So. Here it goes. My long awaited Blog #1. (As soon as I wrote that, I realised that it sounds exactly like The Little Prince. I will add Drawing Number One because of this:)
Long awaited… In my head. Because that’s where my blog has been living for the past… 2-10 years. And I’ve come to the conclusion that admitting that, is precisely where I want to start.
Life has been rough the past… while, to say the least. Without getting into details (this is a blog, not a journal), let’s just say it hasn’t gone in the direction I was oh-so confident it would go. And I only made it worse by putting pressure on myself to reach a fruit I know I could in theory reach (launching a blog) – buuuut of course, life seemed to have other plans. And you can only swim upstream for so long before you just have to admit the current is simply against you. (How’s that for a pile of clichés, spellcheck?)
So what makes me want to differentiate this from other blogs from other wellness experts, practitioners, nutritionists, yogis, etc etc, comes down to one word: Vulnerability.
In my regular Inspired Living Warriors or LinkedIn posts, I post frequently about overcoming procrastination, the latest on productivity tools or tips, as well as posts on mental-emotional health in general (which is after all, the root of the previous 2 areas in many ways). The reason why I post so frequently on these topics is precisely because I suck at them.
The problem was my own struggles with standards. How can I write something from the heart, that is also shockingly insightful? How can I begin things with a bang? What is that magically poetic paragraph that will hook readers in for all time? Will I ever be ready to commit to one or two blogs a week, while also promoting them, in a perfect rhythm – for the rest of my life?
… And I’m still waiting to find out. So while perfectionism certainly has its benefits in the sense of knowing you can set your bar high and pushing yourself to achieve those heights (which we all can, in our own ways), but when perfectionism becomes paralyzing, that’s when we have to examine a little deeper, and dig up the roots as to why.
The difference, and why I feel I’m ready to launch my “good enough” blog is because I feel the key differentiating factor this time around my spiral is precisely because I’ve given up. Given up in the best possible way.
Sometimes there may be dead air. And that’s okay. Sometimes I may mis-market. And that’s okay. Sometimes I may try too hard. And that’s okay. It was okay to be in fear (or perhaps, ripening is a better word), and it’s okay to be not-quite-ripe… But ripe enough to be plucked, knowing the ripeness will come.
This blog will be much more of an honest, transparent experience, loaded with tips & tools; whereas my more informative/educational writings will be found on my other publication “Inspired Living Warriors Magazine“. (Which… *ahem* you are free to contribute to… Nudge nudge).
I hope you’ll join me on this journey, and I hope it will inspire you to feel safe to be exactly where you are – yet learn to push yourself a little higher day by day. If it does, please help us all grow by sharing your comments below.
And as you’ll see in my next blog, I’ll be right there with you, rebuilding my life from top to bottom, in realtime. And that’s one of the biggest gifts I have learned from everything falling apart. I have an advantage here – I document everything, and am excited to share what worked & what didn’t, and hope it will help you in your own journey.
So consider this the icebreaker on a looong exploration of everything from procrastination & productivity, mindfulness & distraction, health, nutrition and everything relating to a life well-lived.
So with that, welcome to my blog ‘Spiral Journeys’, my entire life in the making. I have so (so) much to share – and it will never be ready. Never be perfect. Never be good enough. And I think that’s the best reason to write it.