This isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to blogging. My original blog “Lemme Just Say” was birthed out of a desire for expression. I had just found out what blogging was and figured I’d enjoy it. I did enjoy it but there was one problem: after some time, I could not be consistent. Keeping up with posts became more of a chore than it should have been. That was where I screwed up.
Fast forward to 2016. The emergence of “Keshia’s Modern Life”. The circumstances are completely different. Not only do I blog as a means of self-expression, but also from a desire to create something. I’m not the most handy with a paintbrush or any other artsy tools but I spent years in professional kitchens creating dishes with my hands. There’s something about the use of my hands that makes me feel like I’ve really done something. My current job does not involve such creative release. The only thing I get to create is a particular experience (which is a good thing, but still not as fulfilling). I’ve had ideas on how to use what talents I have to create something that can be shared.
For whatever reason–likely my amazing ability to procrastinate–I found myself brainstorming without actually DOING. It’s not like I had no support. I’ve had so many friends tell me that I had the tools that were just waiting to be used. Even with all of the suggestions and support, I stalled.
Until that fateful day.
Until the one day I sat at home and committed to making something happen. I had a fever. The only cure was more cowbell. In this instance, that cowbell was my return to blogging. Since I’ve gotten back into the blogging saddle, I’ve realized that I AM a creative spirit. I DO have the power to spread positivity outside of my personal circle of people. I can do all of these things while making myself feel better about life’s situations. I feel like I am fulfilling some purpose (even if I don’t exactly know what that is).
You know that feeling where you see so many signs that seem to confirm what you already know you should be doing? I’ve seen them. I saw different posts online about creating, and my urge to do so just kept growing. To make matters worse–or better–once I began this blog, I got my hands on my friend Brittney’s book, “Keep Calm and Create On”. If I had any doubts about what creating could do, that book squashed all of them. The urge to create doesn’t happen without reason. It is something you just have to do. As Brittney said, “Just Create!”. There’s no one stopping you from using your gifts. Only you have that power. Invest in your gifts. Invest in yourself.
I pushed past uncertainty and took a chance on myself. I don’t know it all and I don’t have it all. However, there’s one thing I know for certain: I am determined to be master and commander of my well-being. In order to do this, I must put plan to action. I can bet $0.50 (that’s pushing it) that at least ONE person reading this is battling themselves on whether or not to put that idea of theirs to practice. There’s at least one person worried about timing or rate of success. Forget about it. I’m not an expert by any means, but as a serial procrastinator, I know from experience that absolutely nothing will be done until you set that plan or idea into motion.
What are you waiting for? You’re not doing anything but sitting on the couch! Don’t you care about your future? Pick up the phone and call Ever—sorry. Wrong post.