Y’all! I cannot believe I am 5 months into this blogging journey already. They always say, “time flies by when you’re having fun”. This last week, I have been reflecting on all of the accomplishments, struggles, and lessons that I have endured throughout this experience that I want to share with y’all – so let’s get into it.
Community + Comparison
Coming into this experience, I was not sure what to expect. I knew I had a heart and passion for writing, encouragement, and my faith. I wasn’t quite sure what exactly I was getting myself into until I was a month into it.
First, I would like to make it a point that we all are LIVING. In the beginning of this journey, I was trying to balance school, 2 jobs, a relationship, friendships, Delight Ministries, and now, blogging. – What was I thinking?
I would find myself running out of time during the week to create a post, or to produce quality content for Instagram. I was feeling defeated. I started to compare myself to other bloggers, and really questioned whether this was FOR ME.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, with God all things are possible”Matthew 19:26
What I found after taking a week hiatus, is community. The encouragement of my followers, other bloggers, family and friends who believed in me to keeping doing what I loved. Most importantly, I spoke with my Heavenly father through prayer and He reminded me of all things being possible through him – so, I remained still, and gave it to him.
The community from other content creators and lots of prayer inspired me to keep chugging along.
I have made so many friends throughout the past couple months who have lifted me up, made me laugh, pushed my limits of comfort, and overall helped me succeed. I am confident, that without the community and my faith, I would have given up. I would have let the “Comparison Game” and life win.
Transparency on the Internet
Social Media has been such a huge staple to help myself share my blog with others. It has wonderful platforms that I can use to share highlights of my life. What didn’t set in, was that these platforms are (mostly) the good moments of one’s life.
- Many don’t highlight the not-so-good-stuff, because why would you want to?
- Why would you want to be vulnerable on a platform where you are trying to make yourself look good?
Transparency has been a MAJOR lesson that I have learned throughout this experience. The moment that I decided I was not going to let the “Comparison Game” get to me, was the moment that I could be utterly honest with my followers, myself, and the content that I was creating.
That honesty led to more GROWTH than any “Instagram worthy” photo
As I have mentioned earlier, I started this with A LOT on my plate – almost more than I could digest. Being so busy, and adding blogging to the mix was a struggle in the beginning, but as I have worked through many ways of managing my time through trial and error – I have figured out a system that works for me.
Finding a system that works for yourself is not going to happen right away (most likely) – if it does, that’s great! You’re moving right along.
Personal Life x Blogging Life
Okay, I must admit – this one, I am still working on. 😉
What I can say, is the importance of taking breaks. It’s so easy to bring your blogging life into YOUR life when you’re a lifestyle blogger. I mean, that’s the point. B U T, it’s important to separate the two, when you can – especially for those around you.
I have consistently found myself being more engaged in the blogging aspect of my lifestyle when I’m spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends – than my actual LIFE.
Learning to balance your personal life and blogging life is key to your overall success.
Thank you for being here and supporting this journey! I have had such an amazing experience so far, and have learned SO much about myself. Y’all, stay peachy!