When I first created this blog, my intention for its direction was different. While I acknowledged early on that it wasn’t just about getting up and creating things like a piece of art, a poem, a song, a craft, etc., the original thought behind it was really more geared towards those things.
The blog came along at a time when I was trying to change things about the way I lived. I had been trying to develop a morning routine where I actually got up early enough to do stuff before I had to go to work, and I started listening to podcasts on the way to work. The podcasts that I listed to at the time consisted mostly of entrepreneurial type stuff, and there was a lot of discussion about the morning routines of highly successful people such as high profiled CEO’s, public speakers, and others who ran successful businesses. I became fascinated with learning about other people’s morning routines and why they felt it made them successful. But there wasn’t much chance that even with a fancy routine I would ever become a CEO, nor did I want to, and I started wondering more about the small business owners, the crafters, makers and creators, like so many that I follow online. I thought it would be fun to host a place where I could talk about it, do interviews with people, and explore my curiosity on the subject. From there, Wake Up. Create. was born.
But I wanted it to be more than just about being a creator of things, because there are definitely those out here that don’t consider themselves “creatives”, and I wanted to include them too. So I started also thinking in terms of encouraging others to get out there and create memories, moments and experiences.
I had a more personal blog prior to Wake Up. Create. and it’s still out there. “Love and the Little Things” was a blogspot hosted site where I rambled about my family, my life, my visit to NYC and the New Kids on the Block concert. But as I approached 40 and began “recreating” who I wanted to be as a person, I wanted something different. I tried for months to come up with a clever name related to turning 40, but nothing really stuck. That’s when I abandoned that idea and started thinking a little more universal, and eventually hit upon the idea for Wake Up. Create.
I worked for months on setting up the site — deciding how and who to host it and creating it once I decided to go with WordPress. Once it went live I was so excited we actually threw a family launch party and I was so ready to go.
Then I froze. Suddenly I had no idea where to go with this blog. I started feeling like the ideas I had for it were more for the future. How could I expect people to allow me to interview them without any type of a following? How could I get a following? I was completely paralyzed by fear. I didn’t know where to go from there, so I didn’t go anywhere.
I would write here and there, very sporadic, and honestly, I had no direction. I would just write about whatever came into my head. From “essays” on subjects like not letting my job define me, writing from my heart instead of trying to craft the perfect post, and when your year doesn’t go as planned, to writing about my three favorite summer products and three things I was obsessing over at the time (Spoiler Alert: it was Snap Chat, beauty products and quinoa). From my launch in August of 2015 through December 2016, I wrote eight posts. I was really proud of a few of them, but I wrote only eight.
To say I’ve been directionless when it comes to what I want for my space here, is an understatement.
But I feel a bit of a clearing recently. Going through three rounds of Jess Lively’s “Life With Intention Online” has helped me put into focus what my core values are and what is most important to me. It’s helped me realize that the things I’ve always felt will make me happy most likely will not. I will go into more of all of this in the future, but suffice it to say, it has shed a light on what is most important to me.
Being in my kids lives, now and far into the future. Doing what I can to help inspire or motivate others. Being with my husband, my family and my friends. Finding my place. Finding joy in all the things. This is what is most important to me right now.
So what does that look like for me? Recently I wrote a blog about how I am no longer focusing on weight loss. That is so much easier sad than done when its something you’ve focused on for 25-plus years of your life! While sadly I do still look at the scale, it’s not what I try to think about when I am planning my meals or my life. Instead I’m focusing on healthy choices, from the ingredients I put in my food, the way I spend my mornings, my evenings and my days, the people and things I surround myself with, and the media I consume. It’s a work in progress, of course, but so far I am enjoying the process.
I’ve recently started following people on Instagram and YouTube who inspire me when it comes to taking care better care of myself. Not just through food, although I have discovered some amazing products and recipes so far, but also through mindfulness, mediation, body positivity, self love and self care.
I also want to work on other parts of my life that I’d like to change, like my impatience when it comes to all things, my relationships with people, my relationship with Jesus, and bringing more joy and freedom into my life.
I have a hard time looking at the last 42 years and not thinking about the time I’ve wasted. Sometimes I feel like it’s just too late and I’m just to old to recreate myself, but that is so not true! It is never too late to start treating yourself well, treating your body well, and treating others well.
And THAT is the new direction I want to take this blog!
My focus now, in life and this blog, is on Body, Mind and Spirit. Waking up every day thinking about what I can do that day to create a better experience for me, for my family, for those around me and hopefully, for the world.
It is never too late to create a joyful life with purpose that you are proud of. It’s never too late to get out there and do the things you’ve been dreaming up. You can write that novel. You can create that painting. You can raise your voice on issues that you care about. You can go hike that mountain. You can start being kinder to yourself with your words and your actions. You can give yourself grace and be what you want to be. You just have to start.
Just wake up, and create.