It was a bit of a challenge trying to figure out what my next blog post was going to be because I felt a little uninspired this week especially with the icy gloom that has swept the country this past week. Check out my instagram for Texas-relief organizations and ways to donate. Anyways, while I was brainstorming some ideas, I realized that I had started to creep back into my shell again. For some background, I hesitated for so many months on starting this blog and the accompanying instagram because I was afraid of what people would think or say. Of course, those types of thoughts didn’t just go away overnight but I knew that if I didn’t start then, I wouldn’t have started at all. I would’ve kept finding excuses to put it off and justify with myself that I didn’t need to start. Why do we let our thoughts run our lives? In the past, there have been quite a few instances where I have allowed my thoughts, and nerves specifically, make my decisions for me. I have actively been trying to get away from this mindset for the past few months because in the end, those fear-driven thoughts only hurt myself, no one else.
Let’s talk about my blog as an example. It is very easy for me to go on a downward spiral about how I could’ve started my blog earlier or in a better way but what purpose would that serve? None. I would just let myself tear myself down and ultimately, diminish my self confidence. Our mind is powerful, we can’t forget that we have to nurture it to love ourselves and understand the difference between the idea of failing and actual failure. There is a clear difference and if we choose to believe that we are always going to fail at our ambitions, then we will talk ourselves into not even trying. What a disservice to not only us but those around us who could’ve benefitted from your ambition/goal. Shortly after I opened my blog back up almost a month ago, I came to the realization that there will be never be a perfect time to start something. If I had continued to wait longer to start my blog back up I’m convinced I would’ve pushed it off all together and tried to forget about it. I bit the bullet and just started. I tend to plan and over organize a lot so not really understanding where I would start was terrifying but in the back of my head I knew it was now or never. So I chose now, and since then, I’ve had such an overwhelming positive response and support from others that it reassured me it was the right decision regardless of the timing.
Hindsight is always 20/20… ever heard of that saying? I started to think back on how “perfect” it would’ve been if I had had the courage or confidence to jump on my dream of starting a blog back when I was frolicking around Europe for a few years or when I had very few responsibilities in college, but if I continue to think of what if’s, I won’t be able to live in the present and look forward to the possibilities of the future. I guess the bottom line I’m trying to get across is to not be afraid to start something new. It could be everything you dreamed and more or it won’t be, but you won’t know unless you try.
I challenge each of you to go into this weekend with a clear mind and pull those dreams that you pushed to the back of your head in front. Reflect on 1 thing that you would like to start or do and own it. Remember, there won’t be a perfect time to start, just start because you’ll figure out the rest on the way. To make it less intimidating, write practical and tangible steps on how to achieve your goal. Again my blog as an example, I had thought of all of these things that ~had~ to be done before I even thought of starting it but in reality my practical steps to just do it was to create the website, start writing my first blog post, and create an account on instagram. When it was broken down like that, it wasn’t just simple, it was achievable. I look forward to hearing from you on what your one idea is. Please comment below or send me a message on my instagram @saraeliseblog to tell me what you’re thinking. Additionally, if there is anything else you would like to see #ontheblog, feel free to share it with me. I’m open to all suggestions! Thank you for reading along and I hope your weekend is full of dreams 💫
P.S. Shoutout to Gabby for my beautiful new blogging mug!! 💗
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