Hey there folks. I’m writing a little early today because I’m working out of the “office” all day. I was struggling to find something to write about, so I wanted to turn the tables and ask YOU, what do you like to read here? What keeps you coming back? Let me know in the comments below.
Nearly every week, I meet up with a local custom jewelry designer and have a co-working meeting. What’s really really really awesome is there is some chatting, varying based on the type of week either of us is having, but for the most part it’s a “hey, how are you?” “Good? Great, let’s get to work.” Our headphones go in and we barely talk for a good two hours. Friends, having a co-working friend who will work when you work and not take it personally when you have headphones in, is priceless.
The productivity varies each week too, but most weeks, I get a lot done. I work on my travel blog for the most part, but on some days where I’m really far behind (haha, like today where I’m writing on this blog at nearly 3 pm versus the normal 8/9 am).
As I’ve had this practice, I’ve found how much it really makes a difference in my week. These days, I’m pretty busy with our real estate investing business. So to have a few hours each week to get out is really awesome.
The photo below was taken at our regular stop a few months back. There is such a great vibe here in the coffee shop. There’s never any rush to leave. The staff is really nice and I just love being here.
Do you have a favorite creative spot? Let me know in the comments below!
One thing I don’t think I expected to ever do was reread my blog. There is a LOT to read. As I’m trying to build up my Pinterest account, I’m rereading….every….single…..post. I started on day 644, so you can do the math. There are a few posts that have been removed due to divorces, and I missed a few days near the beginning. Some days are just a photo, sometimes I did a week or two of “walking down memory lanes.” But it’s still a mountain of posts to review.
I realized something as I read through the first year…..I published some bad stuff back then. It wasn’t until I really started putting myself our there honestly that my posts had more impact and were something I could be proud of. This was the first post I thought about maybe pinning.
So if you’re a new blogger or working on a project and it just feels like it will never be any good, take heart, sometimes take a while to marinate and become what it was meant to be. And a blog, especially, is a thing that grows, changes, and becomes something else entirely.
As I sat in front of my computer this morning, again wondering what on earth am I going to write about, I re-read a post from three years ago. It’s funny that my words from three years ago can encourage me today to solider on with blogging. In some ways, it’s crazy I’ve been blogging for 6+ years, every, flippin’ day. It’s also funny that I still struggle with ideas of things to post about. But isn’t that also what marriage is like? Every day is a decision to show up, to contribute, again and again and again. Remembering this is what I signed up for. I did make this commitment. While blogging every day is much less serious than my marriage vows, it has become a definite part of my day. Even when I feel terrible, when it’s an awful day, when I don’t want to, I still do.
I have been enjoying my On This Day feed the past few weeks, because it’s like reading a book and knowing the ending. Three years ago Jennilyn didn’t know that sobriety was right around the corner, but 2017 Jennilyn does. She can see the posts about drinking, remembering embarrassing things (that I didn’t put on Facebook), and from the future, cheer on her past self. I can’t believe I will hit 3 years of sobriety in only 11 days. In some ways, it feels like so much longer. So very much longer.
Can you look back on your 2014 self and cheer them on? Have you grown much in the last three years?
Three years ago Bret and Jen made all the faces too! I hope that never changes about us. 🙂