Why Now? | Day 3

As long as I can be authentic and feel comfortable being "me", I really have nothing to loose.

-Erika Guymon
Framed quote "You Are Capable Of Amazing Things" decorated with felt flowers
Never forget...you ARE capable of amazing things!

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Why start blogging now?

I’ve been prompted (inspired from above) time and time again to share my talents with the world. I just can’t ignore the feeling any longer. It’s a difficult thing to do when you feel so inadequate, insecure, and small.  But, It wasn’t always this way.

In fact, way back in 2007 I was a very confident, extroverted blogger. I had a personal blog, a recipe blog, a craft/tutorial blog, a business blog, a scrapbooking blog, a blog to save ideas I found on the internet (BEFORE there was Pinterest). I had a blog for everything! I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed connecting with my audience and collaborating with other bloggers.  Most of all, I felt needed and like I could make a difference. It was an easy and natural thing for me because I loved to craft, cook, and do fun activities with my children.  I was already doing it, so all I needed to do was take a photo of it, and share it on my blog.  Now… it’s different, I’ve changed.  I am not the same Erika I used to be. I lost the carefree, social, happy me.

A few years ago, I experienced some traumatizing life events.  It shook my world… and my confidence.  I’ve never been the same. Unfortunately, this was about the same time Instagram was forming it’s foundation. It was depressing to see everyone’s life so perfect online.  I began to questioning everything I knew about myself, including my hobbies, talents, and passions.  I became overwhelmed and depressed. I lost my zest for the things that brought me such happiness before.  As time went on, I  couldn’t post anymore because I felt like such a fake and a fraud. I decided to step away from it all.

Because of the recent life changes (Corona virus) I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and re-access my life. This is exactly the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve learned that I need to accept the new me and just keep going on with life. I hope to reignite the creative spark that once burned so brightly inside of me.  As long as I can be authentic and feel comfortable being “me”, I really have nothing to loose.

Through this experience, I truly hope I can gain the confidence I need to do this. I hope I can once again, share the talents I’ve been blessed with. I hope I can help others around me (including you ♥). I hope I can quit the expectations of being perfect. Most of all, I hope can learn to love and accept myself.

I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t share a “classic fail” from my blogging days.  On my craft blog (Little Miss Crafty Pants), I misspelled “habits” which is the main photo header on my blog. Epic fail.  I didn’t even notice until years later one of my kind (but honest) readers had to email me and break the bad news.  But I’m not going to change it now (or ever).  I want to remember the mistakes I made, but focus on the fun I had doing it. It’s o.k to be imperfect right?

As always, please remember….YOU ARE LOVED!

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