9/01/2011

lessons learned from 64 days of blogging

It's hard work.
It's a ton of fun but man! I've put in some long hours.  It's not just about glossy pictures and a few, cute little sentences...you gotta be really smart!  My appreciation for all you amazing bloggers out there has doubled, tripled in the past few months!  Bravo.

I'm very indecisive.
Ok this is not a life lesson for the rest of you, but it's a wake up call to me!  Decision making is not my strong suit.  Here's hoping my 30s cure it!

Perfectionists don't have a place in a creative world.
We (read: me) have to let go of our attachments to the pursuit of perfection.  Striving for excellence, yes of course.  But obsession with perfection, no.  To create we must give ourselves the freedom to explore, make mistakes, and chase dreams.

I don't have to know everything. Immediately.
This is really two-in-one.  I'm a lawyer, type A, Virgo...that's a whole lot of over achiever packed into a 5'1" girl.  I've had to allow myself to be ok with the fact that I don't know exactly what's going on with every social media option out there (Just last night, I had to Google what DM means on Twitter!).  And, I've had to be infinitely patient with myself.  Learning HTML, getting your foot in the proverbial door, writing & designing posts that I'm happy with and that others will enjoy...it's all a process that takes time.  It's been a lot of fun to just let my hair down!

Do what you love.
Comparisons are a bad idea.  A really bad idea.  Absolutely we're all learning and constantly being inspired by one another.  But no good will come from trying to be something/someone you're not.  I truly believe you must do what you love and operate from a place of calmness, mixed with grace & a little intuition.  I think this is the magic formula to ensure all the pieces fall together just as they should.

People are innately kind.
Well, I've always known this but it has been reaffirmed.  The sense of community present in the blogging world is overwhelming. Ya'll are so sweet!  Marissa has helped me so much and Courtney too!  Katy has brought together a fantastic group of bloggers engaging in meaningful conversations!  Mrs. Lilien is just precious, she graciously allowed me to use some of her photos and even wished me a happy birthday!   And there's been so many others!  I've connected with amazing women & have been welcomed with an abundance of love and support, I'm so grateful.  I couldn't have gotten this far without you dear ones by my side!

The past 64 days have been too much fun.  Here's to many more!


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4 comments:

Kristy Elena said...

this is a great post. i love it when people post the lessons they've learned from blogging. i feel like i'm constantly learning lessons from it as well. =)

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Mae said...

thanks Kristy! I agree, it's an always advancing process...lots of learning & lots of fun! so happy you stopped by!
xx

Heather said...

Mae,
This post caught my eye in your sidebar while I was checking out your "Fall In Love" post. I relate to everything you said. I just started blogging in May. It is time consuming! I am also Virgo, type A, and a perfectionist. (And 5'1") I haven't quite found my blogging voice yet. I concern myself with run-on sentences, or being perceived incorrectly. Then, I just delete it all. Ha! But, I know I will get there eventually. I still feel as though I am just "getting my feet wet". I love it though! I have "met" some amazing women, who I consider friends...although we have never actually met. The journey is the great part! Glad to have found you. We can be in this together! XO

Mae said...

You're so sweet, Heather! I totally understand, I'm always writing and rewriting, creating, and deleting. It's all part of the process. I'm loving it so much too!
So happy we connected!!
xoxo