Are You Ready?

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.” – John Dewey

Have you ever had those times where you look around and say, can I really handle this? I have asked myself that question maybe a million times this week. There have been so many different emotions that sometimes I would not know how to feel, and if someone were to ask I would just shrug. I don’t know about you but I have always been one of those people that felt and had the mind frame of, “I could care less about what someone thinks about me,” or “You have to live for yourself, and not worry about what others think.” Well… this week I actually found myself caring about what others might say or think about my choices and what my family decides to do. Talk about super weird having those closest to me, preaching what I preach to me. Knowing what they are saying is completely true, I still had to deal with those feelings head on. I had to have a mindset change, and remind myself of what all I have done in my personal life, and what all that meant to me. I came to the conclusion that first, God is not gonna put something on you that you cannot handle, and second, where is your faith?

I started this year off, planning and prepping about what I was gonna do, and what my husband and I were gonna accomplish together. Little did I know things would change so soon, and for the better. When those times come that your plan is changed whether it be for the better or for the worst, what are you gonna do? Are you gonna sink, or swim?
Or are you gonna think because I took swim lessons nothings gonna happen to me, only to encounter a shark and be presented with a situation where if you don’t think clear enough, you could lose yourself, and everything you have worked for. No matter what comes your way, look it deep into the eyes and tell it, “You’ve met your match, I can’t be shaken.”

New Year, New Me?

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy-Proverb

It is now the middle of January. Did you start the year off with different things you were going to do, I know I did. Where are you now on that journey? Why do we even do the whole new year new me thing? Not that it’s not a good idea to plan out how you want things to go for you this year, but what if something happens that messes those plans up? Do we just say, “Oh well, I tried.” I even created a vision board so I could physically see my goals and what I wanted to accomplish this year, and I had to mentally tell myself that even if something comes up I CAN NOT STOP!

If I am wanting to better myself and live “my best life” then I can’t stop believing that I can accomplish and do everything on my vision board, you know why? Giving up on my vision board means that I give up on myself, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not to fond of that feeling. Not only that but I have children watching me. My husband and I push our kids to be the best version of themselves, what kind of pattern would I start if I started having the attitude of, oh well, maybe next time. NO! Life is short and We have to make every moment count, if for noone else, do it for yourself. Don’t let yourself down, stay the course and finish your race. Take that first step of saying, I’ve come too far, I can’t quit. If you haven’t started, what are you waiting for?

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.