Happy New Year beautifuls. My One Little Word for 2015 is SIMPLIFY. And part of that is clearing the clutter. I started this in December. Some girls are doing a ‘get rid of 10 things a day for 100 days’ kinda thing and I felt the need to clear things too. I’ve done the bookshelf and the wardrobe. A little bit of the pantry (hello 2008 expiry date, where were you hiding?)
And I’ve started the clean out on social media. I’ve closed my newsletter account and Hootsuite social media manager account. Two Twitter accounts are gone. And when my renewal for this blog comes up, I won’t be renewing the hosting or domain name.
I only want things in my life that fill me up to overflowing. That are the right fit in this moment. And this blog, what it means, and the commitment, are no longer the right fit for me.
I started it with optimism. With a thought of starting with a beginners perspective and hoping to teach others as I learned too. I would get up at 4am to blog. Write posts during my lunch break at that day job, take photos and edit them, try to connect with like hearted souls on social media and do newsletters too. That’s a huge commitment when it no longer feels right.
And so, as I say goodbye, I leave you with the truly treasured lessons I learned on this adventure.
Be unique. It doesn’t matter how well you do social media and networking and blogging and all that stuff. If you aren’t unique, if you don’t have a signature style, if your art just isn’t that good (yet), nothing else will matter. Nothing else will work how you imagine.
Don’t be boring. I can’t stand blogs that are boring. You know the ones that are like instruction manuals for your lawnmower? Write how you speak, include a story, share your disasters as well as your wins. You will find a joy in your writing when you do this and so will your readers.
Its okay to change your mind. Doing is your own university. You can read and do courses all you like. But doing is where the real learning is. And along the way, you figure out what you really want to do. And along the way you will be led in new directions as you learn and grow and discover. Don’t feel tethered to your original idea. Follow the breadcrumbs, listen to your inner voice. Follow your heart. Oh yes, follow your heart.
Like who you are learning from. I struggled to get through ebooks and blog posts from some people because I couldn’t stand the person. But I read their work because they were recommended by so many people. Ugh. It rubbed my fur the wrong way with every word I read. You don’t learn that way. And it takes all the fun out of the adventure. The universe will lead you to the right people.
Most of all… Make sure it’s fun. Even at 4am in the middle of winter, this adventure has been fun. There were tears and frustrations and things went very sideways a few times. But at the heart of it all, I still wanted it. I wanted to keep going. Because the adventure as a whole was fun. It filled my cup.
My wish for you is that you find something you love to do. And you find a way to make a living from it if that is what you want. That you find beautiful souls who will be cheerleaders on your adventure. And that you find something that truly fits.
Thank you. For being my cheerleaders. For your encouraging words. For visiting me here and for being there for me when I needed you.
Thank you for being a part of my grand adventure.
xoxoxoxoxo – Coral.