It’s hard to fathom that it’s been almost a full year since my very first blog post! That is 365 days! You know, 12 months! Yeah, 4 whole seasons! Sounds like a vast amount of time. And to think that I was able to create one whole blog post in those 12 short months. *Contemplative sigh* Those sneaky little days do have a way of turning into years when we aren’t looking. Beware! Although, chances are, those years have already zoomed past you too.
A year ago I was so excited about starting a blog! I read and researched and learned all I could about blogging. I found some great blogs that I admired and set out to have a great blog of my own. But somehow I never made it past the first post. I had the best intentions of writing more, but I always put it off until later. Blogging seemed like a fun new little adventure. I am always up for learning something new. You see, I love to completely throw myself into whatever great hobby interests me at the moment. I’m a great starter…not always such a good finisher. I have boxes of un-used cake pans and half-crocheted baby blankets to prove it. I did finally sell all my jewelry making gadgets.
So why should this hobby be any different? So far my track record proves it is not any different. But Lord-willing that will change. I will change. I will stop making excuses, stop wasting time, stop procrastinating, and start fulfilling this little piece of my calling in life. And what is this calling? It is to teach others what I have learned. It is to encourage others through my failures. It is to inspire others through my victories. Since being a stay-at-home mama is my primary calling, I am excited to connect with others right here from the comfort of my tiny, cozy little apartment living room.
Since I have mastered the art of procrastination, I would like to present you with the top 10 things I have accomplished by procrastinating. Just think. You can too! And with no further ado…
1. Countless hours of Facebook and Pintrest viewing. This would not have been possible if I had put more time into finishing what I started. Hear me well. Facebook and Pintrest are fabulous for staying connected and inspired. But seriously, who has time for 600 best friends? I find the minutes quickly sneak past when I’m online.
2. One blog post. If I had continued what I started, in one year I could have written 52 blog posts. That’s 50 more than I have now. But there is no point in lamenting the past. We have to forgive our failures, learn from them, and look ahead.
3. Maintained an expansive list of “what if’s.” Over this past year, I have often thought about what my blog would look like. I’ve mauled over the things I would like to write about. I even have a folder full of pictures labeled “Blog Pics” on my computer. What if I really enjoy being a blogger? What if it was really successful? What if people are really reading it and being encouraged? My procrastination has allowed me to hold on to these questions a bit longer. By moving forward in this journey, I will soon be able to answer some of these questions.
4. Entertained fears. Being a blogger is a bit scary for multiple reasons. As a blogger, I will really put myself out there. I will open myself to a world of criticism from all who stumble upon my little piece of the world wide web. What if I can’t figure out how to edit a post? What if my blog is boring and people don’t like what I write? Worse yet, what if people don’t even read what I write? What if I give misinformation and someone gets really mad? This past year I harbored these fears. And by doing nothing, I have not been able to silence them. I choose to face those fears and not be deterred by them. I choose to prayerfully move forward in spite of them.
5. An image of perfection. Let me tell ya, the blog in my head is a work of art! It is absolutely perfect! The graphics are colorful and cheery. The little bar at the top has all these fun menu options. There are perfect (picture perfect, eh?) pictures to accompany every well scripted post. Some even have those educational videos like the ones on wikipedia. Of course the content is amazing and there are thousands of followers. I love my imaginary blog! And really, why mess up a perfectly good blog with reality? My little blog will never be perfect. I will no longer allow such a high and unattainable standard keep me from trying and doing the best I know how.
6. Kept some great secrets. How did I get so lucky to have so many talented people in my life? This past year I have had some great learning experiences from some very talented people. I’m thankful for the new skills I’ve learned. Some of these tips and tricks have really made my life easier. If I had been blogging this past year, I could have passed some of this ideas on to you, but I didn’t. Sorry for that! But maybe I can keep you in suspense wondering what kind of secrets I know! Stay tuned. I will pass them on. *Big Grin*
7. Refrained from learning a new skill. There are two things in life that I do not like. I think it is also safe to say that the feeling is mutual and they do not like me either. Math. Computers. Thankfully, there are very few numbers involved in my blog! However, I have yet to find a way to avoid the computer while blogging. I do get a little sad when I think about how much I could have learned in the past year. But it is too late now. Here’s to 2014!
8. Avoided the success of accomplishing a goal. Sure there are other things that I accomplished over the past year, but it is safe to say that this blog is not the only thing I made excuses for not doing. Too often I am guilty of taking on more than I can handle and then doing nothing well. This year I am going to choose and set a few goals and map out a plan to see them through to completion. The old saying is true. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
9. Forfeited some serious fun. Turns out I really enjoy writing! Who knew? I am having a blast putting together this post. I do think I could blog on if no one ever read my posts!
10. Avoided personal growth. So often when the new hobby offers a bit of a challenge, I tend to run to something easier. But when I look back at my personal accomplishments, I see more than just a walk in the park. I see hours of hard work and dedication. I see frustration. I see learning. I see growth. Avoiding the task because it might take some time and hard work will not yield personal growth. I don’t want to be that person. No more running for me! Unless of course it is through the park or on a tread-mill. In that case, count me in!
So what about you? Are there projects or goals that you’ve been putting off? We all have great intentions when we celebrate the New Year and all its potential. But so often we fall short of achieving those goals. Find a worthy goal. Set a plan. And stick to it. You will be glad you did. And maybe next January you won’t have a list like mine.