I thought I would talk about how blogging has helped me to really and truly find my voice. I have always been, for lack of a better word, shy. I never really talked much, I get awkward around new people, and I never know what to say. I'm quiet and reserved, for the most part.
It wasn't until I found out through blogging and writing, that I truly have a voice, one I am proud of. It's funny, because I never wanted to be a writer, it was never even on my list of career choices, ever. It was not until I met my husband that I began to contemplate writing. At that point it was only more of a hobby thing, and I started writing for a local newspaper. From there, I wrote for a parenting website, went on to write for WhatToExpect.com's "Word of Mom" blog, Growing Your Baby and beyond.
But I wasn't feeling fulfilled. I wanted to be able to feel something when I wrote. I was getting bored of the same old cookie-cutter news writing, which is why I took up blogging, and I am so glad that I did. Through writing this blog, I have learned things I never would have ever found out if it wasn't for these blogs. I'm going to share some of the most profound things that I have learned as a blogger below, in an easy to read bullet-ed list! (I LOVE LISTS)
- I've learned that parenting is a process, a learning process, one that is constantly ever changing and evolving, one that never stops. Even as our children grow older, we learn new and exciting things as parents every single day.
- Simply because I am living with a chronic illness, it does not mean that these illnesses are going to control me, but rather, I am in control of them. I can make the conscious choice to decide to be positive in spite of the pain. I can turn it around into something productive, like writing.
- How to effectively deal with a stressful situation, rather than ruminating over it, even though there is nothing I can do.
- That it is okay to accept help when I need it. It does not make me weak or feeble. Everybody needs some sort of help at one point or another in their lives.
- It is okay to feel sad, it is okay to experience your emotions as they happen. Hiding them is not an effective way to deal with them, as it only will create more havoc on your mind and your body. Let it out, write it out.
- Exactly what wellness means to me, and how I can take the steps in my life toward becoming healthy.
- Then of course there are the amazing blogging friends that I have made through different Facebook groups. They're awesome, compassionate and always ready to help each other out.
I never thought I could write well, but I even ended up penning a book for those in chronic pain -- I'll include a link to it below if you're interested! I could go on and on, so I will end the list there. But, in short, I have learned a hell of a lot from blogging, and as always, its a process that will continue on, I will learn new things as I pen each new post!