How Starting a Blog Helped Me to Live More Intentionally

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Eight months ago, with the beginning of an idea, I started a blog. I had recently completed Seth Godin’s altMBA and had been inspired to start creating something. The idea of being able to say, “I made that,” filled me with equal parts excitement and dread. During the altMBA I had also been challenged to take more control of my life, to be more intentional with the use of my time and energy. Thus, Thriving Intentionally was born.

 

The commitment to post every week is something that I set for myself. There is nobody holding me accountable to that goal, there is simply me, my thoughts, and my own self-discipline. There are no consequences for missing a week, other than my own disappointment. The blog was meant to be an outlet, a place to discuss what I was learning and how I was growing on this journey to live life more intentionally. What I didn’t expect was how big of a role the blog itself would have on my attempt at living more intentionally.

 

It’s all about perspective and reflection.

 

The overall theme of “thriving intentionally in every area of life” is quite broad. Each week I need to come up with something specific to write about and I like to tie it into what’s happening in my life at that time. As a result, I’m pushed to evaluate my days, my interactions, experiences, and actions in more detail. With this perspective, I’m focused on lessons I can learn, areas where I can grow, and changes I can make.

 

This reflection happens as I look back and assess, but then is deepened as I write about it. When I write, I’m trying to tie in lessons I’ve learned from others with my own experiences and the time spent processing these things allows for these lessons to really sink in, to become applicable to my life in real ways.

 

This has become especially helpful in the alternate weeks where I discuss what I’ve learned from the various books I’m reading. I’m a big believer in the power of reading, but it is often too easy to enjoy a book while reading it, and then never think about it again. When I know I’m going to be writing about a book, I approach it differently – more intentionally. Instead of reading the book and looking for those broad lessons, I’m looking for specific takeaways, practical lessons I can immediately apply to my life. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to enjoy an entire book in order to learn one or two things from it.

 

Now if you’re on the journey of trying to thrive intentionally, I’m not saying you have to start a blog. The key is the shift in perspective and the reflection. There are different ways to achieve this. Perhaps you can start journaling, or share your goal with someone who is willing to hold you accountable and is someone you can have regular conversations with. I was expecting this blog to be an outlet as I started this journey, I didn’t expect it to be the main thing keeping me on track.

 

What can you implement in your life to shift your perspective and focus your reflection?

 

Categories: Musings

4 Comments

Mark · April 30, 2019 at 4:04 pm

The title alone was enough to make me want to read this post! Seeing how it’s benefitted you was inspiring and made perfect sense!

You made the statement that one doesn’t have to do a blog, and I was thinking to myself, “after reading about all these benefits, why wouldn’t I?”

I’d be interested to hear how your voice has developed over time.

This is a great post!

Courtney · April 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Hi Erin! I can relate to you 100%! This year I’ve been publishing on a weekly basis for personal reflections, and it is interesting how it changes your perspective on your daily interactions. I would think your mix of reading a lot, then writing a lot, has changed your life in some way for the better. When I first committed to weekly publishing I was nervous, did you have doubts you could keep the commitment? How did you get yourself pumped to write even when you had all the excuses not to? I also tend to panic that I won’t have anything to write about, but have rarely shown up to write and left with a blank page. How do you keep your ideas flowing? Congrats on making it 8 months, here’s to 8 more!

Helen Lim · April 23, 2019 at 12:35 am

Your reflections about reading a book versus reading a book you’re going to write about are a great metaphor for living intentionally. Isn’t it something that with the added nuance that you’re going to write about this book, the action of reading the book is more intentional?

I relate to your journey because I’ve been blogging now for a year. With this post, I feel inspired to consider how I’ve changed within the year. For you, is the answer to “What’s it for?” the same now as when you started the blog? The best part about the reflections is how much more understanding we get about ourselves and how to live intentionally.

Maria · April 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm

Hi Erin,

I enjoyed very much reading your blog that reminded me of my daily writing and blogging journey. Thank you. Writing, journaling, and blogging help me as well to be intentional, be present, make good decisions, and keep my work and life forward.

“The commitment to post every week is something that I set for myself. There is nobody holding me accountable to that goal, there is simply me, my thoughts, and my own self-discipline. There are no consequences for missing a week, other than my own disappointment.”

What about the promise to those you have subscribed to your blog and wait to hear from you?

What changes in our posture when we move from journaling to blogging?

How do you see accountability and purpose change when we start blogging?

I would love to know your thoughts. Thank you again for the wonderful insights and generous suggestions to the readers. I cannot wait to read your next blog.

Maria

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