As a blogging newbie, I’ve been educating myself on the “business” aspect of blogging. I keep hearing things like “find your niche” or “narrow your focus.” For some reason, this has been stressing me out!
As a teacher, former dancer, personal trainer, fitness instructor, hypothyroid, gluten-intolerant, mom of 3, I want to write about a lot of different things. How in the world would I narrow my focus???
Fortunately, I’ve met some amazing friends and mentors on this journey, and they all say the same thing – forget about what you think people want to read and write from your heart! Well, that is exactly what I intend on doing.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I’ve always been afflicted with what Oprah calls “the disease to please.” I wasted so much of my youth worrying about what other people think of me. Quite honestly, it’s shameful. I allowed that worry to stifle me in pursuing things that I felt really passionate about.
I’m currently reading Oprah’s latest book entitled Wisdom of Sundays, which is a compilation of different Super Soul conversations written in vignette form. The nuggets of wisdom that are embedded in each conversation, is truly astounding. I’m writing down excerpts that really resonate with me in a separate journal.
These excerpts are a reminder to me to stop having anxiety about those things I cannot control and to be mindful of the present moment — to do things that set my soul on fire and to continue to learn and grow as a human being, wife, and mother.
I don’t need to worry about how many “hits,” “views,” or “comments” I get on my blog. I believe if I write from the heart, then that will be enough fulfillment for me.
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell