I recently made a huge life choice: I quit my job. I have no back up plan, no idea what I want to do with my life but I am now officially unemployed. I have been miserable at my dead-end job for years and thankfully a few life experiences made me realize I needed to make a hard decision:
- I got a temporary job with things I never realized I needed (breaks?!)
- I sustained a pretty nasty muscle tear which landed me in months of rehab
- A very close friend who was the same age and kept pushing off living his life for “later” passed away.
All of this set the stage for my need for change in my life, but it was starting Silk & Serif that really started my journey down a path of self-reflection.
I don’t normally write inspiring pieces about..well, anything. Ive decided to share a little about my experience with blogging and how its altered my life after such a short period of time.
So, what else has blogging taught me?
Blogging is largely marketing yourself as someone who is knowledgeable and excited about a subject. It’s about sharing information, opinions, research and experiences. The search for my own identity as a blogger has lead me to reflect on just what kind of brand or image I am projecting outside the computer as well as within. I had no idea that my outward image could hold me back from everything I wanted.
I have been struggling with what I want to do with my life for a long time. I’ve been unmotivated and uninspired to continue on the track I’d set for myself long ago. I’ve realized that working in a field that I enjoy and find fulfilling is the most important thing in the world. I’ve started working on setting goals for myself: get driver’s licence, work on grammar, finish my degree and research careers in publishing or working with words. I have a very long road ahead of me for at least three of the four, but difficult goals are better than no goals at all.
Each time a person posts on one of my posts, follows me on Twitter or emails me regarding something blog related I feel a bit more valued. I have never been much for outside sources contributing to my self-worth. A blogger is part of a supportive community that is always willing to help you grow, learn and develop while simultaneously pushing you to try new things. Although my work is imperfect and covered in glaring errors it still gets read and someone enjoyed it enough to respond. That’s amazing.
Silk & Serif is by far the furthest thing from a successful blog with 5 months under its belt, but it opened a door to a community where people support one another while sharing common interests. The community makes you connect with people who have the same likes, but very different lifestyles and you learn about other ways of living outside your own experiences.
Blogging has been the best therapy for making me realize I haven’t been taking care of myself or my happiness. Regardless of whether my blog shifts into obscurity or continues to grow this little slice of the internet has reminded me of things I’d forgotten: myself!