You are reading my 100th blog post. ONE HUNDREDTH. I’m so proud and so excited that I managed to reach this milestone. I’ve decided to celebrate this benchmark by writing about some of my experiences along the way. This post is about the lessons I’ve learnt and about some plans for the future. I’ll give you a glimpse of my “behind the scenes” that I disclose on my social media from time to time.
When you write a blog, it may seem at first that you’re doing this for yourself. And to some extent, it is certainly so. You need to love what you do in order to feel motivated to write. You need to like the effect to be able to say ‘It’s a piece of me’ – and then send it to the world. You need to be authentic to attract the right people; to attract the audience who cares and who will be interested in your values. I met (virtually or in real life) hundreds of people – artists, designers, craftsmen, resellers, photographers, architects, journalists, bloggers, businessmen and businesswomen who participate in the making of this blog every day. And I also haven’t met thousands of people who read this blog and let me spend a moment in their lives. I’m so grateful for all these bonds. Not only do they keep me writing this blog; they make me a better person.
This was one of the lessons I’ve learnt from a wonderful creator, Patricia Mitchell. There’s always a moment you want to quit. This blog is not my full time job (although it is, judging by the time I spend on it 😉 ). I’m a full time mum and wife, and a full time researcher/educator, too :). It takes a lot of perseverance and strength to manage your time in such a way that you achieve your goals. I know that pursuing my passions in this blog is one of the best thing I can do for myself and for my family. The most important thing is not to put too much pressure on yourself. To be consistent and focused – yes. To be ruthless – no. One of the most beautiful things I’ve heard recently was what Cheryl Strayed said while interviewed by Marie Forleo: “Be gentle to yourself.” It is then that magic happens.
I love creating moodboards. They organize reality which is overloaded with incentives. In my free e-mail course I teach that you can find inspiration by engaging all of your senses, and that it will help you reach the integrity that you can later “translate” into your style – everywhere. This is a glimpse of my creative process:
Dare to be inspired.
This is one of the most valuable life lessons I’ve learnt. I’ve always approached people with open heart. Yes, it is risky. But, let’s say I contacted a thousand people while working on the blog. I can count maybe 3 people who said ‘No’ (or did something negative) that hurt me. The people who said ‘Yes’ are my idols, such as an American writer Jonathan Carroll or a ‘Sex and the City’ set designer Lydia Marks. The more you give, the more you get. It’s always a special moment when I can put a smile on somebody’s face because I promoted their shop, blog or product. I know how important it is for them and how good I feel when someone does it for me.
Whatever your dream is – stay focused. There will be detours, slips and unexpected stops, but if you remain focused, hardworking and passionate, you will reach your goal. It usually takes time and a stroke of luck, but there is a ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow. Even if not – isn’t it a wonderful thing to spend your life walking along the rainbow?
There will be new things coming soon to the blog (more interviews, for example). If you have some ideas or suggestions as for what you’d like to see/read about here, drop me a line or two in the comment box below.
Wishing you all the joy, inspiration and success.