So good to see you again.
Ok first, let’s just address this whole new blog thing right away. Yes, yes…. I originally started another blog back in December – GRap to BHam – that I created so that I could document my and Jon’s adventures in Alabama. The only problem is that I kind of ran out of ideas. Yes, we’ve been doing some fun and memorable things here and there, but I couldn’t excitedly keep up with the writing without feeling repetitive or redundant. I could have thrown a few more posts together, but I just wasn’t always feeling convicted in what I was talking about. How many times can I document the strange things Southerners do? Ok, don’t answer that as the list is probably endless, but you get what I’m saying. 😉 (Kidding all you Southern folks, I’m such a big fan of you). In the end, writing about things I don’t feel a conviction about = horribly boring and uninspiring reading for you.
Also, confession time… blogging is HARD! My big girl job consists of trying to navigate the ever changing content marketing world, so everyday I have the opportunity to help businesses tell their story in a meaningful way. It’s an awesome gig, however, I have to be honest…when I get home from work, sometimes the last thing I want to do is turn my brain back on to think of more words to say. Can I get an amen?
Still, I tried to power through. I tried to put personal writing time on the calendar (failed), tried to write down ideas for posts (failed), and even tried to participate in a 30-day writer’s challenge put on by one of my favorite marketers, Seth Godin. Failed miserably. The challenge was to write one blog post a day for 30 days. It could be as long or short as you wanted… I’m talking it could be like two sentences. You guys, I succeeded for ONE DAY. How embarrassing is that?
Long story long – I just wasn’t feeling it. And I think that was a big part of why I wasn’t feeling motivated to share anything.
So now, here we are. New beginnings….again.
For those of you who I’ve shared this vision with, you know that this concept (or at least the state of good) has been swirling around in my brain for a while. Probably around 3 years. I’ve written business plans for it several times, kicked around tons of different angles and ideas, yet I haven’t been able to put my finger exactly on what it is I’m trying to successfully accomplish that’ll make a difference for others.
I’ve always known that I wanted to create something. I love the idea of becoming an “entrepreneur” someday, the only problem is that I have no idea what it is that I want to create. Awesome. Bring on the SUCCESS! (enter.sarcasm.here.)
I’m not sure what I want the state of good to be yet. I’ve always loved being around people, being that ra-ra person, helping to inspire others to be their best, and so I know that I love to be a part of situations where I have an opportunity to give some happiness, to inspire some positive change.
I’m an insane optimist, or at least try to be. Probably to a fault really…I’m one of those annoying people who tries to find the good in most things. Not necessarily the type that will sit around and just keep saying “everything happens for a reason” in the midst of hurt and chaos. Rather, deep down, I just know that a week, a month, years even, down the road…we’ll be able to look back on that thing and say… “ah yes, so THAT’s why this happened…” and be able to embrace the goodness that’s unfolded because of it.
Despite not being sure exactly what the state of good is, I decided it was better to just start something...anything….that could somewhat resemble what I was trying to do. Too long the fear of not knowing exactly what I’ve wanted to create has crippled any progress of starting.
I mean, how long can you wait for the perfect storm and the perfect circumstances before you’re like “oh yes, NOW is the perfect time, NOW I can do the thing.” Because do you know how often that time comes along? I’ll tell you…never. You’ll be waiting literally forever and then one day you’ll wake up 39 years later and regret not at least trying to do the thing you felt you always dreamed you could do. This way of thinking can (and does!) apply to anything…starting a business, a workout plan, repairing a relationship, building a budget, working on a DIY project, etc.
This is my leap of faith and my attempt to share my vision and my story. I’m asking you to hop on board with me. If you have insights or advice, I’d love to hear it. You’re a part of this journey now. Yep, I’ve suckered you into it.
So without further ado, I present to you: the state of good, a place where I hope I can facilitate change (whatever in the world that may look like) and inspire others to do more good.
Here’s to (REALLY) stepping out of my comfort zone!