Have you read the book ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ by Rachel Hollis? If not, you need to asap! I have been listening to her ‘Rise’ podcasts and she has read excerpts from her book — it is amazing and very helpful. I am guilty, though. I haven’t read her book yet either. However, I am simply waiting on payday so I can purchase the book.
Everything that Rachel Hollis has said so far in the podcasts I have listened to have been very helpful. However, the most helpful podcast for me was the one she posted this week. It is titled, ‘The Lie: I’m Not A Good Writer’. I know you may instantly think that this does not pertain to you (if you don’t like writing, anyways), but this content actually is important for everyone to know.
I am not a good writer.
That is actually something I have told myself for years. Long before I found the courage to begin this blog account, I would journal. I journaled like crazy. I would write about my personal life and discuss things that were important to me. I always wanted to find a creative outlet for others to read my words, but it took me 23 years before I could do that. And it wasn’t because I didn’t know what to do; it was because I didn’t think I was good enough.
Rachel Hollis mentioned in her podcast that it doesn’t matter if we don’t think we are the best at something. We cannot let fear stop us. The fact is that God has given you a gift and He has placed it on your heart to do something, whether it be teaching, being an artist, writing, or something else. If there is something that you have a passion for, go for it! You are probably a lot better than you think.
People won’t like what I create.
This was also a great fear of mine. I would always think that even I was a good enough writer, what would people say about my content? I wondered if people would think that it was bad. Or worse, like Rachel mentioned, people would get angry at what I had written. If you know me at all, you know I am not a confrontational person so the thought that someone would become angry about something I wrote was paralyzing.
When I began this blog account, I can remember the jitters that I felt after I made my first post. Honestly, I’m not sure what I expected. A million thoughts raced around my mind. Would people hate it? Would people comment rude things? Would people tell me that I sucked? You cannot let the fear that people won’t like what you do keep you from creating. You cannot let that fear keep you from doing what you love. And just so you know, nothing bad has come from this blog account yet. In fact, most people don’t even read it. But that’s okay, and actually leads us into my third point.
People won’t pay attention.
This can be accurate and disheartening at times. For a long time, people simply did not read my blog. There is a portion on the WordPress app where you can check the stats, and mine remained at all all time low. Of course, there are the few people on my Facebook page who read my blog posts every time, and I am eternally grateful for that support. However, for the most part, no one would read it.
For a while, this discouraged me. In fact, at one point I mentioned to my best friend that I was considering quitting blogging altogether. I didn’t see the point of writing all of this, putting all of this work into something, if people weren’t going to pay attention.
Then I listened to Rachel Hollis’ podcast. She talked about how checking stats and worrying about if people are receiving your material isn’t important. She discussed that it is more important that you do it because you love it. You do it because God has given you this gift and wants you to use it. If you become famous from creating art, great. If not, that’s okay as well. If I never get a lot of people reading my blog account, that is fine with me. The point is that I did it.
I would like to add that I have been getting more views because I started an Instagram page. Follow it if you would like to stay updated by me!
Do what you love and love what you do.
This is a common phrase, but it rings so true for me. Writing has been a passion of mine for a long time and I am thrilled that I finally found the courage to start a public platform for my passion. I am ecstatic that God has led me to the point in my life where I feel confident enough to have other people read my words.
What do you love? Is something holding you back from doing what you love?
If so, start today. Don’t let another day go by without pursuing your dreams. If you love it, go for it. Don’t let fear keep you from living your best life. God gave you a gift and a purpose. Use it.
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