What I’ve Learned in One Year of Blogging
My blog is officially one year old! Below I share some of my biggest takeaways from this first year of blogging, as well as some of the incredible ways that blogging and reconnecting with my creativity has changed my life for the better.
I can definitively say that blogging completely changed my life.
Starting a blog allowed me to tap into my creativity and start writing again - something I hadn’t allowed myself to do for five years. It helped me open up to others, get vulnerable, and share who I truly was and what I was going through with friends and strangers. It deepened my existing relationships and helped me create new ones.
It also introduced me to the world of coaching, my new career path, and helped me realize that what I really wanted to do was work for myself. It helped me discover a new passion for business and marketing, and taught me to pay attention to impact over metrics. It showed me how hours could fly by when I was working on something I was truly passionate about (something I had never really experienced before), but also reminded me to stay balanced and take breaks so I don’t burn out.
Why I Started the Blog
Blogging has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. And it all started because last year, something felt missing in my life. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but it was quietly gnawing at me. I had just finished graduate school a few months before, and for the first time ever I had ample free time on my hands.
My job was only 40 hours a week, which meant that on nights and weekends I actually had time to think and reflect. Until that point I had either been teaching, which was more like 60-80 hours a week, or in school while working 2-3 jobs. This was the first time I felt like I wasn’t constantly running from one thing to the next.
And with that little extra space in my life, I started to realize that there was a part of myself that I had been ignoring - my creative side - and it started quietly asking for me to pay attention to it again. I had buried my creativity so far down, covering it in academics, homework, work, and other life responsibilities.
“I don’t have time for that,” I remember thinking, seeing my creativity as frivolous and unimportant. But without it, I was burying a huge part of myself, and sooner or later it was going to catch up with me.
Creating is my calling
I had always been a creative child. I wrote poems, I created plays that me and all of my cousins would star in and perform for my family, I wrote stories and drew paintings...I loved expressing myself through art. I acted and sang in plays ever since I could remember. But something changed when I went to college - I felt like all of a sudden I had to “get serious” and get a “real” job.
And so I did, and I buried that creative part of myself as deep as I could.
That One Little Thought
Until one day last September when I could no longer ignore the little voice that was telling me I needed to do something creative again. I remember furiously journaling and writing notes, listing all of my passions - wellness, meditation, writing, designing graphics, and many more - and trying to figure out a way I could make them all come together in some way.
And then one day a week or so later it came to me - I could start a blog. I remember being so excited about this idea that I stayed up all night thinking about what I could name it. I knew I wanted it to be about wellness, as that was and still is one of my greatest passions, and I knew I wanted to help others.
In the morning, I launched my wellness blog, Well Wild World. I claimed all the social media handles and went to work. I wrote my first blog post the next day and shared it the same afternoon. I was filled with a pure joy that I had honestly never previously experienced, and I knew I was onto something.
The First Few Weeks
I remember walking around those first few weeks after I launched the blog in a state of pure adrenaline - half terror, half excitement. People were going to know what was going on inside my head! I was really putting myself out there for everyone to see and criticize. It was definitely terrifying, but the fact that I had decided to take this leap also made me bolder and filled me with a sudden desire to open and expand in ways I otherwise never would have.
And honestly, I had no idea what I was doing - it was only later that I realized people sometimes took months before launching their blog, making sure to have 5-6 posts written, testing their idea with potential readers, perfectly setting up their website….and a million other things. I had no idea about any of that, and I’m glad I didn’t, because I just went for it. Imperfectly. And I’m so glad I did.
Launching This Blog Changed My Life
Because that one decision to start this blog, and then actually doing it before I talked myself out of it, changed my entire life. As soon as I started creating, I couldn’t stop. I had this intense hunger for expression, for learning, for growth, that I had put on hold for so many years, and in allowing that desire rather than fighting it, I was finally returning back to my true self again.
And the rest is history! Here I am, doing this full-time, because starting the blog and leaning in to who I truly was made it extremely clear that the life I had previously created for myself really didn’t resemble me at all. And it became increasingly painful to keep living in it.
So on this one-year anniversary of my blog, thank you for being here. Thank you for reading - whether this is the only post of mine you’ve read or you’ve been following since the beginning. It means so much to me that you’re here, and I look forward to serving you for many years to come. I can’t wait to see the blog change and evolve and I change and evolve...thank you coming along with me on this crazy ride.