For better or worse, blogging has changed my life. How could it have not? I can't picture what would be filling my "extra" time if I wasn't blogging right now, nor do I know how my life would be if I wasn't blogging. I do have to say though, I still am as much (way more) a blog reader, than a blogger. That's how I started so many years ago and that still hold true. Except now it isn't my 7 favorite blogs to read every day, but hundreds a day. I know I should devote more time to taking care of my own space, brand, promotion, etc., but really, I'd still rather read blogs more then write my own.
With that said, I would never take back or give up this blog, this little space that's all my own, created by me. I still have such a hard time calling myself a blogger and have only recently realized just have big I've grown. I still thought of my blog as beginner, but over the past few months I have seen that that is no longer true. So much has changed since June 26 of 2013 as the evolution of this space grows and expands, but it's still me, healthy living, food, and fitness (and always will be!). With all this reflection going on in my head, I've been trying to nail down the top 4 biggest ways blogging has changed my life. There really are countless ways, but these 4 really stick out.
1. Interactions and Connections. This is an obvious one, as blogging is all about interaction and connection, but it really is amazing. The people I've got to interact with and the brands and companies I've gotten to work with...my mouth still hangs open. I was such a terrible "quiet" girl my whole childhood (people called me shy, but I hate that word so I don't use it!). Blogging has allowed me to finally express the inner-extrovert and become even more outspoken and "gutsy". I was never scared to say what I felt or wanted (I just kept it inside my head). But you all know I'll say what I want on this blog (for the most part). By doing so, I've found great and amazing like-minded people to share thoughts, ideas, struggles, and triumphs with. With that, brands and companies have wanted to work with me because of my authenticity. I've also become a much better "in-person" communicator as well. From having to talk on the phone, interviews, working with "adults" and professionals, I feel much more confident in my ability to properly express myself and get my points across.
2. Technology Take-Over. I don't necessarily like this change, but it's one of the undeniable realities of being a successful blogger. Before starting my own blog, I loathed Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (I really didn't know what instagram was for!). But then I had to get myself up and running on those platforms, which I did, and now I'm addicted. I still hate Instagram, but I love Facebook for the communities and groups I'm in, Twitter is great for sharing other people's stuff, and Pinterest has always been my virtual "cookbook of inspiration". Plus, now I am just always attached to technology. Working on "stepping away" for my own sanity, but I have grown to appreciate all that is has "opened" up for me.
3. Irreplaceable Learning and Education. Boy, have I learned so much! Obviously, I've learned so much about the ins-and-outs of blogging and social media, but also so much about myself and my interests. I've always loved learning and with blogging I was finally able to learn about the things I truly love! It's made me crave more and more knowledge, which I will one day be able to get! And how many 18 year-olds have the knowledge I do? Not many, at least not in the areas of blogging, fitness, health, and cooking. Not only that, but what I have learned about myself is astonishing. I learn something new everyday. How I work best, what inspires me, what angers me, why I love and do things. Blogging is an unconventional way to get an "education", but I have. Not academic, but life, an education of life!
4. I've Become a Creator. This is the biggest and greatest change that I will forever cherish. When I was younger I never really had one hobby that would be my creative outlet. I went from messy art, writing, singing alone in my room. I guess my creation was always with my body through dance. But now I have become a creator of all things. I have tangible work to show with my name and personality all over it. This blog. This space, was created all by me. It started with an idea, a name, and then a post. I've grown this online world from the bare cold ground. It is now up in the tree tops, basking in the sun! (At least to me it is!) I've become a business women, entrepreneur, artist, writer, creator, visionary, and so much more. I've created the person who I've always had hidden down there just waiting to shine. There is so much more creating and learning to do, but the growth that has happened within myself is because of this blog, this beautiful Strength and Sunshine!
To go along with the theme of "4" I've partnered with HP and Meghan Trainer to help spread the word about the new HP Pavilion x360 (which has 4 modes: laptop, tablet, tent, and stand) and Meghan Trainer's "That Bass Tour". HP is currently on tour with Meghan Trainer while creating an awesome #bendtherules fan-generated documentary, all while using the new HP x360. You can check out their videos along the way and follow the hashtags #bendtherules #ThatBassTour.
This post is sponsored by Collectively on behalf of HP. All content and thoughts are my honest own.
So tell me:
+ How has blogging changed your life?
+ Are you considered an outgoing person? How about online?
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