As you may (or may not) have noticed, I’ve stopped updating my blog. I think about my blog regularly, but I just haven’t been able to get myself to post anything. In the true spirit of blogging, I’ve decided to evaluate this resistance in the form of a list because bloggers love lists.

The five reasons I’ve stopped posting to my blog:

  1. In the words of my three year old son “I don’t wanna and you can’t make me”: I’ve stopped posting because I haven’t felt like doing it. I no longer aim to do things just because I feel like I have to. I have to want to do it.
  2. I felt like an imposter: I’ve really struggled with imposter syndrome. Who am I to write anything about any topic? I’m not a writer…I’m not a health professional…what do I know?
  3. Life’s been busy: I know everyone says this and its true, but writing takes time.
  4. I felt exposed: Blogging means putting yourself out there. Anytime you share your thoughts or ideas with the world you are opening yourself up, and this truly freaked me out (especially when my blog started receiving followers that I didn’t know).
  5. Go big or go home, right?: I will never be the blogger who has 1000’s of followers or one who includes professional pictures with every post. It’s not my goal for this blog. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with this, but my “all in or all out” mindset had me questioning the point of even continuing.

So there they are…the five excuses that I have been repeating to myself every week when I think about posting. That’s right…I said excuses. When I started looking at this list as a list of excuses instead of reasons, it changed my view. I hate excuses. I hate making them and I hate hearing them. As I thought about this, I decided it was time for a rebranding. Shift the blog to what I want it to be now.

So what am I really trying to accomplish with this blog? The answer to this question is this…my life is a work in progress. I am on an endless journey of growth and through this journey I like to push myself and try new things and at times I obsess over these things. I strive to become the most skilled novice you will ever meet. I jump in, I research, I ask questions and I work at it. I am the tenacious novice….the passionate nonprofessional. Going forward, what I aim to do is share what I find through throwing myself into whatever I am obsessing over in that minute. I will never be the authority on any topic, but I will give real honest feedback and insight into my experiences in hopes that you too will gain something from what I learn.