A few months ago, on the Lean In Facebook page they posed the question, what would you do if you weren’t afraid? At that time, I honestly didn’t have an answer. There are many things I’m afraid of and have buried deep down. Many lifelong dreams as well as recent aspirations have been so suppressed, I couldn’t think of a single thing. So, for the past few months, I’ve kept this question in the back of my mind. During that time, other women from around the world have answered this question in the form of photos.
Over the past few years, when I talk to people I find interesting, I often tell them, “you should start a blog,” (some of these people have even gone on to do so). But why haven’t I been able to look in the mirror, and say, “Nicole you should start a blog”? This is a trend that I’ve personally fallen into the pattern of more than once. I encourage other people to do things I’m afraid to do myself. And thus, putting more faith in others abilities than my own. Silly I know!
Why was I afraid to start a blog? I wanted it to be perfect, and thus made excuses – I don’t have a professional photo, the perfect tagline, custom graphics, etc. And then the deeper issue, worrying about what people would think. What if it’s too feminine, what if people don’t like the content, topics, etc. I also realized that by not starting a blog, and in general not having an outlet to express myself creatively I’ve done myself a huge disservice. I used to write 14 pages of single spaced poetry each day! I used to paint a minimum of 2 paintings each week. And I also used to journal daily. In the last 6 years, I really got away from this, having written not a single poem, and only completing 2 paintings. That’s pathetic, and I have only myself to blame.
So, today is the day that I’m conquering one of my fears and starting a blog. My goals with this blog are to provide ideas and inspiration for marketers, share productivity tips (I love efficient, cross-functional projects), and also career/employment advice. In doing so, I’m also re-awakening a part of myself that I really missed, personal creative writing.
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this post. Through this blog I look forward to meeting new people, so please feel free to connect on LinkedIn. Also, let me know if there are any types of articles you’d like to read, or any way in which I can help you in your marketing career. To close out this post, it may be worth asking yourself the same question, what would you do if you weren’t afraid, I’m sure glad I did.