I wrote a life lately post in December and this week, I felt like writing another update. If you’ve been following along lately then you know I wanted to start bringing more of my life into blog posts. This year is going to be my third year blogging. Between being crazy busy in college to work changes to family stuff, I’ve had a far amount on my plate. But who doesn’t? I’ve come up with a lot of excuses over the years when I’m not as present as I’d like to be. That is, on my blog and even in life.
Here are two examples.
Every new blogger, to some extent, is dying to start collaborating with brands. I remember when I was only a few months into blogging and got my first email from a company. I didn’t even completely love the product that they sent me. But I posted it on Instagram anyway. I was just caught up in the fact that a company wanted to send me free stuff! You can ask bloggers of all audience sizes – we all get caught up in the fluffy stuff sometimes. That’s perfectly normal, and dare I say, even okay. Where’s the fun in blogging if you can’t enjoy a little right? Eventually you have to reevaluate and focus on your brand and what type of content you want to put out. I’m in the reevaluation stage right now and I’m learning to say no to more. When I was busy with life, I would make excuses for why I wasn’t posting. I attribute a lot of that to not feeling passionate about what I was writing. It’s only been a month since I started this new direction of sharing more of my personal life on here, but I already feel a newfound sense of passion and excitement. I love feeling empowered to share stuff that isn’t all directed by a brand’s requests or posting spontaneously, like I am today, instead of having everything scheduled out for the next month.
My second example is about something outside of my blog. I’m a meticulous planner – this bodes well for me as a professional and when I was a student. I am attentive to details and organized. But when it comes to being spontaneous and really living in the moment, I struggle. Too many times I came up with an excuse and said no to an invitation to do something. Usually because I didn’t like not having advance notice and adequate time to plan. (Honestly, as I write that it makes me roll my eyes at myself.) But then again, that’s just who I am. Instead of fighting who I am, I am learning to strive for balance. It’s okay to plan and it’s encouraged probably in most situations to be prepared. On that note, I’m working on letting go of what I cannot control or details that don’t need to be scrutinized. Some things are perfectly ok being left to fate.
I promise there’s a point to all of that chitchat about excuses. This week, a really exciting travel opportunity kind of fell into my lap. I would 100% come up with a long list of excuses for why I couldn’t go if I was thinking in my old mindset. Thankfully my mom is incredibly wise and immediately told me that I had to go. I realized saying yes would be so rewarding and that this is the perfect chance to just say yes and go with the flow. My mom has taught me so much about looking at the bright side of things and pushing past any challenges. As she nears the end of her chemo treatments, I am encouraged by her positive spirit and it reaffirms my belief that worrying just keeps you from enjoying the good stuff in life. If bad stuff is going to happen, worrying wouldn’t have stopped it anyway.
Since all the details aren’t set in stone yet, I’m going to have to reveal where we are going in a future post but let me just say…there are going to be so many great posts to come! Thanks for reading this ramble – I just had to write about what’s been on my heart lately. I’ll be back in a few days to share my favorite things from January. (If you think there’s anything deep about that, there isn’t. It’s completely surface level talk about what kinds of products I liked this month or what TV show I binge watched. It’s all about balance, folks.)