Do I have your attention???
8 years ago I took a challenge. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know the story…
I met an amazing group of women, The Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Moms (now for Woman) founded by Lynette Barberi and Vanessa Coppes. I wanted to grow my business. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. I wanted a full-time income from my direct sales business. The question was, was I willing to work for it? My immediate answer was YES! But, it meant I had to step out of my comfort zone. Not something I was very good at and even struggle with today. Vanessa challenged me to start blogging. Who would want to read what I had to say? What would I write about? FEAR crept in but the people pleaser in me wanted to be accepted by this group of women so I was willing to do whatever it took to have what they had.
My first blog post “Bullying – The Visible vs the Invisible” was first published on March 29th, 2013. It was probably the hardest thing I had written up until that point BUT the feedback I got was amazing! So, I jumped in with both feet and starting writing daily for years. When my MS flared – my memory and the words became more difficult. I stepped back to only a few times a week then I actually stopped writing altogether. There was only so much I could write – who wants to hear about the struggles? Was I really making a difference? Fear and doubt crept in again.
In January of this year, I decided I would start again. Once a week was all I could handle. I would share some tips and on occasion write about life. It is good for me to get things out. I figure if my ramblings can help just one person, it is worth it. I’m stepping out in faith instead of letting fear rule in this area of my life.
I have been blessed over the last few months and despite heartache which has come from losing loved ones…. I’m feeling pretty good (minor MS stuff), my ThirtyOne business is thriving and I’m rebuilding key relationships in my life. God has blessed me beyond my dreams. God willing, I will celebrate 3 years clean in May. I have stopped beating myself up (most days) for the mistakes of the past. I actually like myself (most days) which has helped with the stress eating (not necessarily showing on the scale BUT it is okay). I have found joy in cooking (who would have thought? LOL). I’m looking forward to warmer weather and spending time with hubby working on the yard at the new house and maybe even some mini trips.
What does all of it have to do with blogging??? Probably very little except I found my voice by blogging. The ability to share feelings which I don’t deal with very well with others. The ability to step out of my comfort zone because when I do, the magic happens.
Do you journal? Have you thought about blogging? Blogging has helped my business and me grow personally in so many ways. I’m always amazed when someone in my pick bubble googles a word or something and my blog or my name comes up towards the top of the list. If they are finding it so are others, right? I have gained customers and insiders (aka hostesses) through the link to my blog. Have a business? Why not give blogging a try? Share recipes, share tips & tricks about your products, share how to’s….. just give it a shot. I’m grateful I took the challenge so many years ago and still do some writing. It will not be a magic wand of instant success but it will make a difference when you are consistent – monthly, weekly, daily whatever you decide to do. When you do start (or if you already do) share your link with us…
Here is to another year…. have a ThirtyOne-derful day!