Friday, July 10, 2015

Ready or Not

Ready or Not

I leave for Haven in less than a week.  Wait what?!  I don't feel at all prepared for this blogging conference.

But I have decided that it doesn't matter how ready I feel.  I was reading another attendee's blog (check out Lost and Found--Melanie does amazing things with paint!) this morning and I heard her saying, do I really have what it takes to succeed in the blogging world?  

The answer, I believe, is ultimately up to us.  To me.

For the past few weeks, I have considered offering my ticket to someone who is actually in the same league as the other bloggers I read. Then I had a really cool conversation with my dad that clarified the reason I am attending.  He reminded me that the conference was a chance to talk to other moms who make writing a priority in the day to day happenings in their own home.  It is a vacation of sorts, where I can pick other's brains about how they balance taking care of their kids with finding time to write, organize, paint, create, and plan.

My blog is really just my creative outlet.  A little piece of me that I share with the world.  Even as I write this, my heart is racing a bit as I get my ideas down on paper.  Or maybe I've had too much coffee. :)  My blog challenges me to organize.  It challenges me to DIY.  It challenges me to be a better mom, and then to share the tricks (the ones that work) with others.

As I look back through my archives, I realize that a lot of my projects wouldn't have even happened if I hadn't been so excited about sharing them with the world.

Like this one...

Which gave me the confidence to tackle this one...

Organization is not as nearly as fun when you don't have people to share it with.  Let's face it, my boys do not get giddy over an organized pantry.

Last week's WIWW didn't get much love, but my friend and web designer, Amber let me know one of her friends was inspired by an outfit I shared and dug out her distressed jeans, with a fresh outlook on how to throw together a new outfit.

This top was pinned by someone else.  Pinned.  Like on Pinterest. What?!

And when a friend passed along my blog menu ideas to her friend and she let me know she copied my plan for the week and her family loved every meal?  That makes my day!  

This was shared by Fit with Deb.  My meal was shared on social media by one of my heroes.  Seriously???

I have realized that it doesn't matter how many views I get, or how many comments I get.  It is the one person I inspire.   Or the one person who learns something new from reading what I write.

And isn't that really what LIFE is about and where is all starts?  Start by affecting one person, and just take it from there.

All this to say, just do it.  Write.  Organize.  Plan.  Create.  You never know where it will take you.

Ready or Not

Just Ready.

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