No. 16 – Launch your own Blog

Launching Loving Exploring Life Blog

First to be polite, Welcome, thanks for coming.

I guess the best place to start this post is at the beginning, a little over a year ago, I was speaking with my sister about my journey to having a happier and healthy life, and she just turned to me and said I should start a blog, and share that exploration with others.

As with many things, it didn’t stick straight away. I kept thinking about it in the back of my head. I had started my Instagram, and was really enjoying that creative outlet, but also knew there was more I wanted to do. I let doubts like – what would I blog about?  – would anyone be interested?Why would I be special compared to all the other great bloggers out there?I am dyslexic, how can I write a blog?Would I be able to devote the time? and so many more.

It be a slow journey but I have finally found answers to most of those questions:

What would I blog about?

Well, I just thought about what am I excited about, what do I enjoy, what do I love exploring, what makes me happy. That is a very hard question for most people to answer (still is for me, I have a better answer but far from a complete answer), To explain how I got to an answer, I need to take you back a few years. As many of you can probably empathise, I went from university, to grad school and then straight into work and experienced a few tragic life experiences during that time as well. I ended up seeming to just be walking through life, wasn’t really looking after myself either physically, was overweight, or mentally, was stressed and prone to anxiety. Then had a real wake up call, which caused me to look inwards and started looking at my life and I soon realised that I wasn’t very healthy nor was I doing everything I could to be my happiest self.

Therefore I took it as a turning point and the start of my journey to being a happier and healthy person. I decided that I was going to find things that made me happy and healthy. I started with food, healthy eating, enjoying cooking, figuring out what food work best for me – was a long journey that I am still on, but am so much happier now that I am living a predominately plant-based diet. Then started to more on to look at my fitness (found running), to relationships (friendship and family etc), my mental health and wellbeing with a bit more self-exploration, to embracing my love for beauty products. I also started to make sure I was making the most of life whether that be exploring the city I already lived in London and to traveling, exploring the world and all it has to offer me. I also found that I loved photography and sharing those experiences with not only family and friends but sharing it with a community who had shared interests. Hence my blog. I wanted to share the things that I love, it is as simple as that, so that is what I will blog about, all the things I love exploring as part of my healthy and happier life.

“Life is a Journey not a Destination” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am definitely still on this journey of finding of answering of what I love and I don’t have it all figured out but have come along way so far. I also a strong believing in that life is a journey not a destination.

Would anyone be interested? 

Why would I be special compared to all the other great bloggers out there?

I will address these two together, as I feel there are very much linked for me.

Firstly, I have decided to write this blog, like no-one is going to read it – but I do hope you do. I am just going to be me. I am going to be as genuine as I can be, random likes and dislikes. The content on this blog with reflect my real life experiences, and therefore most liking be quite varied, as my interests are very varied – I am a complex person and will not apologise for that, I don’t think anyone should.

“I am not special, I am a frigging Unicorn”

I can only be me, and I hope some find that special, interesting, or at least intriguing to come and have a read. Hopefully from reading my blog, the people who follow me will help keep me accountable on my continued exploration of life, give me suggestions and support, learn with me and enjoy exploring my journey with me.

Would I be able to devote the time?

I do have a full-time job in the city, but as I am loving the purpose and pleasure that setting up this blog has given me. I also feel that it will provide me with the creative outlet that I am currently missing through work. I plan to post at least once a week, or more if possible. I am more regular with my Instagram, so you can find me there.

I am committed to devote as much time as I can to making this a great blog for everyone.

I am dyslexic, how can I write a blog?

Yes, I am dyslexic. It is something that have learnt to live my whole life, from school to work life. I have learned to embrace it, and especially how creative it makes me. I think differently to many others and that gives me a very unique viewpoint.

However, that does mean that my writing isn’t the best, so I apologise now for spelling mistakes, weird sentencing structuring etc. Please do let me know of any issues or confusion, I welcome construcion criticsm, but also bare with me and love the positives it gives me too.

In conclusion, all of the above reason, have been a mental block for starting my own blog. Then when I was about to turn thirty, I put together my bucket list, and No. 16, is to start my own blog. My bucket list is made up of a lot of items that I have let fear put me off doing, especially fear of failure and of things which will be a challenge. I decided to stop stopping myself, and getitng in my own way and achieving that will make me happy and healthier.

 I am leaning into the fear and starting my blog!

Welcome, and I hope you love exploring life along with me. 

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