11 years. of blogging. WHAT?!

I can’t believe my first blog post was written in January of 2007. I owned a wedding planning business at the time – Daydreamer Events. It was my first business and I wanted so badly to be this successful entrepreneur. I was almost 3 years into owning my business, I was young and ambitious, but I was also intimidated and had no confidence. Can you blame me?! I was 21 years old lol!

11 years of blogging. WHAAAA?!

In my 11 years of blogging I’ve learned so much about myself – personally and professionally. I’ve seen life in a perspective that I never would have otherwise. I’ve seen the landscape of blogging change from its early days to what it is now. It’s crazy to see how I’ve adapted and changed as the blogging industry changed. I originally started my blog as a resource and sales tool to promote my business. A portfolio of my work almost. But as time went on I had more courage to share more personal things. As much as I wanted to keep it professional I couldn’t help but want to write about my life outside of work too. It quickly became a place where I found peace and a sense of self.

Blogging has given me courage that I never thought I had.

It’s so hard to be yourself, I mean truly yourself, especially at the risk of ridicule. I’ve always thought I was an open book. I thought I didn’t have anything to hide. But I quickly realized that there were certain things that I was afraid of sharing. Things like my opinions, fears, and hardships. When I started to really dig deep and ask why I realized it’s because I’m scared of what others would say or think of me. I’ve always had this fear of not being accepted and its held me back in so many ways. But as I’ve grown older and as I’ve lived more life experiences I care less and less what people think. A goal I have for this year is to live a bold life – unashamed of who I am. Blogging, among other things, has given me the courage to do that.

Blogging has been a place I can reflect on my journey.

I’m so glad I started blogging when I did. I look back on posts often and I love to reminisce. Blogging has given me the opportunity to have a chronicle of my adult life. It’s given me an opportunity to learn from looking back.

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