This Does Not Define Me

This Does Not Define Me - image via Death to the Stock Photo | kaileenelise.com

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. (St. Francis de Sales)

Hello lovelies. I hope you are having a beautiful day! Things are good around here. I have been practicing yoga more often and trying to get on track with my July goals after the holiday weekend. How is the month more than halfway over? Slow down, summer!

So, here's a bit of truth-telling about blog life... it's been a few weeks since I started blogging again and I've seen a steady decline in my email subscribers. I get these notifications from MailChimp when people unsubscribe and it's been stressing me out! I understand emails pile up and I'm a huge unsubscriber myself, but it's hard not to take it personally.

Now when I sit down to write, a little thought creeps into my head. "Better make this a good one or you'll lose more readers." Such a mean and useless sentiment, right? I would never say that to someone else, so I need to stop thinking it to myself. As silly as it sounds, I need to remind myself that this does not define me. Oh, and I can turn that email notification off.

I'm still getting into a groove with this place. There are so many things that I want to do. I want to take better pictures, craft helpful how-to posts, reawaken my newsletter, post videos, and maybe even work with brands one day. All these ideas are great, but consistency is my focus. The rest will come (or not) with time.

The lesson is in crafting something meaningful. Something I would want to read. Something that's compelling. Something that inspires me. And something that inspires you.

Wise people say the journey is the reward. As much as I know this to be true, it is hard not to get trapped by the bright and shiny payoff. Striving towards goals is important, but there's equal value in boldly standing still and strong. Not staying in one place forever, but long enough to sink in, learn a little, and appreciate the moment.

And when things (aka MailChimp subscribers) slide backwards, that's ok too...

Image via Death to the Stock Photo