I don’t often share lengthy, thought based posts, but I just wanted share why I take the time to blog. It really is a second job, with hours and hours of work and (for me) no return income. I don’t blog to become “well known” or one-day be a household name, I do it for YOU. I enjoy sharing my life, my experiences, in the hopes to inspire others to lead a positive lifestyle, even if it’s just one or two people.
But I also want you to know I’m human. I make mistakes. I can catch the flu. I don’t want you to think my life is happy-go-lucky all the time, but I try to lead as positive as a life as I can. I want to inspire you to do the same.
The focus of my blog is always shifting. I started of with no purpose, then when I tried to build readership I began to focus on D.I.Y. and homemade projects. After thinking a lot about it, I felt like I was pigeon-holing myself. As much as I love sharing my projects, the purpose was not to create tutorials in the hopes that readers follow them step-by-step, but rather inspire others to take my idea and make it their own. Inspiring and teaching has always been my passion in my life.
I went through a lot of ups and downs in my personal life in the last two years. I’ve always tried to look on the positive side of everything, but sometimes it was really hard. There was a lot of self reflection and mental walkabouts, I kept telling “myself every happens for a reason, you just may not know why right now.” This is when I feel like my blog became really boring. (I’ll admit it, I thought my blog was not a fun read…hopefully it’s enjoyable to read now…)
Shortly after I got a place of my own, I had my friend over for girls night. We had a long discussion about how I never think about myself and always put others needs first (which is very true). That’s when I decided I was going to focus on myself, do what I wanted to do, make myself happy. It was a struggle at first, I kept thinking how selfish it was to only think about myself. I hit a few bumps those first couple of months, but it was a learning experience and I still was much happier. I would look to the blogs I followed for advise and insight on how to be happy without being completely selfish.
I don’t know about you, but a lot of the blogs that I read share post after post about all the fun events happening in their life. I can’t help but paint a euphoric image of the author’s lives, and I’ll admit I get a little jealous, lusting over their carefree life full of happiness and laughter.
I feel like I’m making this post all about myself. (Sorry) Here’s the point I’m trying to make: it IS possible to lead a positive lifestyle that you read on your favorite blogs. Don’t get me wrong, there are always going to be those one-off days, but the point is you can’t let them get you down.
I know what you’re thinking, “OK, Chris Treyger, whatever you say,” but it’s true! Positivity (I think I’m making up this word) is contagious. I wish I had the magic formula or the guide book on how to lead a positive life (I’m sure there is one out there), but I don’t. I won’t even try and make up a list of “5 ways to lead a positive lifestyle” because what works for me, may not work for you!
Here’s what I can tell you: keep your chin up. Ask my friends, I am the one in the group that is always saying “everything is going to be okay!” Even in the middle of a big crying session, I am always the one to crack a joke to lighten the mood.
I love smiling. I love laughing. I love fuzzy blankets.
I enjoy Netflix marathons, hours of crafting, coffee talks, music events, drinks with friends, family nights, my dingo, and traveling to unusual places.
Work hard, play hard. Leave work at work. Enjoy the happy moments. Celebrate the small stuff. All these things I live and breathe.
Final thoughts: I still get mad, I still get stressed, I still get frustrated. I’m human. The key is I don’t let it get to me. Hit the showers, shake it off and move on. Don’t dwell on things you can’t control. Smile once a day.
End soap box.
Now it’s your turn: what helps you stay positive?