The idea of starting my own blog has been with me for many years, at least 5 years, but it has intensified two years ago, to the point that this year I just couldn’t wait anymore. Actually I had many doubts, and there were many things that hindered me from starting.
Today I want to write how and why I decided to ignore these obstacles, follow my instincts, take action and really listen to my intuition to manifest my dream once and for all. This first post will be helpful in future years, I will be able to go back and reflect on what inspired me to get here . It will also also help me balance out all my success and failures and add future stories of new obstacles and how I overcame them. Of course I hope it helps you too. These are the main 3 obstacles that went down in my head over and over:
→ Lack of time
This was the one that I felt stronger of all the obstacles. To tell you a little about my life, I have my own business, a Design Studio with my sister (we also have a blog there). I also work as a independent designer for another company here in Los Angeles and another Graphic Design agency sends me work regularly. We are building our design studio slowly. We invest all our profits 100 % back to the business, that means we take second jobs to make sure our personal financial needs and business goals are always met.
At the same time it also means none stop work , my free time is rather limited to dedicate it to my family, my partner, my kitties (Emma and Ana) and to maintaining my own balanced life. This last ” balanced life ” term takes up most energy and time. I mean cooking at home, exercising, meditating, being in touch with nature, reading, etc. So the thought of starting another project made me feel totally overwhelmed.
How I took action and why I decided to ignore my lack of time: Learning to manage my time effectively is a topic that fascinates me. One of the things I have put into practice and learned a lot from is to know to prioritized. Priorities should always be the actions that clearly take you to a definite goal, and when that goal is achieved it should be equivalent to loads of joy in your life. I also know that when you are starting a project with intention and perseverance our reality gradually starts aligning with our decision and circumstances begin to shift to support the new project.
I took action by taking small steps. One day I decided on the blog template, another day I sat down to write a chart of what I wanted to do, another day I devoted some time to research the logo I wanted. Little by little progress is made. I would notice my mind saying you are going too slow, I would just choose to let that thought go while focusing on consistency and quality not quantity.
→ Overwhelmed with so many options
Even when I thought I had already made the decision to start the blog, I still could not decide what I was going to write exactly . I have thousands of ideas for this blog that go through my head every day. Not only that, I form more than 10 blog post ideas in my head daily. However every time I sat down to write I could not choose a subject because I was overwhelmed with so many options. I had waited so long to make room for this blog in my life, that I was over saturated with options and the feeling of indecisiveness made me leave everything for later. Then I started to feel not only uncertain but a bit confused and frustrated too. I definitely do not like feeling this way .
How I took action and why I decided to ignore feeling overwhelmed: This is a very typical situation for me. I feel overwhelmed so I do nothing , I freeze . The best remedy for me in this case is to sit with a white sheet and start writing all the options that come to mind without thinking much about any order. Once I dumped all thoughts and my brain feels somewhat empty I start reading what I wrote and I start filtering and organizing. This is a technique I use a lot in many areas of my life when I feel completely saturated. For the blog this helped me get to three primary categories. Of course this may change later. For now I have a starting point and I got rid of another excuse on my way.
→ Waiting for the perfect moment
I don’t consider myself a perfectionist. I do hear a voice in my head that insists on making sure my vision is going to happen exactly the way I picture it in my head, and if is not happening exactly like that then is better to wait until it does. That voice also tells me – you better wait until you have “this” once you have “that” you can do the other “thing” and so on. So pretty much once I have everything in place I can get the ball rolling.
How I took action and why I decided not to wait for the perfect moment : The perfect moment does not exist, is a mirage a fantasy. There is nothing perfect, it’s all about the perspective in which you see things. My mind sends me through that rat hole often, but I have trained my soul well enough to recognize the trap and turn around away from it. That’s why sometimes to get started is the most difficult thing , because it is at that stage where the ego refuses (more stubbornly) the creative process. The best I can do is to start where I am and with what I have. If I let myself flourish right in this space where I’m planted today I can always improve, change, develop myself, evolve, let go of what’s not serving or accentuate what is benefiting all as I cross the road. I wont get to know about most of these choices unless I start now.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog but for some reason you can’t get started, I hope my experiences will serve and motivate you to get started. My best suggestion is the best time is always now. I invite you to comment on your situation and how you are solving it. Remember that what we share can be medicine for someone else and for sure a step closer to a strong vida!