Why I started a blog and why you should too!

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I have ADD and I have struggled with this for years. For the longest time, I kept trying to change who I was to fit inside this picture perfect box, and you can probably guess how well that went. I’ve created at least 10 blogs over the last 12 years and failed to be active on most of them. I was too busy listening to other people tell me I needed to find a “niche”. That I needed to focus on one or a few things instead of, well ANYTHING & EVERYTHING! Lol And my brain just doesn’t work that way.

I created a “Just Green” blog where I focused on sharing information about things that were happening in the Environment and how to live a greener lifestyle. That was the first blog I made when I was 20 years old when I joined Greenpeace. Then I created a website called Painting for Peace that had all of my Artwork on it. Hmm let’s see, I also had a blog called the Dreamerz and the Makerz where I had my Artwork as well as blog posts about topics that interested me. My other blog was named Myantarmouna. Antar Mauna is a Sanskrit term that means “inner silence.” It refers to a yogic meditation technique that involves transforming and controlling thought processes through self-awareness and mindfulness. By internalizing the senses through this form of meditation, the yogi observes the inner and underlying structure of the mind and thought processes. That blog was mostly about my journey on finding my inner peace and figuring out what spirituality meant to me. I started it in 2012 a year after I picked up my entire life and moved 3500 miles away from everyone and everything that I knew. It’s honestly pretty inspiring to look back at it to see how much I’ve grown, and how this journey unfolded for me. The old Heather wouldn’t dare share this, but new Heather wants to be vulnerable and show others my perfectly imperfect self. So if you wanna check it out here is the link.

I LOVE creating just about anything, and I love sharing it with others. I’m a research addict and I love getting to the bottom of things. I research just about anything you can think of honestly. I do this for myself, just for fun! Yep, I’m a weirdo haha! Anyways, I have all of this information written down in a zillion notebooks around the house. So when I started this blog and thought, well what am I going to blog about, I sat down and started making a list of topics. Then I realized that I didn’t need to create new topics to talk about, I already had more than enough subjects to write about.  If your thinking about starting a blog, I’m sure you do too!

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Why I started a blogI’m also a perfectionist and I never feel like things I put out are “good enough”. This thought process has prevented me from doing so many things in my life. I was constantly searching for the approval of others or validation. I know now that this has to do with my childhood, and I’ve been working on healing that part of me and letting go of that mindset. If you’ve ever felt this way know that you’re not alone!

The older I get the less I care about being perfect, and it’s not that I don’t want to continue to strive for the best quality in the things I create, I just realize that I need to let go of that fear of what others will think. It’s ok if it’s not the best quality because you know what, one day it will be. Never be afraid to start something even if you don’t know all the ins and outs of what you’re sharing. It’s ok not to have all the answers.  Take this blog, for instance, I’m not going to produce content that matches up to the well-known bloggers out there. They all started somewhere too, and that’s what we need to realize. Instead of stressing about keeping it focused on a few different subjects, I’m going to let it evolve organically and write about whatever I feel that day.

I have also struggled with this through my business. Creating multiple Instagrams and websites to hone in on each particular subject. All that has done is made me crazier than I already feel, and balancing all of that is impossible. This is who I am and I am damn proud of all of the creative outlets I have been blessed with. To narrow my business down to just HERBS, ART, or JEWELRY, and narrowing down my microblogging on Instagram to those same subjects, is simply denying who I am. I have listened to countless podcasts, you tubers, well-known bloggers, and marketing gurus. Telling you that you NEED to have a NICHE’, you NEED to edit your pictures with all of the same filters, you NEED to do this and that. They all say the same thing, and I would get frustrated because it wasn’t something that would work for me. Also, I work from home and most of the time I’m sporting my favorite yoga pants and a sweatshirt. This doesn’t make for great pictures of myself to share.  But this is real life, and we’re not all getting dressed up looking “perfect” every day. My house isn’t filled with tons of windows and white marble counters either. I had to stop comparing myself to other people on Instagram and bloggers that I followed. Their story is not mine, and that’s what makes my story different. I can still be inspired by them and their pictures and stories and not feel like I had to “be them”. Does that make sense?

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I felt so lost at one point this year that I took a step back from my business to figure out my WHY. Why did I want to sell Herbal products? What am I offering that others are not? What is my story? What do I bring to others? Can I create Herbal products and Art and succeed? I took some time and wrote down all of the things I create, why I create them, who I am and what I had to offer. I’ll add my conclusion that I came up with below. The great thing about this is it’s not set in stone. We are all changing and evolving every day and my “WHY” may change, and that’s ok. I’ve created this downloadable PDF for FREE if you are struggling with any of these questions. Honestly, you don’t have to own a Business for this to help you.

IMG_7486Even though I’m embracing the fact that It’s ok to cover so many topics and have more than one business, I do crave organization! One thing that has helped me out tremendously is a planner my Mother had bought me for my birthday. It was exactly what I needed and helped me out so much, and the best gift I think I’ve ever received! By answering questions and choosing the Gifts that you possess you can discover your core values and figure out your purpose. It also has a calendar and pages to set GOALS for yourself and your future. If this sounds like something that you’re interested in, check it out here. I do receive a small commission if you decide to purchase it, this allows me to continue to share useful content with you and of course, do what I love. Trust me I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t think it could be useful.

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Why I started a blog

Why I started a blog

Why I started a blog and you should tooShortly after I figured out my WHY for my Herbal Business, I started drawing again. A flood of ideas came to me and It honestly stressed me out. I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, I just figured out exactly what I wanted to offer with my business, now I want to draw and offer my art and make printables too.” My ADD had kicked in, and all I wanted to do was draw. I quickly converted my negative thoughts about this into positive ones. I had to tell myself it was ok to offer another part of me and not feel like I had to stick with Herbs. Damn, that feels good!

So I’m going off of the beaten path, and I’m doing what feels good to me. I’m going to blog about whatever I feel I want to talk about on that day. I’m going to post pictures that I wanna share that aren’t perfect, and the people that are meant to join me on this journey will. I’m finally reaching a stage in my life where I’m able to find healthy coping mechanisms for my anxiety, finding outlets for my creativity, caring less what others think & figuring out who I am. This blog will encompass ALL of me, all of my INTERESTS, all of my thoughts etc. I suppose if we need to put a label on it, you can call me a Lifestyle blogger for now, and I’m ok with that!  Writing is cathartic for me, I’ve had countless journals and well a dozen blogs in the last 20 years. If you enjoy journaling, you have a special talent (we all do) love to DIY, or just love writing then I highly recommend you start a blog. It’s super easy and there are a ton of FREE places you can blog. I’m not happy with the design and will eventually upgrade to Business plan, but this will do for now. The old me wouldn’t have been ok with that, but the new me realizes that you have to start somewhere and it’s ok to be perfectly imperfect! Please join me on my journey and connect with me, by either clicking the Follow button or subscribing to my email list. Remember Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you need to be something your not! Just be YOU!

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