We all know my blogging history.  I had a failed fashion blog.  And I’m fully okay with admitting that.  What’s fantastic about blogging is that I’ve learned “It’s okay to shift your focus and design.”  Sometimes life takes you in different directions and you just have to adjust accordingly.  Didn’t the late great John Lennon sing “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans?”  One thing I know I need right now is to take a deep breath, reflect and plan a future course of action for individual selves.  Stop making plans. Instead, start acting.

With recent events unfolding the way they have, and the looming concept of 2017, I feel I have to make a muscle and just go for it.  (still don’t know what “it” is, but I have a feeling “it” has something to do with following your passion project, doing things that don’t feel like work, etc.) And in the initial launch of Piece of Clareity, I was determined to live life and document the sarcastic commentary, and just provide a comedic relief to everyone’s day.  (Comedy at its worst, I’ll tell you).  Temporary pause in creativity, now let’s go refocus.

Make a muscle.  Dive into your passion project and smile.

I’ve done my research.  I have entire Pinterest boards dedicated to Blog Posts, Piece of Clareity (for boosting the blog/bringing it forward into the 22nd century…I’m THAT forward thinking), and At-Home Business.  Yes, I have read tons and tons of books, listening to podcasts, and research on branding/marketing.  I’ve taken some pieces of advice from marketing people, and fellow bloggers, podcasters, you name the media, I’ve absorbed.  I’ve been observing, observing, learning, researching, reading, watching.  Now I guess the time has come to STOP WATCHING, START PLAYING.    But what does that even mean anymore?  Anyone? Answers appreciated.  

But this is where the honesty comes in and I’ll admit the truth.  I’m scared to take this blog to the next level.  I want to so badly, but something keeps holding me back.  And I don’t know what that “something” really is.  I have a feeling that the “something” is fear.  Fear of critique, trolling, mean spirited comments, cyberbullying, what have you.  Then the fear could be “no one really cares.”  Then there’s the personal internal fear of putting this all out there, documenting #year29 with sarcasm, honesty and hilarity to bring a small smile to a stranger’s face.

Piece of Clareity: Take a Leap: Cielhr.com

Then again, why not just take a leap?  “Trust your gut.”  “Go with what you feel.”  “Follow your passion.”  Name a positive “go for it” cliche and insert the cliche here.  Sure, everyone can say these kind words.  But how many of us have actually lived through it and told their story bravely, confidently, and would honestly recommend without hesitation to go ahead and follow suit?  I know someone in my life who has taken a leap and just quit their job.  Although the months following were trying, the outcome was for the better.  And I admire their courage everyday.

So let us take this blog as that “leap of faith” that we are all hesitant to take, but quietly will anyway.  There’s no time like the present to just take the leap and do things.  The blog is already launched, granted, the following isn’t there, but like I tell my students “where the passion lies, the job/money/career/hobby will follow.”  Life took me a long time to reignite the passion and drive.  I know the passion for writing/blogging is there, I just need to act upon the passion and the rest (followers, acknowledgement, etc.) will follow.  

How many of us have actually taken that leap- quit our day jobs and found our true passion project?

So let us take this blog as that “leap of faith” that we are all hesitant to take, but quietly will anyway.  There’s no time like the present to just take the leap and do things.  The blog is already launched, granted, the following isn’t there, but like I tell my students “where the passion lies, the job/money/career/hobby will follow.”  Life took me a long time to reignite the passion and drive.  I know the passion for writing/blogging is there, I just need to act upon the passion and the rest (followers, acknowledgement, etc.) will follow.  

There’s always that lingering anxiety of doubt and overall fear.  I need break away from that fear and go ahead and just reach those goals (not just for the blog) no matter how lofty they are.  (there are some lofty goals).  I’m one of those people who, once I’ve got my mind set on something, I will not let go.  I will do everything to make the goal a reality.  I’m incredibly lucky to be supported by family and friends who are willing to help me achieve my goals and I’m ready to take the leap of faith and do.

 

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