Can you believe that summer is officially over on Friday (September 22)?! It’s definitely bittersweet this year because summer 2017 has been so good to me.
I got to see my best friend marry the love of her life (and stand by her side as Maid of Honor), my parents moved into the lake house of their dreams; my boyfriend started a passion project of his own, and I launched Rosé & Chambray! This summer I learned a lot of lessons, but I wanted to share one of the most personal ones with you in my last post of the season.
It’s never the “right time” to follow your dreams
Having a successful blog had always been a dream of mine. In college, I started a blog focused on fashion, food and pop culture. It was an outlet for me to share my healthy recipes (I LOVE cooking!) and sense of style with whoever wanted to listen.
It ended up fizzling away due to lack of dedication and resources, and I was so embarrassed about it. That failure, along with a lot of self doubt and excuses about it not being “the right time” stopped me from pursuing this blog.
When I tell you I wish I started blogging 3 or 4 years ago when I initially wanted to, I am not kidding. I’d always think “maybe when I lose 15 or 20 lbs,” or “after I’m financially stable.”
I always had an excuse of why I couldn’t get started, or why it wasn’t the right time. But really…is there ever a “right time” to start following your dreams?
On a random Saturday in early May, my dad sent me and my brother this inspirational video via email. The video is about how people don’t regret the things they do in life, but rather the things they never did. Before it could finish up, I had already made up my mind that I was going to start my blog.
By the end of the weekend, I had a notepad filled with content ideas and blog names, and I’d secured 4 different Instagram handles (just in case ?). A week after, my domain and web hosting were purchased, and within a month my blog and social media accounts were live!
Although I had the vision in my head and the desire in my heart, I needed that sign. That little boost to get me going. So I’m writing this for anyone who might need the same right now.
Don’t let your fears, doubts or outside negative voices stop you from taking the leap. No matter if it’s going back to school, learning a new language, starting a new business, traveling to a foreign country or starting a new blog, there is no better time than now.
I have a long way to go as far as where I want my blog to be, but I’m farther today than I was 4 months ago. A year from now, you will wish you started today. It takes courage and strength to stop dream and start doing, but if I can do it, so can you!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you found this piece helpful. What’s a dream or goal you want to accomplish this year?
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