A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to write a blog post called “Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Starting A Blog”. I ended up not writing it because I didn’t think it would be relevant to most of my readers and it was extremely negative. Basically, the post was gonna be a huge rant.
I started this blog not knowing how much freaking time and work it would take. I didn’t know how hard it was going to be to learn how to promote a blog (and I still don’t really know). I didn’t know how long it would take to make a profit. And I didn’t know how long it would take to get engagement on social media accounts.
I was acting like a frickin brat because I’ve spent 4 months of hard work and haven’t made it big yet. (Yeah, I really wish I could have punched me in the face too.) But, after I was done throwing a tantrum, I decided it was time to ask God for some advice. I asked him for patience, understanding, and vision. He provided.
I was reminded of all of the positive things that I’ve gotten out of starting this blog.
When I started, I didn’t know how much encouragement I would receive from my friends and family. I didn’t know how it would feel to hear that I’d changed someone’s life. I didn’t know how it would feel to be thanked for my bravery in doing this. I didn’t know how it would change my life – and I’m amazed with the results.
I learned how to work hard for something I care about. I learned how to create a brand for myself, and then I learned how to adapt my content when something wasn’t working. It showed me the career path that I want to take after graduation. It helped me land an internship this summer. It taught me how to do work when I didn’t want to.
I’ve motivated myself while motivating you guys. I’ve learned to practice what I preach and take my own advice, even when I don’t want to. It’s taught me how to push through hard things and self doubt. It’s taught me to keep going, even when I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s forced me to come out of my comfort zone, believe in myself and the knowledge I’d like to share, and have the confidence to put it out there.
With all that said, I want to thank you guys for being my motivation – every single one of you. Even if you’re thinking, “I don’t know her like that, I’m sure she doesn’t mean me.” No, I mean you. Thank you.
I’m thankful for every encouraging message that I’ve received.
I’m thankful for the people who have told me that I made a huge difference in their life. I’m thankful for the people who have shared my content to their personal pages.
I’m thankful for the people that answer the questions on my stories.
I’m thankful for every person that comments positive things on my photos.
I’m just thankful for the people who follow me and let me inspire them every once in a while.
I’m also especially thankful for the community of women that I’m surrounded by that inspires me on a daily basis.
I started this blog based on one sole reason: to help people. I think I got lost for a little while because I do want this to become my job in the future – not because I want to be an influencer, or be popular, or even make lots of money – but genuinely because I wanted to help people. I want to raise awareness on mental health, help people better themselves, and let people know that they aren’t alone. I started this blog hoping to change one life, and I’ve already done that.. So what else matters? I just needed a reminder.
Anyway, not gonna to lie, this post was mainly for me. I wanted to put it on (virtual) paper so I can let it go and move on with my newfound motivation. But I also want to remain honest with you guys. I hope to inspire you guys to keep going through the tough times because the end goal is worth it – and because you are worth it.
So, how do you re-motivate yourself or keep yourself going?