Starting Over Doesn’t Mean You Failed Before

Spoiler alert: This isn’t my first time starting a blog. In fact, my first post dates back to November 28, 2017. And since then, I’ve only written 12 posts, with only one posted in the last year and a half. Based on those stats, it’s easy to believe I’ve failed as a blogger. But I don’t think so. I believe it’s okay to try again—as many times as necessary.

In the past, I blogged because I thought I was supposed to. Now I’m doing it because I have a lot to share and a lot of things to say. Just ask my husband: writing these posts gives me another outlet other than him to share my passions. I’m sure he thanks you.

So, without further ado, welcome to my online journal! Because that’s really what this is—a journal. I plan to share about life, motherhood, business, photography, my favorite things, books, house projects, and everything in between. Expect short posts, because I have three kids, and I know your time may be limited, too.

More importantly, no matter what comes of this journal, I’m grateful for this space to document some of my thoughts and ideas. No pressure. No deadlines. And definitely no feelings of failure.

So, what makes this start different from all of my past attempts? Maybe I’m less worried about what other bloggers or photographers are doing. Maybe I better understand who I am. Maybe I have a better sense of purpose and understanding of how I can serve an audience. And maybe I’ll still need to have another “fresh start” one day. Time is always a limited resource of mine, but this go around, I’m determined to make the time for it.

The truth? Starting is the hardest part. When I was feeling overwhelmed by what my new “first” post should be, my mom and I were discussing a prayer series, and much of our discussion related to this journal. It was the extra push I needed to start writing.

It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Day or the beginning of a new month to begin a project. You don’t need some significant life change in order to start something new. Don’t worry about failure, because you can always start again (on another random Tuesday). On average, it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. So, whether it’s a new hobby, a new fitness plan, or a new way of working, remember that these things take time. Be patient with yourself, and remember why you started in the first place.

So, here it goes—my new online journal. I hope this encourages you to start something new, too (or again, for that matter). Go for it! I’ll be cheering you on.