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Is there something you have always wanted to do? Something that you feel like you were meant to do but something is holding you back? Since I was a little girl I have always said “I’m going to be a writer” but that someday just never seemed to happen. Life just took me in too many different directions. For me, writing has always been a passion, something I did on my own, in the privacy of my own home, without really sharing much of what I wrote with other people. That was my safety net. I just kept everything to myself. Starting a blog was always a thought, it was just a little too scary for my introverted self. I’d have to really put myself out there. I went through every scenario in my head about what could happen, good and bad. It was always in the back of my mind. Early this year, by chance I even met a full-time blogger at an event. We just happen to be at the same place at the same time. Strangers who were forced to strike up a conversation. She said she was a full-time blogger and we talked about blogging a bit. Again it really got me thinking about starting a blog. Then soon after, I was dealing with a few major life events so the thought of blogging again took a back seat. Until one day I found this amazing online course. It was a 5 day crash course on how to start a blog lead by two amazing mentors, Heather Delaney Reese and Pete Reese from It’s A Lovely Life™. So I thought, now is the time and I’m going to give this a try, and that is how Jill Claire™ was born. Once I took the 5 day crash course I moved on to their premium 30 day Blogging Fast Track course which was the best decision I ever made.
Throughout both courses, I started working on my blog, bit by bit, piece by piece, with the intention of fulfilling my passion in writing and sharing information on plant-based food, family, and healthy living that I think could help others. I finally saw how something I had thought about for years could be a reality. The fear and doubt I had earlier still weighed heavily on me, but I kept going. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into starting a blog the right way. So, it took me a while, longer than expected really. When I finally had a site up, it was not as perfect as I had imagined it to be, but it was a start and I knew I could improve as I went along. I wrote a few posts to get things going (this one included) and then it was time to launch the blog, and the thoughts and fears came back. I just kept telling myself, listen to your mentors, and just do it! Just move forward! I knew they were right. So I finally asked myself … What are you waiting for? I knew I’d never know how this story would unfold, unless I just launched. So here I am, launch day!
So, with all that behind me, I started thinking What was I waiting for? And I realized this question could fit so many parts of my life right now.
I realized I need to just believe in myself, let go of the fear and move forward.
I need to stop getting caught up in the what if’s in the little details and trust the process.
One of my favorite quotes is an old zen saying “Leap and the net will appear”
So here I go…