Blogging is hard – it requires a lot of time and dedication. Most people assume bloggers have extra time on their hands. The truth is we don’t. We have full-time jobs, families, hobbies, and distractions just like the rest of the world.
In 2011, I started this blog. I went out to local consignment shops to hunt for high-end designer bargains. Most of the time I would visit stores on weekends, and blog throughout the week. I never did it for money. I truly loved going out and doing this – I felt like in that moment nothing else mattered. No one understood why I continued to blog despite not making any money from it. But I had a gut feeling about it. I knew that if I followed what I loved, the money would then in-turn follow me.
And so it did. After developing relationships with some of the shop owners, they asked me to manage their social media presence. I started a freelance social media management service. It was a great feeling knowing that this blog had opened so many doors for me, a new career actually. Through this blog, I gained the relationships and experience that would propel me forward to the next chapter of my life.
As some of you know, running your own business means you are constantly hustling for your next paycheck. Around 2012, I needed something more stable. I ended up securing full-time employment as a Social Media Manager. When I started that job, not only was I in charge of multiple social media accounts, I was in charge of three blogs. So the thought of maintaining my own blog at that time was completely overwhelming. I decided to take a blog-cation, that would then turn into more like a leave of absence.
Almost two years later, I sit here with a tremendous void. I have achieved professional success through my social media marketing career, and I am pretty happy where I am, but something is missing. That something is personal expression through my blog.
During my leave of absence, I learned to be true to myself, to do things that empower me, that honor me, and that truly serve my purpose. We always hear things like, “be yourself” or “be you”. But if you don’t know who you are, how are you supposed to do that?
Well, it’s taken me a while to get a better idea of who I am and what my purpose is. I believe that my purpose and who I am continues to reveal itself moment by moment. And that’s part of the fun, part of the journey. So I am here, back in this blog – this digital space that I call my own. This time around I plan on sharing more of me. Sharing the things I love. Sharing personal experiences and sharing things I hope other people find valuable, helpful, or at the very least entertaining.
But enough of about me. Tell me about you. Have you learned who you are? Do you know your purpose? What are you doing each day to propel you towards it?