When I sit here and think about having a blog, I think about so many things: I think about consistency, I think about generating a large amount of content, I think about generating content that people will like, I think about how to make it visually appealing and then I go back and think about generating a large amount of content, consistently that people will like and wonder if I am cut out for that. I want to be honest with you, that’s not who I am. I am not a consistent blogger. Yup, I said it! But guess what, I have learned throughout the many years of blogging that when I try to be consistent and generate a schedule, that is when the quality of my blog fails and I lose inspiration to move forward. There will be times where I may share things that no one wants to read or I won’t have anything to say at all. Then there will be times where I am on FIRE and have tons and tons of things to share on the blog. I will try to space those things out to cover for when my inspiration has gone on vacation 🙂 The thing about me is that I change my mind like the wind changes direction; I go with the flow and its certainly hard for me to do something when it doesn’t feel right.
So, if this is the case, why am I so insistent on blogging? Great question. I believe that in the end, I do have a lot to say and the things that I do say can be of great value to someone. I believe that my ultimate purpose in life is to help people. I laugh when I think about me and girlie being in the same sentence. But the thing is, that I do have many big shining girlie moments in between the less glamorous ones. The bottom line is, when you feel GOOD about yourself, that is when you shine the most. I want to help you shine. I want to help me shine. I want us to shine together, so this blog is my personal journey and it is my ultimate desire to inspire women (of all ages) to be your inner most authentic self. Everyone is smart, and everyone has their own personal beauty – I believe in that so deeply.
In this space, I will talk about many things: from personal style to finding balance and happiness, to fitness and personal struggles to whatever else I feel is relevant to the name of this blog. I want to keep it interesting and relatable but at the same time, personal.
Even though I have chosen to pursue blogging again after some failed creative attempts (not because the blogs weren’t good but because I lost inspiration due to pressure of putting content out regularly. See annadbruce.com, omg-yum.com and most recently annadventure.com) I am scared. I am terrified. The thing is, I am still working on finding my exact voice. This is the blog that scares me the most because I am choosing to dedicate this space to writing about something that, when standing in a room full of people, I wouldn’t be pinned as the one to do so.
Lastly, I am going to try really hard to let this blog grow as it pleases. I am going to chose to let creativity take the front passenger seat and fear and money the rear passenger seats, meaning that they are welcome to come along for the ride but they don’t get to call the shots. Creativity and I will call the shots. (Have you ever read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert? You should!).
Have you found yourself in a place where your creativity was squashed by responsibility or the need to earn money from it? Share your thoughts with me.
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