A few years ago I found myself questioning everything.
I was juggling a very busy work schedule. Working in an extremely busy prenatal practice with one of the country’s top perinatologists, teaching Pilates 3-4 days per week, consulting for a number of gestational diabetes & prenatal organizations, speaking at medical conferences, seeing private nutrition clients whenever I could squeeze them in…
It was rare to have a full day off.
And yet some crazy part of me wanted to start a blog (and maybe write a book), but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.
What would I write about? Nutrition? Pilates? Prenatal stuff? Gestational diabetes? Cooking?
Who would actually want to read it?
Why would I work on something that doesn’t bring me income?
What if people didn’t like what I wrote?
What if my colleagues think I’m a weirdo?
What if, what if, what if…
I almost let that fear get the best of me. Actually, it did for quite a while.
In my first year of blogging, I think I wrote maybe 6 articles. I agonized over every word. Questioned each sentence.
A simple post would quickly turn into a thesis-like monster that read like a dry research article written by a 75-year old academic. There were tangents upon tangents, each of which were backed up with scientific references (because how in the world could I, in good conscience, put anything out into the world without painstakingly citing every last detail and exploring all of the loopholes of nutritional science?!).
It was awful.
I’d spend DAYS writing a single piece, only to throw in the towel and walk away because it was too complex, too incomplete, too _____.
You get the idea.
Well that was then, and this is now.
More than 2 years ago, after teaching a series of informal nutrition workshop and getting rave reviews, I realized something. People they like the way I teach. They don’t want to learn from a professor (if they did, they’d take a college nutrition class).
But they still want to learn scientifically-backed information – just in a way that’s easily digestible.
I made a promise to myself that I would return to my tired old blog (which was hideous at the time) and write something each week. It wouldn’t be perfect, but I would share it anyways.
I scheduled time each week to write my article & email newsletter.
And guess what?
I did it.
This past week I realized I’ve written a new blog post every week without fail (minus one when I re-shared a post that led to a magazine interview) for more than 2 YEARS!
With 52 weeks in a year, that’s a lot of articles, many of which have been viewed over 100,000 times. (I still have to do a double take on my google analytics from time to time.)
And despite receiving an ungodly amount of hate mail, especially over this post, I’m still at it.
I still have my fair share of excuses and “ifs, ands, or buts” that come up and I definitely have weeks where I don’t want to write, but writing regularly is so ingrained in my schedule that it’s become a habit. It’s non-negotiable.
Without my blog, I’d have no business and I definitely wouldn’t have had the mojo to write a book. The majority of my private clients, participants in my online gestational diabetes course, and book fans find me from my blog.
You amazing people, in turn, help support the operation of this blog (and inspire me to keep writing and sharing free articles each week) without having icky advertising all over my site. And I intend to keep it that way for the long haul.
My point in sharing this, other than a mini celebration, is to remind you that you have a choice in life.
If you’ve been thinking about eating healthier, the only one stopping you is YOU.
If you’ve been wanting to go back to school, the only one stopping you is YOU.
If you’ve been wishing you could write a blog, the only one stopping you is YOU.
Yes, life gets in the way. It always does and it always will.
And no matter your circumstances, you have a choice, even if that choice for now is simply your reaction to all the not-so-great circumstances. (Notice I used the word “and” instead of “but” right there? There’s a reason for that.)
If I’ve learned any lessons from the blog, it’s this: if you have something you’ve been thinking about doing for years, do it. Consider this your little nudge.
Now go and make some lemonade with those lemons, ok?
Wanna celebrate with me?
Let me hear it in the comments below and if you have a request for a future blog post topic, I want to know!
Until next week,
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