When I decided to change paths, the only thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t know anything at all. Okay, maybe not anything, but I truly didn’t know much about the new fields I was diving into. Of those, blogging…
It is in my nature to research, read, and reach out to others who have more knowledge or more experience than I on any given subject. It is a skill that proved quite handy for me when I was dealing with many medical issues (Celiac included) and one that I recommend everyone adds to their toolbox. In life, no one will ever care as much about your health, wealth, career, family, or wellbeing more than you. So be proactive, be your own best advocate, research-read-and reach out. Help yourself!!
And back to my original point… :)
I had read that when starting a blog, you should never post right away. That building content takes time and if you post your first blurb immediately after finishing it, your readers will only have one post to read and perhaps become disinterested before ever even coming back for more. Many of you may be thinking “Duh!!” but honestly, this was not something that crossed my mind previously. I found this advice to be basic but fantastic for a beginning blogger!
So here I am, an entire week after I wrote my first post, sitting down to write my second.
First things first, why a whole week?? What on earth was I doing??
To be honest, I panicked. I freaked out!! I got in my own head!! I am terrified of writing my own cookbooks and bringing my flour blends to market and I let fear get the best of me.
So, I resorted to making a HUGE sheet pan of nachos with pulled pork (that took 4hrs to cook…) and homemade queso (recipe to be in the first cookbook I have decided!). This way I could eat my feelings. Perhaps this seems like a long process to do just that but being in the kitchen is also therapy for me. Really, I was just hitting two birds with one stone ;)
I made the nachos, I devoured the nachos, and then instead of kicking some ass and taking a few names, I decided to take it down a notch and figure out why I was in this funk to begin with.
Which brings me to a few more questions, why was I so scared? What was I scared of?
If you were listening well from the get go you probably know what I am going to say next… I did some major reading and reaching out. I cannot be the only one who has been scared shitless to bring their dreams to life so what was everyone else doing about?
First, I reached out to Ben. He is my manfriend, my partner in crime, my soul mate, my one and only. He is an entrepreneur as well and is currently working on his largest project to date. Ben is also one of the most calm, cool, collected humans you will ever meet. I am not sure anything fazes him, he has mastered the art of processing a situation and letting go what doesn’t serve him. This is still a work in progress for me…
Keeping it simple per usual, Ben asked me one question (after I blabbed endlessly). He asked, “What is the worst that could happen?”
He then recommended I watch a TED talk by Tim Ferris – Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals.
And then, I started watching tons of TED talks, whichever titles spoke to me. I listened to be inspired, I listened to let go of my fears, but mostly I listened to know I was not alone.
I’d recommend checking out Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk “Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating” as well. She knocks it out of the park!!
I finally pulled myself out of the crazy towards the end of the week and started to get down to business. I’ll be honest, I feel far more equipped to write a cookbook than I do to bring my flour blends to market. So, I decided to start there.
I felt this was a productive way for me to get the ball rolling and once it was rolling, I just needed to keep my faith that everything else, overtime, would fall into place.
How can you turn your fears into opportunities today?! Go get after it!!
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