On April 4, 2016, missninjacookie.com had its one year anniversary. Because I spent every free minute last week preparing all the documents for my tax return, I didn’t manage to write an anniversary post on that day, but I’m making up for that now.
I’d like to celebrate by sharing 5 reasons why I’m grateful for and proud of this little blog of mine and by sharing my favorite pictures from all of my previous posts. Here we go :)
1) My blog teaches me consistency.
Sure, I’m not one of the super dedicated bloggers who spend all of their free time preparing posts and perfecting their social media strategy and researching and taking pictures… but for me, posting roughly one post a week is a huge step in terms of consistency. In addition to that, I first started my aerial yoga morning routine as part of a challenge I set myself on the blog – and it has since become one of my most beloved habits. A morning without aerial yoga only happens when I’m spending the night at some place where I can’t install the hammock. Which, luckily, does not happen often.
2) It motivates me to do more of what I love…
… which is spending time in the aerial hammock, being outside searching for beautiful spots and amazing light with awesome people who happen to love photography – and yes, sometimes that also means staying in a pose a bit longer than it feels comfortable because I want to give my photographer enough time to experiment with different angles and perspectives and stuff, but i love hanging upside down so much I don’t really mind most of the time anyway.
3) It helps me put a certain distance between myself and my thoughts.
I write down short scraps of text all the time, but it often takes weeks until they turn into something that remotely resembles a blog post. I go through my notes again and again and sometimes recognize patterns that way, or I realize how something may have shifted since I first wrote down a certain piece of text, how maybe I already see things in a different light.
4) It made me understand the concept of „just do it“.
I don’t have a clear vision for where my blog is supposed to be going. I do write about stuff that I’m passionate about or trains of thought that keep me awake at night, but it’s a lot of trial and error, a lot of „I don’t know“, a lot of „figuring it out while i’m doing it“. If I had decided to wait to start the blog until I had found the perfect layout or until I had decided on a certain visual vocabulary or until I was sure of the direction in which the project is supposed to be going, missninjacookie.com would still not have gone live. And I would have missed out on a couple of fun experiences and lots and lots of lessons.
5) I’m learning to care less about what other people think.
For some people who have known me for a while and who know I tend to have a hard time loving myself and my looks it might seem weird that I post quite a lot of pictures of myself.
The thing is, I love the creative process. I love it when from about 500 pictures we took in a photo session I find about ten in which I’m totally okay with my face. I love playing with the images in photoshop to create different moods. I get to create something, whatever it is. And it feels good.
When I was little, I loved playing dress up and creating fantasy worlds with my siblings SO much. And maybe in a way I’m rediscovering this side of myself at the moment. So… future pictures might show that side of me a bit more. We’ll see. And I’m trying not to think about „oh but what would person x think… what if person y finds my pictures ridiculous, what if person z doesn’t like me anymore because they don’t approve of what I’m doing here“ but instead focus on whatever makes me feel alive.
6) I’m getting better at honoring my muse, or my „elusive creative genius“, as the fabulous Elizabeth Gilbert would call it.
When I have an idea for a blog post, I take notes. Right in that very moment, if possible. I don’t ignore it and hope I’ll remember it in the morning, or when I have time to sit down, or when I’m alone. I appreciate the fact that an idea has come to me, and I write it down as soon as I can (until then, I might repeat it like a mantra in my head so I won’t forget it. Because there are moments when it’s impossible to jot down a note. Leaving my mat in the middle of a yoga class to type on my phone is NOT something that will ever happen. I hope my muse understands that :D)
Now, over to you: If you have your own blog (or some other ongoing creative project) how do you feel about it… and why?