When You Decide to be Basic AF: New Year, New Me…Starting A Blog

pexels-photo-775779.jpegYup… I’m going to be that girl in 2018. “New Year, New Me” type stuff, but unlike previous New Years with my resolutions, I am making my goals more personal. While some people do not believe in New Years resolutions, I do. In my opinion, for personal and professional growth, it is imperative for us to self evaluate ourselves and our lives. Am I happy? Am I healthy? Am I moving in the right direction with my career or with my personal relationships? What is working? What is not working? These are all questions and topics that come up in conversations with family friends or internally more than a few times a year. And after a few quiet days with Christmas and New Years, it only seems appropriate to start fresh in January. Anyways, back to making my goals more “personal.”

I’m done with typical New Years resolutions and all of these advertisements that tell us we need to lose weight, save money, and stop drinking. To be honest, I am doing all of those things and pride myself on my mostly plant based diet and strict gym routine. However, late October of 2017, it dawned on me, just like we exercise and eat healthy to keep our bodies performing at our best, we should do so with our mental health. Our bodies and minds should work together to be the best versions of ourselves. During this time period, I noticed that I was less likely to have a good work out or be motivated to eat healthy when I was mentally exhausted after doing what felt like a never ending to do list without taking time for myself (binge watching Netflix does not count). I had forgotten the importance and love I had of reading a good book, learning something new, having a hobby or volunteering. I decided I was going to start making small changes in November and December so I could truly set myself up for success in 2018. It all started with reading a Christmas book which lead to reading another book and then next thing I knew, I felt a desire to write which has led to the creation of this blog.

Whatever your goals are for the New Year, I hope you not only destroy them but that you find personal fulfillment and realize self care in the process of doing so.

Happy New Year!

~Briana

 

Should I Start a Blog?

quote1.jpgDid you know that 172,800 blogs are created each day? That is two new blogs each second. I came across this statistic courtesy of Richard Goodwin’s article on “Should I Start a Blog? 34 Things to Know (Before You Start).” Some people may read this statistic and wonder, “why would you want to start a blog after reading this? You’re just another person with a WordPress template and a laptop.” Well, that is true but if you decide to not be discouraged by this and read further into the article, Richard goes into some great reasons as why to start a blog. I’m not going to share all 34, but I’ve shared my top 5 from his list that have inspired me to finally jump on the blog bandwagon:

“It helps you learn new things: Blogging is about sharing what you see, or want to see, in the world. It’s about teaching or sharing what you know and what you, too, are learning. When you start a blog, you’ll find yourself always learning new things about your areas of interest so you can keep sharing without running dry of ideas.”

For me, learning is something that I am always looking to do and have great passion for. Some times I get angry because I don’t have enough time in the day/week/year to do and learn everything that I read about or see online or on TV. The feeling when you learn something new or even read an interesting article that has nothing to do with anything can feel so satisfying as well as empowering. Even at the smallest of levels, knowledge really is power.

It makes you think clearer: The ability to think clearly and generate ideas is one of life’s most critical skills, yet one of the things you don’t get taught in school. Blogging fills that void, helping you grow your thinking muscles exponentially. You’ll learn to reflect deeply on your life, your relationships and your society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how; the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.”

How good is reason #2? I think every person at any point in his or her life can relate to Richard’s argument above. The first year out of college up until present day, I’ve had more experiences that have caused me to reflect deeply on my life, my relationships than I could have ever imagined. And as I continue to evolve and mature as a person, I’ve come to realize a lot of my thoughts on why we exist and our unique purposes, I’ve realized I am not alone in these reflections. I’ve had meaningful conversations with friends, family and even co-workers on this very topic and I look forward to sharing some of these thoughts with you all as well.

It can help you aid in good causes & lets you help other people: Whether it’s bringing drinkable water to more people, supporting the education of orphans or building schools for poor communities, blogging can help you lend a helping hand to great causes you believe in. potentials? Start a blog. You want to spread the virtues of your faith? Start a blog. You wish people would make better choices in relationships and want to help them achieve that? Start a blog.”

Those close to me know that I am an animal lover at heart. It’s always a joke that if I were to win the lottery that I would quit my day job (obviously) and open up an animal sanctuary. I’m not going to use this blog post to go into all of my animal activist goals quite yet, but I sure hope to use this as a platform to help voice my many concerns for domestic, farm and wild animals that so desperately need our help in this world.

It helps you acquire new valuable skills: When I started blogging, I didn’t know a thing about domain names, hosting servers, HTML, social media, link building, SEO, blog design, etc. Now I do. With your blog, you instinctively start learning about these stuff and more. Within a short time, you’ll have amassed a ton of valuable new skills that you’ll be proud of. These skills alone can make you thousands of dollars. I know it because that has been the case for me.”

Richard’s reason above is one of the exact reasons I started a blog! I was doing some online videos on Lynda.com about online marketing, wanting to learn some new skill sets and it dawned on me…start a blog! What’s the point of doing all of these videos and learning all this cool ***ish if you can’t put them into practical experience? This reason alone led me to Richard’s article, which made realize that there were a plethora of reasons to start a blog. Continual learning and personal development are one of many factors for happiness and success!

It makes you happy: When you put everything into perspective, all of the things that make up your life – I think it’s safe to say that we all just want to be happy. For me, writing and having the platform to talk about the things that make my life interesting, brings great joy and excitement. Now there may come a day when this blog does not make me happy and I’ll stop doing it. We only get one chance, one opportunity and one life to do the things that mean most. As I always tell my one very special co-worker, “choose happiness!”

So there you have it. Those are my personal reasons for wanting to start a blog. If nobody but my mom reads it, I am 100% okay with that. I look forward to journeying on this wonderful adventure as 2018 unfolds.

~Briana