People will only be able to understand you if they have a little insight on what has shaped your character and made you into the person you are today. I am excited to share with you how my life has positively changed from last year until today – my FIRST blog birthday! Yayyyyy!
This year I promised myself I would crawl out of my comfort zone, share more about my personal story, show more pictures of me on my blog, in short – open up more.
I love sharing stories, tips, advice and experiences, which at times can be very hard to do when you are a shy, OCD, control freak introvert.
Oh, in case you didn’t know…..this is me:
I initially started this blog to share my experiences as a first time mom who was simply learning by doing. I needed an outlet and a place to journal my feelings and thoughts as I had just started working on myself emotionally. Well, a year later, I now run this amazing (at least in my opinion) lifestyle blog.
For me, there are so many life changing incidents, moments, situations that have contributed to me being exactly where I am right this minute. Is it God? Is it fate? Did I also have something to do with it?
Over the past 12 months, my little one has gone from being a tiny crawling baby to an unstoppable toddler. I have gone from being a first time mom on maternity leave to going back to work, began my journey of self-improvement, removed toxic people from my life, started my blog, and travelled!
Radical, but very real – it has not been an easy journey but whoa, completely worth it!
Ways My Life Has Positively Changed Since Becoming A Mom
Stay At Home Mom: The daily routine is what hits you first, no more setting the alarm clock to get up in time for work. Gone are the days where you need to be sure you are dressed the part, sitting up the night before reading work emails, planning your work day while watching your favourite series and eating dinner all at the same time.
The excitement of having a new baby to care of, someone to love and care about, a person who cannot speak words but shows you daily unconditional love is such an amazing and rewarding feeling that trying to describe it in words just would not do the feeling justice. The milestones come rolling in quick – first words, “mama”, “dada”, first tooth, crawling, walking, and before you know it you have a toddler that is 20 months old, knows what he wants, is independent, can communicate well for his age, and is off to daycare every morning with a smile on his face and a kiss for mama.
Working Mom: I must say I was very worried about transitioning from being on maternity leave for a year, to going back to work. Anxiety, guilt and worry for how my little one would adjust. if I would miss out on too many milestones, what was best for the family? It started out with a lot of guilt. I wondered if all moms faced guilt after maternity leave when returning to work.
Well, it has all turned out so wonderfully. I work 30 hours instead of my past 40 hour week, and loving my job and being a working mom. It is okay to work and be away from your child for 7 hours in the day, it doesn’t mean I love him any less. I value and cherish all our moments during the rest of the day and on weekends now more than ever. Parenting is the most amazing thing in the world.
Ways My Life Has Positively Changed Since I Started Writing
This is somewhat funny because at this time last year, I had only known about WordPress for about a week.
I had no idea what Pinterest was – what??? and knew absolutely nothing about blogging, let alone SEO, keywords, Yoast, or Canva. And – no, I was not living under a rock. I had just not ever heard about any of this because I was never on the internet researching this or looking out for anything similar to it.
Have you ever started something new without really knowing what you were doing or what was headed your way? The challenges you would be facing?
Well, in October/November 2015, I started writing and purchased a domain. Did not do any research about picking domain names, just chose one that had meaning to me. Lucky for me it was available.
Facial expressions are contagious! Good or bad. Mimicking smiles or frowns of others helps us better understand what other people are feeling, allowing us to respond appropriately. Smiling releasees chemicals (good ones)! Whether you’re walking into work in the morning, out shopping, eating in a restaurant, you’re going to come in contact with people every single day. Be confident with your smile, pass it on to someone today. More motivation on my blog. Link in bio. 📌🖌 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 #motivation #love #ambition #ambitions #motivational #life #inspiration #inspirational #goals #success #dream #smile #thoughts #wednesdaywisdom #wednesday #sharethelove #smilemore #abmlifestyle #abmlifeissweet #happythoughts
Anyway, I published posts and hope someone out there on the web would see it. Needless to say – CRICKETS…! How does blogging work anyway?
Then I discovered WordPress, switched hosts immediately, started working on the layout of my blog and was able to connect with a few people. This in turn allowed me to ask a plethora of questions and here I am loving every moment of this experience.
I have met so many wonderful people along the way, I am still learning new things every day, and while all of this is not as easy as some may think, it is a wonderful chapter in my life.
My life has positively changed through this blog because just as this blog is a work in progress, so am I. An amazing therapeutic journey will lots to share and learn along the way.
My Life Has Positively Changed Through Positive Thinking
Not everything is roses, flowers, pink and fluffy. I know that. Simply thinking positively will not change your life without any action behind it. Letting go of toxic people in your life is a tough experience. but it will leave you with a huge sense of relief. Freedom.
Some relationships should be dissolved gently, while others need to be cut off immediately.
Being around negativity can really knock the wind out of your sails. Having the right people in your life will make you feel at ease, uplifted, motivated, and supported.
You will also find that you complain a lot less about things when you have a positive mindset. People who complain are usually negative and pessimistic by nature.
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10 Ways To Make Changes In Your Life
- Reconnect with yourself by loving and accepting who you are
- Make happiness a habit – Happiness is a choice you make daily
- Identify new areas of opportunity – In life, career, friendships
- Connect with people – being vulnerable is okay
- Increase your confidence – Speak positive affirmations to yourself and believe them too
- Don’t settle – Always shoot for the very best and you will achieve it
- Get clear on your goals – Set realistic and achievable goals without overwhelming yourself
- Get moving – walk, exercise, go to the gym, anything you feel comfortable doing for at least 45 mins a day
- Let go of the past – it is where it belongs
- Remember that you deserve the best life has to offer!