I officially launched my blog February 12th, however, I actually secretly began working on my blog back in October. It was something I REALLY wanted to do, but I wasn’t exactly sure I was going to pull-off. I (still) know very little about computers, knew nothing about blogging and had a shoes-string budget. Not even owning a “real” social media account with followers (other than Instagram which I used to follow my kids), I wasn’t really sure how I was going to reach out to people? How was I going to find enough people who would be interested in following me? The answers to my questions weren’t really clear (still aren’t), but the only way to find out was to dive in, trying my very best not to face-plant in front of everyone! I got the buy-in from my husband and kids, bought my domain name, ordered 3 books from Amazon to help educate myself on my new ‘job’ and I gave there rest to God! I’m celebrating My Casa Di Bella’s one month anniversary and 5 new life lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Lesson #1: The word “opportunity” is not really a noun. It describes an action, therefore it’s a verb. Opportunities very rarely just present themselves, you have to create them! I secretly started this journey back in October 2017, but I didn’t actually launch my blog till mid February 2018. Realistically, I guess this website/blogging opportunity was always in front of me, but I wasn’t ready. I was waiting for ‘the right’ moment to come knocking on my door. Watching all of my friends and a few fellow bloggers (one of my favorites is KelleyNan) create their own amazing opportunities, I realized that ‘the right moment’ was not really about a time in life that I was waiting to appear before me, but about me having the courage to take the first step and create the time!
Lesson #2: Money doesn’t deliver success. Although having the money to hire someone to do all of the work for me would have been REALLY nice (and a whole heck of a lot easier), I committed to learning this on my own. Starting with what I had (a computer and a camera), building on what I know, educating myself on what I didn’t know and tapping into my passion for what I love, I created a website. Guaranteed, my shoestring budget made it harder to get started, but no one can put a price tag on the dedication and drive needed to make this blog happen.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
Lesson #3: It’s not what I have in my life, but who I have in my life that matters! This isn’t something I just learned in the last month, but it’s a phrase that is very relevant to me at this moment in my life. I’m more than humbled by the sea of support from the most unexpected of friends and family. My husband and mom have been my greatest cheerleaders along the way, and my heart beats a little harder and faster because they believe in me. I feel very blessed over the daily notes of encouragement and personal comments sent by friends and family. I’m speechless over the many who have gone out of their way to share my website with others. You have no idea how grateful I am for the friends I’ve made who have become a great part of my weekly journey. Because of you ALL the first month of this journey has been super rewarding. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Lesson #4: I can’t expect to have 100+ friends and 100+ subscribers! I’ll be honest with you, this is an area that I’m still struggling with. Not all of my friends and family that I share my life with both on a daily basis and in the social media world have chosen to follow my blog. This sounds so superficial…I totally get it! My blog is where I dedicate hours and hours of my time and pour out my heart. The fact that the future of this website depends on the amount of subscribers I have means that every one of you is helping me get one step closer to meeting my goals. So, it stings a bit. But, the lesson here for me is that I can’t expect everyone I know to understand and support my passion and personal interest. We all live very busy lives and we each show our love and support in different ways. It’s all good. 😉
Lesson #5: “A bird sitting on a branch is never afraid of it breaking, because her trust isn’t in the branch but in the flight of her own wings.”. (Author Unknown) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Stumbling upon this quote not long ago I fell in love with its beauty and personal meaning. If you had told me a year ago that I was going to start a website and begin blogging I would have laughed hysterically out loud. It’s a FULL time job and just 4 months ago I had no idea what blogging included. Fast forward one month post-blog launch I’m proud of My Casa Di Bella’s success. I’ve fallen many times in flight, but I have never face planted. I’ve made some silly mistakes along the way, but I’ve never lost focus. I’m learning something new everyday. My goals keep growing and my excitement for My Casa Di Bella’s future is greater than ever! I’m taking flight!