Yes, as you know the world has changed over the last couple of months. We are all living within our own homes doing what we need to do to keep not only ourselves safe but others as well. It has created a whole new world from one end of the globe to the other.
Being off of work since March 17th I have had plenty of time to think and reflect as many have. I have done project after project only to follow that with yet another project. My basement is clean, my donation piles are full, and I even remodeled my master bathroom on a budget. I have cleaned all the carpets, created a craft space in my office, and am learning how to crochet. I am getting a lot done and oddly enjoying this brief pause in life.
It’s A Whole New World Out There!
With this new quarantined world, I have thought long and hard on what I want to do with this blog. What direction do I want to go in with regards to writing and in business in general. I have seen what it was and if I’m being honest, I was not happy with it. I hadn’t been for a long time.
What I mean is the content I had been sharing here. It wasn’t that I didn’t like or enjoy working with the brands that I was working with, but I think I just got too overwhelmed with the demands that my blog had to be something it wasn’t. Or at least that’s what I thought in my own mind anyway. I had to keep up with the trends, with fellow bloggers, and yes, I admit that I did compare myself to others. I did get down on myself and I did want to throw in the towel on more than 10 different occasions. The pressure to be something I wasn’t was killing what was once a passion of mine.
I miss the old days of blogging!
As I said, I did a lot of reflecting over the last month and I have come to this one conclusion. The time I enjoyed writing most was when I first started blogging back in 2007. At that time blogging was a lot different. We were considered “Mommy Bloggers” (insert eye rolls). We wrote about the trials and tribulations of being a parent and what products we loved that solved our problems. There were no demands. I wrote what I wanted and when I wanted and I miss that; writing just to write!
I looked back to my very first blog post and it’s quite hysterical! It was about a Glade product called the Wisp Flameless Candle and I actually bought it myself using a buy one get one free coupon! It was clearly less than 300 words and well, not really exciting but it was the start of about 1400 blog posts over the course of 13 years.
I want to go back, not really back, but I want to start writing again about things that matter to me. Things that I enjoy or am passionate about. Stories that happen to me and my family that are shareable with the masses. I want to create fun TikTok videos with my kids, send filtered Snapchat messages, and just enjoy being me again without limitations. That’s all anyone wants, isn’t it? If this quarantine taught me anything it taught me that life is precious. It is too way too short and shouldn’t be wasted on things that don’t make you want to live your best life.
So be prepared. I am going to do what I promised a long time ago…to be authentically and unapologetically…ME without all the fluff in-between!
WELCOME BACK PHYLLIS!