Blogs are popping up everywhere. Businesses, non-profits, personal..everyone, everywhere is blogging right now. And there’s some good to it, and, there’s also some negative aspects to it.
As a writer, I’ve wrestled with the increase of people using blogs as a way to share their voice and opinions. I _love _seeing people share their voice, story, opinions, and heart. I think, for the most part, it’s healthy and a good thing to do. What I dislike is the sanctity to writing that’s been somewhat lost by the availability for everyone to post everything anytime they want.
It feels like people have seen what works for some, and decided to replicate it, over and over again. We see this on social media a ton with slang words being born (like LIT), and the perfect filter usage being a daily pressure (just me?).
We were each given specific gifts, strengths, language, styles, personalities, and purpose. If we all continue to replicate what we see working for someone else, we’re going to start looking a lot like the Twilight Zone’s Stepford Wives.
Our businesses need us to function out of our strengths. Our _world _needs us to work out of our strengths. If we are wasting all of our energy trying to copy someone else’s natural-born talents, well we are robbing the world of something really great, and that is sad.
Here are a few things to remember, next time you’re tempted to get down on yourself or copy someone else’s abilities:
No one person is meant to do everything. It’s just not reasonable, sane, or possible. Do what you _do well, and set aside a budget to hire someone to do the things you don’t do well or enjoy. My very first freelance client asked me to design a pamphlet for her non-profit. It started out as a conversation about writing content, then turned into me trying to teach myself Adobe Illustrator, then dropping the client (after leaving her hanging for a few weeks). It was _THE WORST!
I let my pride and need to feel like I could do it all totally control this opportunity, and I failed. Now, one of the first things I let interested clients know is that I do no graphic design work; I do, however have a list of talented referrals and have even offered to take a pay cut to help pay for this unexpected expense. I’d rather miss out on some money then be frustrated and offer less than my best to my craft and client. _Be honest _about what you can and can’t do-your client will thank you!
Make a mood board
I am a huge fan of Pinterest. It can get dangerous for a brain like mine (hyper-creative, input-oriented, easily distracted), but it’s helped me so much with getting a vision for each of our blog series, my home, my goals, and more. Take some time and make a 2017 board for each area of life (example: 2017 Work, 2017 Home, 2017 Family, 2017 Travel…) to make a visual collection of what you want your year to look like. Don’t pin what’s trendy or cool today, put on there what you _love, what _you _find beautiful, and what brings joy to _you. If it helps, make it private-this eliminates all pressure to be trendy!
Remember, the world needs YOU
YOU. Not a fabricated, perfectly styled box of who you are trying to be like, but you. _You may totally stink at grammar, but kill it in Creative Suite. You may love answering emails and phone calls, accounting and crunching numbers, but the thought of networking or selling something makes you want to curl up in a ball and cry-_that’s ok! _Step fully into what you _know, _without a shadow of a doubt, you were created for. The world needs it. The world needs _you.
If we are going to be women who are breaking new ground and changing the world, we must start by recognizing what exactly we alone can offer. Starting here will set us up to be the movement makers we are all meant to be, using the gifts we’ve been given.