I feel compelled today to just share a wee bit of celebration along with a high thank you to EBT, Megan, and all of you for this inspiration, advice, and camaraderie. Like a lot of folks, this past year has presented some crazy challenges. In my case, we moved countries in the middle of lockdown, which left us working for ourselves (me blogging, my hubby writing), and downsizing in every possible way.
Now that the dust has settled and I’ve had months of being able to walk and think in this beautiful Scottish countryside, I’ve had time to really consider what I want. So I set some blogging goals based on what I actually need, what’s important to me, and what I, one person, can realistically do. The minute I did this, something quite amazing happened.
All the stress of what I think I need to be doing because I read it in some post or heard it on a podcast? Gone. All the woes of how mean Google and Pinterest are? Gone. All the comparison to everyone else? Gone. It’s just me and what I’ve set out to do. I still read and I listen, but I do that with discernment, not emotion. The motion isn’t catchup - it’s forward.
I’ve learned that when those goals are realistic for you, a funny thing happens - you start to get there. And crazily, I have more time. Long walks, more reflection, more creative time, and the result? I’ve reached a personal traffic milestone over the past month (so it must be real) and that’s gotten me close to that modest income goal. When you cut through the noise and quit the comparison game and quit internalizing all the ‘blogging victimhood’ that you see in other forums, life just gets happier and better.
Sorry for this long-winded post, but I did want to say thanks. For the understanding, practical advice, and clarity that’s always here. It’s appreciated.
PS - We just went out for a quick, rainy walk and I saw the sweetest little baby deer. Ok, not the jumping dolphins like the other week - but how cool is that?