A few years ago, and a lot of diary pages written, I thought about starting a blog. I wanted to share my thoughts, experiences, and opinions with the world and socialize with new and interesting people via the Internet. Well, that’s about as far as it got; a thought. And the more I thought about it, the more I talked myself out of it. I told myself things like “nobody will want to read about my life” and “who will care what I think?” For years I allowed my fear of failing to prevent me from ever starting something that I wanted so badly to be: a writer and a blogger.
My number one goal with this site is to write. I want people to think about issues, learn new ways of looking at the world, and find support for this crazy happiness journey. As a blogger, I also want to share my adventures in motherhood, entrepreneurship, and life with my family and friends. I also love reviewing products (since I get to share my awesome opinions!) and hosting giveaways (who doesn’t like to get free stuff?), and blogging provides me a way to do this as well. I still can’t believe that I waited so long to start this blog. Why didn’t I just do it when I first had the thought? Perhaps the timing wasn’t right or I wasn’t in the right mental space to be able to make it what it is becoming today. Whatever the reason, I thought about starting a blog for 3 years before actually doing so. Sometimes I look back with regret over time lost; and other times I look back with appreciation for the time to blossom into the writer and blogger that I am today.
When I checked my Blog’s Facebook Page yesterday, something truly magnificent had occurred: I had 1,001 Likes! This moment was so huge for me. I could not believe it. I stared for a while in amazement. Does this mean that over 1,000 people actually like my blog and want to read my stories? I sure hope so! This humbling and proud moment never would’ve happened if I remained afraid to try. I never would have known that people do care. They do want to read what I have to say. They will be entertained, informed, and find my tales interesting.
Failure is a natural part of life. It’s not something to be feared or avoided; it should be embraced. We learn some of our best life lessons when we experience failure. I’m glad that my blog is doing well, but if it weren’t I would still press on because I have a dream and I am going to make it happen. If there is something that you’ve wanted to do but haven’t yet, I encourage you to try. Just try. It’s OK to fail; and guess what, it’s also OK to succeed!
Success does have it’s rewards, and to have come this far, in this amount of time, gives me so much motivation to keep going. To dream bigger, to try harder, and to go further. So, that is what I plan to do; and I hope you will be there with me – reading, commenting, and sharing – as we support each other on this happiness journey.
I want to hear from you!
Is there something you’ve wanted to do but are afraid to try? Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.