Without knowing it I have created a “lifestyle blog”–that means in part that I write about my personal interests and everyday life in my blog articles.
What I found interesting, as I have been writing a while now and developing my blog’s “voice” are the actual things that have come out as my personal interest and the topics in my everyday life that are important.
This has been a great tool in my self discovery.
For example, My blog articles are all about family, home, God and country, food and nutrition, history and education and travel. That pretty much sums up my life! Those are the things I love and thrive on and pretty much in that order.
I found this self reflection fascinating. Especially when I started thinking about other blogs that I enjoy to read. Their authors–many of whom are also lifestyle bloggers–are very good writers about what they do–Of course, because it is what they LOVE.
Wow! Huge light bulb moment!
Here are some thoughts for you, if you would like to start your own lifestyle blog, or if you are trying to discover more of yourself.
Write every day.
I know it seems obvious–but you really have to set aside some time each day to write. Even if it is only 10 or 15 minutes. Journaling about thoughts that come to mind and events that occur in our lives will eventually show a pattern and that pattern will help you discover yourself.
Although also obvious–observations about our lives and things going on around us is getting harder and harder to do. There is so much white noise in the world now. To really observe, you need to turn everything off. Not just the TV or the radio–but also all our technology. Tablets and phones, even if we are not observing them will ping at us–and disrupt our thoughts about what we are observing.
I think this should have been my motto this year. I have had to teach myself to let go of many things. In decluttering my house (still a work in progress!) I have had to let go of many physical things that were weighing me down. In focusing more on me and my family, I have had to let go of commitments that were not serving me. In trying to hone in on my own happiness I have had to let go of situations and people that were toxic to me. And when you are trying to discover yourself–whether you want to be a lifestyle blogger or not–you need to let go of old perceptions, opinions and mental constructs we have had from the past and be opeing to seeing things in a new light.
All of these things may–like they have for me–just help in directing our attention to the you you knew was always there–to the likes and desires, hopes and dreams you have had possibly buried for some time. Or they may open up to you new possibilities that you never imagined you would want for yourself.
Once you decide to go for the search the road will open up before you and your true lifestyle will appear. This gives you the opportunity to embrace your lifestyle and continue living the life you want or the opportunity to change it all to the lifestyle you truly crave.
Becoming a lifestyle blogger, I have to say, took a lot of courage for me–but it is one of the best gifts I have ever given myself.
Are you living the lifestyle you truly want to live? What is holding you back?