like I wanted. I felt like I was missing something else.
Blogging was my “something else.”
When I can combine my love of art with photography what more could I ask for?
Reminded Me How Much I Love Writing
Not only does blogging provide a creative outlet and host my love of photography but it reminds me how much I love writing. For years I wanted to be a best selling author and journalist. This was one of my childhood dreams but unfortunately never picked back up as I grew older.
Just like art and photography, writing was something I felt like I was decent at but nothing to stand out from the crowd. I would never be “good enough” to make anything of myself with writing alone. It just wasn’t feasible.
So, I stopped writing.
I stopped writing except when required for a school paper. How foolish of me to quit!
Without blogging I fear that I would have forgotten how much I love writing. I would have forgotten what it felt like to pour my feelings out in writing and create something from my heart.
Thank God I didn’t forget.
Helped Me Form Connections
Month by month I continued writing posts and trying to get used to this new world that I wasn’t never a part of before. I’ve connected with other new bloggers like myself and even some who are more experienced.
It helps to know that I’m not alone and I have help anytime I need it. Someone is always willing to lend a hand!
I’ve gained knowledge that I never dreamed I’d know a year ago and met goals I wasn’t sure would happen. I’ve got SUCH a long ways to go but have came much farther than where I started.
I’m forever thankful for God who pointed me in the right direction and didn’t let me give up on my dreams.
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