Happy Blogaversary to me! 2 years ago I published my first blog post and my life hasn’t been the same since. When I look back at where I started, I am overwhelmed with emotion. This blog was born during a very dark place in my life. The Hubs was traveling all the time, and I spent the majority of time alone. Cooking for one can be a very depressing thing. Plus, I was working at a job which, although was easy and reliable, the work was very boring to me. My life felt very uninspired and mechanical. I came to a point where I decided something had to change. I was tired of being sad and lonely all the time. I began taking some food styling classes and decided to start this blog. Everyone thought I was nuts. I got a lot of, “oh a blog huh? That’s, um, interesting I guess”, and “food styling?!?”, but I knew in my gut something had to give.
Well here I am, 2 years later, and my life has done a complete 180. I finally quit the job I didn’t love, I’ve been getting paid as a food stylist, and I have thousands of readers who check in with me through this blog every day. I’m happy, inspired, motivated and excited to wake up everyday. I completely changed my outlook on life in under 2 years. The idea of what’s possible in the next 5 years and beyond is now the most thrilling thing I can imagine.
I want people to know that if you are dissatisfied with your life, you do have the power to change it. I thought for my blogaversary I would share some wisdom that I have learned along my journey to happiness.
1. You’ll never know unless you try. Lots of times people sit around imagining what ifs. What if I were to go back to school? What if apply for the management position? What if I started exercising? These kind of thoughts get you nowhere. The only way to make a change in your life is action! Start small. Change can be intimidating, but if you start with small, easily attainable changes, the larger ones will seem less intimidating.
2. Commit and don’t quit. After you make some small, simple changes, and realize that moving in a new direction is truly what you want to do, then really do it! Make a commitment to yourself that you won’t stop until you get where you want to go. Maybe that final destination isn’t something tangible, but just feeling “happy”. Don’t let laziness, tiredness or other excuses get in your way. I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, “If something matters to you, you’ll find a way. If it doesn’t, you’ll find and excuse.”
3. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Getting to the place I’m at in my life right now was not exactly a walk in the park. I would get up at 6am to do my work so I could spend my afternoons cooking and photographing for my blog. Then sit at my desk and work again until 11pm. Every. single. day. I would spend my weekends cooking and reading, and networking in order to build my readership and food styling connections. I didn’t see my friends or my husband very often. I frequently felt discouraged when I wouldn’t see my hard work paying off. I thought about quitting. But I didn’t. Slowly the rewards began to outweigh my frustrations, and the small successes became addicting. I knew in my gut I was doing the right thing because I loved doing it, and no setback was going to stop me.
4. It’s your life, you make the rules. I think a lot of people get hung up on what other people say they should be doing, or what they think they should be doing based on a impression they’ve had in their mind since they were kids. The older I get, the more I realize there are a lot of right ways to do things. Maybe you envision a path in your mind that seems crazy because no one you know has ever done anything like that before. Do it anyway! Be confident in yourself and your intuition and follow your own path. Only you will know what that is.
I’m learning that you’re never too old to go out and get the life you really want. Feeling satisfied in one area of your life always seems to overflow into other areas as well. I’m also currently in close to the best shape of my life, my relationship with The Hubs has never been better, and I’ve found deeper connections with my close friends. One positive change breeds many.
So THANK YOU blog readers! Thank you a million times! You have changed everything for me. I appreciate you reading, and sharing your lives with me. This has been the best 2 years of my life, and I know its only going to get better from here! Cheers!