In what feels like yesterday, and yet was also quite a while ago, I started my first blog. December 30, 2010, to be exact.
At the time, I had the adulting thing down – employed, married, a parent, paid the bills on time, attended church – the whole shebang. But something was missing.
One of my big dreams from when I was little was to be a writer. I have notebooks and journals filled with scraps of stories, and outlines of ideas. I even sent a few stories off to magazines when I was in college. They were all rejected.
But times changed. When I graduated from Indiana University in 1995, the Internet was still a baby. Blogs didn’t really exist and social media was still a spark of an idea in someone’s head, and not a real thing. By 2011, we had social media platforms, and easy blogging tools — in other words, you could write and share it with an audience without even leaving the house.
Looking back, starting that blog changed everything in my life (ok, maybe not everything — I’m still married to the same guy and we have amazing kids). It changed me – how confident I was, how I viewed my own abilities in this world, and how motivated I was to start going after those dreams I’d had. It also changed how other people perceived me. Suddenly, I was telling stories and making people laugh. I was creating pieces that made people think. I was motivating people — and sometimes I even hear I inspire people.
Starting that blog, and committing to writing every day, was the turning point for me. It’s where I found the confidence to start my own firm, to pursue our vacation rental business, and to move almost 1000 miles away from home. Because I wrote the blog, and eventually the books, I knew I could do a lot more things.
Are you looking for a turning point in your life? What is it you want to create?