Growing up my mom use to always say, “Don’t wish your days away”. Don’t worry, I didn’t grow up wishing my days away, but if I said, “I wish it were Friday!”, or “I can’t wait until the weekend!” or “I just wish this exam was over!” that is what my mom would tell me. She is a very wise woman. I think as a kid time doesn’t carry the same weight as it does when you are an adult. Then you become a mom and time is literally on hyperdrive.
I started this blog right after having my second child and leaving my teaching job. Life was a cha-cha-changing! I love this blog. I mean I love it in a way most of you probably couldn’t imagine. I love that I get to share me, my ideas, my family. I love that I am connecting to people. I love the opportunities that have come from this blog. I love the strong, amazing woman that I blog amongst. More than anything I love the way this blog has challenged me and made me grow.
My life had always gone something like this: When I am skinnier, when I am in shape, when I have more money, when I have more time, etc. I will do _______________. I had a serious light bulb moment since starting this blog. What if this is it?! What if this is the skinniest I will ever be? What if this is the best shape I will ever be in? What if this is the most money I will ever have? What if this is all the extra time I will ever have? Then what? Then I will never get to be authentic me. I will never follow my passions, accomplish my goals, dream big and live the life I was meant to live, because I am still waiting for someday.
Since starting this blog I have opened up an Etsy print shop with my husband, been featured on several big blogs, guest posted for Baby Center, started a photography class, and dropped 20 pounds (still counting). I was contacted to do a presentation for a local group too! Me, a presenter? I didn’t know a thing about blogging until I jumped in feet first a little over six months ago.
I could have easily not done this blog. I could have waited to do it when we had more money or I had more time or I had more courage. Blogging is risky and so, so, so time consuming (seriously, I never realized how time consuming blogging was). Blogging means putting yourself out there. It means feeling like a fool when you have a linky party and NOBODY links up (yup, that happened). It means working really hard at something but not having a clue if anyone is even reading it! (Which is why, since starting a blog I always leave a comment on posts I like. It is kind of like once you work in retail you never leave a mess at a store because you get it.) But I didn’t wait, I took the risk and I am so glad I did. I feel fulfilled and challenged and I cannot wait to see the journey this blog takes me on.
You know how there are people who claim they love what they do. There are people who would do their job even if money wasn’t an issue. I never got it. Who are these people and what kind of scam are they running? When I was teaching the second we hit the lottery I was outta here! I couldn’t imagine loving something enough to keep doing it even when money wasn’t an issue. Well here I am dedicating a bazillion hours to something I do NOT get paid for (okay, so six months of blogging landed me $100 dollars from Google Adsense) and money is an issue. Go figure? I am one of those people now! I love what I do.
So everyone probably shouldn’t run out and start a blog and hope to feel fulfilled. But you should stop waiting for your someday and put yourself out there. Imagine this is the skinniest, richest, smartest, happiest you will ever be and stop waiting. Find what makes you smile. What pushes you. What forces you to grow. What keeps you up hours after kids are in bed. What gives you a high (the legal kind). Find a way to express YOU (the you that you are today).
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