Fresh Starts

I completely fell off the wagon.  The blogging wagon, that is.  I was going strong there for a while, then life got busy and it was the first thing to fall off my daily to-do list.  I wrote about this back in October and committed to being more diligent with posting.

Obviously, that didn’t happen.

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Saying I don’t have enough time isn’t really true, because I manage to spend a lot of time watching Netflix,  playing Gardenscapes on my iPad, and reading books.  And I keep my house in tip-top shape.  So, the truth is, I just haven’t been feeling it.  I haven’t felt inspired to write, create new recipes, cook, take pictures, none of it.   I started asking myself why, what’s the purpose of this?  It shouldn’t be a chore, and it’s not my job, so it should be a fun, enjoyable hobby.

I got too caught up in perfection.  My food photos aren’t pretty enough.  My recipes aren’t exciting enough.  My thoughts aren’t inspirational enough.  If I couldn’t have the best lifestyle blog out there, then why waste my time?

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The answer is, it isn’t a waste of time, and it doesn’t have to be perfect or the best – or even good! If it’s a fun outlet for creativity, then so be it.  It doesn’t matter that I only have a handful of followers.  It doesn’t matter that I will most likely never be Instagram-famous. So, what does matter?  The fact that some people – friends, family, and strangers – have read my blog.  Some have even enjoyed it.  What matters is, it’s for me and provides a platform where I can share things that I enjoy creating and experiencing.

So, here’s to a fresh start! Maybe my recent trip to Italy has inspired me and given me the kick in the butt I needed to get the creative juices flowing again.  But I’m not going to feel pressured about getting posts up every day (or every week).  I’m not going to stress that my photos aren’t the best.  I’m not going to worry about offending someone, or sounding lame, or not being cool enough or creative enough.  I’m not going to worry that I only have 358 followers on Instagram.  I’m going to just live my life and enjoy it.  And if I have time to share my experiences along the way, I will.

If you are a blogger, have you felt this way?  Share your experiences below!

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