Wow – I have hit the one year blogging mark (in September actually, I’m a little late to celebrate)!
Blogging has been a really surprising journey for me. I started my blog mostly as a personal outlet. I had no idea I would write so much about personal finance or that I’d start sharing monthly debt updates. I also didn’t expect to fall in love with and start writing so much about fitness, or to be so open about my mental health!
My first post ever was about waking up early. This is hilarious to me now because waking up early (before my kids) has been a constant struggle ever since I published that post! 🙂
It has been quite a journey so far, and even though I’ve wanted to quit a time or two, I have decided to keep on blogging! 🙂 Today I wanted to share with you the life lessons I have learned through my blog.
Life Lessons Learned in One Year of Blogging
We All Need a Tribe
I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying “it takes a village.” Well I would update that to say “it takes a tribe!” 🙂 I found my tribe for blogging and made some very dear friends. 🙂 I don’t know what I would do without my blogging friends (you know who you are!).
Tribes are necessary in real life as well – find your people who can support you in your work, your hobbies, your parenting, your goals, whatever it may be. Life is not always easy, but it is so much richer and more beautiful if we are surrounded by people who lift us up.
Goals Can Change Your Life
Goals, goals, goals! I set goals for 2016 and really stuck to them more than I ever have in my life! This would not have been possible without blogging. I share my goals publicly, and often. I have learned how motivating goal setting can be, even when you don’t fully achieve your goals. Set a goal today and see where it takes you!
We All Experience Seasons
The concept of “life seasons” is something I never really considered until I started reading other blogs. Especially in the mom blogger space, seasons seem to be discussed often. I can be very hard on myself and find the comparison game hard to avoid. In the process of sharing my life experiences via blogging I am constantly reminded to recognize the season of life that I am currently in. In my first year of blogging, with two very young kids, I have really accomplished a lot.
You Are Never Alone
I don’t know if I will ever big a big, successful blogger, but I do know I’m a writer at heart. Sometimes I write because I need to. I write to release pain and process emotion, I write to calm down my anxious mind, I write to get things off my chest. Some of my posts have been posts I just needed to write, and by making these posts public I have learned that I’m never alone in how I feel. Whether it was stressed about finances, mad over losing a parent, or questioning my mothering skills, I have been encouraged by the empathy and support I have received from my readers. So thank you! <3
You Can Let Go of What Doesn’t Serve You
This might be my inner yogi speaking, but blogging has really shown me that it’s okay to let go of what doesn’t serve you. Here’s a strictly blogging example – when I started Stay at Home Yogi, I posted monthly wishlists of products. After a few months it didn’t feel “right” anymore, so I dropped it! My summer of self love was also a bust – life just got in the way! Maybe I’ll try again next year.
It’s okay to let things go! Failure isn’t the end of the world. Moving on can be a beautiful thing. In relationships, in parenting, in your work – if something doesn’t feel good, listen to your intuition and drop whatever is not working!
It’s Okay To Rest
I have struggled with this and it is a lesson I’m still actively learning.
It’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to take naps! It’s okay to slow down. It’s also okay to say no, or to ask for help. This applies to all areas of life, not just blogging. Many of us push ourselves too hard, every day of our lives. We try to achieve so much, and life is moving very fast these days. I want to encourage you to slow down and rest as needed (guilt free!). Hopefully in return you will remind me to rest occasionally too.
Those are my life lessons from one year of blogging! Happy anniversary (blogiversary!) to me! 🙂
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Which blogging life lesson do you like the most?