“A life lived in fear is a life half lived.” – Strictly Ballroom
It was such a shaky feeling, pressing “publish” on my first blog post. Did I do it right? Will people read it? Will it look weird? Could I really do this blogging thing? Other people made it look so easy.
So many thoughts flew through my head but I knew this was the beginning of something big. I could feel it in my bones. My blog. My very own corner of cyber space. Amazing.
The day was February 26, 2010 and the post was about overcoming the fear of sharing my words. Six years later I look back at my blog and how this tool – this platform – has changed my life. I have left the world of fear and stepped fully into love.
**Here are 5 things blogging taught me about myself:
Writing brings me joy
Since I was a child I would write; poetry, musings, children’s books and of course writing in my trusty journal.
When I began blogging I realized just how much I loved writing. Even though some blog posts take a lot of time and others require research, blogging never felt like work to me because it gave me so much joy.
When I Share My Voice, I Can Heal the World
Writing and sharing my voice have been great lessons for me. I’ve learned that we can experience profound inner healing through expressing our emotions. I’ve written through the best of times, I’ve written through the worst of times. But each post, each opportunity to share has made my voice a little stronger.
The great thing about healing yourself, sharing your truth and being open with your vulnerabilities is that you inspire other people to do the same. Every day I get emails from people thanking me for sharing my personal journey with endometriosis and PCOS. Though that was one of the hardest pieces I’ve had to write, I am so happy that it can help other women find comfort.
Just Be Yourself
When I first started blogging I used to compare my blogs to all these other blogs. I used to say how I wished my blogs looked like their blogs or I wish I could write in those witty, snappy tones. But over the years my blogging has taught me to just be myself. My blog has grown and changed, it looks different, it feels different, I write about new topics. But you know what? I’ve changed in these past six years, too. I’m a completely different person. I’m a mom now, a practicing yoga teacher, spiritual life coach and healer. Wow how life can change. I’m grateful I’ve had my blog along the way to document my metamorphosis.
Fear Can Hold You Back
For so long I have allowed fear to keep me stuck. Fear has kept me from writing, from sharing, and from being the best that I can be.
Up until last year I allowed my fear and my perfectionism to stop me from completing and publishing a book. But after I had my daughter Mishka I stopped reliving the old stories inside my head and started truly re-writing my new story. I stopped telling myself “I can’t write a book” and told myself “I can write a book.” I wrote and wrote. I let my blogging go by the wayside. But you know what? I completed the book!
You can buy my first self published book on Amazon it’s called She Loved Herself.
Practice, Practice, Practice
The final thing that blogging has taught me about myself is that practice makes perfect. Like with any other hobby or activity that you love, you must keep doing it, keep up your practice. Blogging has improved my writing and improved my self confidence. Every time I leave the blog to sit, I feel lazy and uninspired. But whenever I get back to blogging, it’s like this fire comes on inside me.
I’m so thankful for my blog and for this little piece of me that I can share and use my creative energy.
How has blogging changed your life?
** This blog post is part of a Blog Hop I created with some other awesome bloggers- check out their blog posts on this same topic below: