Before I get into my first post, I want to give you a quick backstory for the whole reason this blog exists! I currently live in a dorm at my college, and each month our Resident Assistant puts up a new bulletin board. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s educational, and sometimes they’re interactive.
This month, the theme is “What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” She even made it super easy to participate by attaching a box of markers to the bulletin board.
My first thought was, “That’s a tough question to think about.” I didn’t write anything on it the first time I walked by because I wanted more time to think about my answer. I didn’t want people to think of it as a stupid answer even though they’re totally anonymous. I had doubts of picking something that was too far-fetched.
Honestly, there are quite a few things I would do. Some of the things I would do are more logical than others, but a girl can dream, right?
- Start my own business—I’ve dreamt of opening a craft store!
- Open an Etsy shop to sell my work
- Travel solo to a foreign country
- Learn to play the guitar
- Start a blog
- Forget the traditional 40/40/40 (work 40+ hours a week for 40 years only to retire on 40% of what you made)
- Become fluent in Spanish—a work in progress
I decided to run with the idea of starting a blog. I’m not 100% sure what this adventure will bring or what it will look like, but I’m ready for the excitement of something new.
Blogging has been in the back of my mind for quite awhile so I decided to stop delaying it until the “right time” comes along, because there’s rarely a “right time” for things. Here’s to all of the potential failures and SUCCESSES that this blog will bring—all of the learning experiences I’ll get out of it!
Here are just some of the failures that ran through my head:
- What if nobody ever reads my blog?
- What if I make a fool of myself?
- What if I can’t commit to blogging?
- What if I have writers block and can’t think of anything to post?
But then I thought about the potential successes:
- I could inspire someone—even if it’s only one person, it’s still a success in my eyes!
- I can teach somebody how to do something
- I can provide myself a creative outlet and boost my creativity
- I can document my life
- I’ll improve my writing skills
- I’ll build my confidence
- Blogging will provide a welcome challenge
- I could get involved in the ever-growing community of bloggers and make new friends
- It will help me build a network
Why risk failure? Because most things that are worth doing involve the potential for failure. What fun is something if it doesn’t pose any risk? Success is on the other side of our fear. The hardest part is taking the first step! Sometimes even the smallest doubts can stop us from going for our dreams—I know this happens to me. When we have these annoying little voices of doubt in our head, they silence us. They silence our dreams.
We decide to go on with our lives doing the same things we’ve always done and expect things to change for us but they don’t. I could write an entire post on self doubt—maybe that will show up around here another time!
My intention for this blog is mainly to provide a creative outlet for myself, something that can be hard to find in the daily grind of school and work. When I’m at home, I have all of my craft supplies available and I can go make a wide variety of projects whenever I feel like it, but at school it’s a lot harder to go crazy with the crafting!
For now, I think my posts will be a mix of lots of things…but things I’m passionate about! I’ll try to refine it as I go. Also, if you’ve made it this far into the post, you’re a rockstar!
I have some ideas running through my head right now:
- What makes me happy
- Things I’ve learned or find inspiring
- Tips for college students
- Organizational tips
- Projects I’m working on/step-by-step instructions for DIY projects
I’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions for future posts!