Reality Check-In: Ten Things I’ve Learned in a Year of Blogging

A whole 363 days have passed since I first posted my thoughts and the scary inner workings of my mind on the internet for all of the world to see.  OK, maybe not the entire world peered in awesome wonder, but there were people looking.

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I started out with this whole blogging thing because I wanted to be a writer and I didn’t think I was qualified.  At the time I didn’t know what I had to say.  Two days short of a year later I’ve realized I’ve learned a few things from this blogging gig:

  1. You don’t need any qualifications to be a writer. You just need to WRITE.  So if you’ve been thinking the same thing…..just pull out the laptop, open Word, and start writing.  Or if you’re completely old school a pen and paper work just as well.  Once you start doing it regularly it’ll be just like that bag of mini-Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you opened and hid away on the top shelf of the linen closet, you just can’t stay away from it.  It calls to you, taunts you…. “just do it”.
  2. Life goals are achievable. Again, didn’t think I’d ever actually be able to do it, but I am in the process of writing a book.  My blog was the kick-starter. I’m writing it.  Will I finish?  Will I get it published?  Jeez…stop with the inquisition already, and just let me write.
  3. My blog is my blog. I’ve been looking at other “successful” blogs and realize that I don’t want to do the “How to blah, blah, blah in Five Easy Steps”, rate the latest and greatest products, food, or whatever (although I could make an exception for wine…..wine-makers:  hit me up!), or write some click-bait crap.  I write what I write because it’s what I want to write and I’m happy if it strikes a chord with a few people and if it sometimes brings a chuckle.  Did I just go and change the title of this post after writing this one?    Yup.  Those ‘Ten Things….’ titles usually get a few clicks.
  4. Stuff happens. Life is cyclical.  One minute you’re up and the next your down.  What you do with those swings is all you.  You can either sit down and hope it doesn’t hit you in the head or you can move.  Either way, it’s your life and your cycle.  Hop on and deal with it how you need to deal with it and don’t worry about what other people think (hey…I didn’t use the F-word, I’m so proud of myself!)
  5. Anxiety sucks. I kinda knew this already, but in this last year I’ve learned that even when I think I’ve got a handle on it, it’s still there and it’s still kicking my ass on occasion.  In the beginning I didn’t know I was going to write about it as much as I have.  Talking about it helps me get through it and I appreciate all of you and your willingness to hop on board and read about my journey.  It helps me to get it out there, to know that others know what it’s like too, and to know that by me sharing my story it is helping some of you realize you are not alone. As much as I would love to get paid for my writing I don’t (yet!!  positive thinking at it’s best!) and the feedback I get in regards to this is a reward that I had not expected.  Anxiety, for me, still sucks, but I can honestly say that writing about it this last year it is better than what it could have been.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart ❤
  6. People are human. Another thing I already knew, but exploring my thoughts through writing has helped me gain a new perspective.  I could think a situation out in 3D, but my brain still tends to work them all out from MY perspective.  Writing it out gets me to thinking about the reader and their perspective.  Which….led me to the topic of my hopefully, someday, I’m-in-the-middle-of book.  Maybe I would have gotten there???  Who knows.
  7. Dating.  Guys….they….are…..  I have so many lovely, probably four-letter adjectives that could describe them or at least the ones I tend to come across, but I will refrain.  I’ve dated. I’ve dated some good guys that didn’t stick around.  I’ve dated some that I was ready to jump up and bolt five minutes in.  I’ve met some great guys that just, for whatever reason, didn’t pan out.  I’m seriously done trying and I’m just gonna sit back and wait this one out.  I have a feeling this has been the lesson that the universe has been trying to teach me for years and it proves the fact that I dumb as a freakin rock when it comes to men.  The white flag is up!
  8. My life is pretty amazing. In comparison to a year ago, life is good.  I have a job I love.  My children continue to grow into wonderful adults.  I’ve added a grandson with two more (twin boys -please join me in my pursuit to convince their parents to name them Sam & Dean) on the way.  I got a cat and I actually like him (no worries….just one.  I’ll let you know when someone needs to call the crazy cat lady police).  I have great friends.  There have been ups, there have been downs, and through it all, it’s all good.  Other than my wi-fi buffering at the worst possible moments during my latest binge (Game of Thrones), I have few complaints.
  9. No matter what advice you get from people or Pinterest, you have to “do”. People can tell you how to lose ten pounds, make extra money, find more energy, or build a stone fire pit in your back yard, but until you get the gumption to do it, it isn’t going to happen.  There isn’t a magic pill or an easy button (no matter what Staples tries to tell you).  And when that gumption finally smacks you upside the head and you’re ready to go, get off your ass and GO!
  10. Do not, I REPEAT DO NOT, try to drive a riding lawn mower into a ravine that is surrounded by poison ivy. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with what I’ve learned from blogging, but I needed a “10” (Nine Things I’ve Learned in a Year of Blogging just doesn’t have that same ring) and it is something I learned in the last year.  A few weeks ago, in fact, and I’m still nursing the sore knee to prove it.  Just steer in the other direction, my friends.  It’s good advice in many situations.

I will be raising a glass in celebration of all of the wonderful things that have come my way in this last year and in honor of you, that take the time to read my words and share your feedback.  You make my tiny little bubble a much better place.

To another year of blogging and finding out what life will continue to bring.

Salut.

 

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