I can’t believe it’s been FIVE years already since I started this little blog.
I still remember the anxiety and excitement of starting out. What if no one reads it? What if I’m saying the wrong thing? What should I write about?
These were all questions going through my head with the speed of the light.
Yes, I was scared. I was launching in the unknown, way outside of my comfort zone. I was writing in a language I loved, which it was not my first language. And, on top of that, after a lifetime of hearing “you can’t write” over and over again.
I Always Loved Writing
When I was a little girl, I used to write in my journal imaginary conversations I had with friends. I even started a novel.
It was my guilty pleasure.
I had a special place, a small, cozy balcony where I was surrounded by books. I would sit cross-legged in the middle, breathe in the smell of the books, open my notebook and start writing.
When I was in that place, another world would open up to me. It was magical and perfect.
There was no right or wrong way to write, there wasn’t anyone laughing at me because I was writing something silly. It was me, my pen, and my notebook making my own world.
It was magical.
But, as with everything in life, you start listening to those around who tell you, you can’t do this or that. And you don’t realize it’s their fear and frustration talking and it has nothing to do with you.
Because the truth is you can’t do something if you don’t try.
You can’t become a writer if you don’t write every day. You can’t become an athlete if you don’t practice every day.
With teachers in school and colleagues later in the working world telling me I can’t write, I gave up. I stopped writing. For years!!
Changing My Life: Discovering Blogging
And then I decided to change my life, to leave my home country and move to a beautiful sunny country, Spain.
This is where I discovered this thing called blogging. I became addicted, reading everything I could and wanting more.
How cool it would be to do that, I was telling to myself. But I couldn’t do it. I don’t know how. What if I make a fool of myself? Plus I haven’t written in English since high school.
It was back in 2008.
For five more years I kept reading and reading and admiring from afar what others were doing in this magical world of blogging.
Yet, in the back of my mind, there was always a “what if.”
So, one day, when I couldn’t shut that voice in my head down anymore, I said: “let’s do this.” What’s the worse that can happen? They’ll laugh at you. I can live with that.
I remember writing four blog posts in advance, setting my blog up and, on the chilly day of January 20th, 2013, I hit publish.
It was beautiful. A world of possibilities was opening up to me.
I had a lot to learn about blogging, but I did it! I started!
I forgot all can’t dos and followed my heart.
And here we are, five years later, with over 220 articles published on my blog and countless others on guest blogs, my dream came true.
Follow Your Dreams
It’s easy to say and hard to do, especially when you have naysayers around you.
But if I could do it, you can too.
Don’t let others stop you from showing your light.
This world needs your gifts and passion.
Take a small step every day! Put one step in front of another. Just start.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King JR.
Happy Birthday, NutsPR!