“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Thoreau
Quote see in the lobby of the famous Rockefeller Tower before heading up to the “Top of the Rock”.
Friday I opened my email to find the theme of for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth. I stared at that six letter word and instantly thought of nature and of course my children. Both represent growth to me in different ways. Yet, once I dug a little deeper, I realized that there couldn’t be a more opportune time to receive this email than now. What about my growth?
Looking back over the last year and a half of my life, it is hard to believe how far I’ve come in changing my life. My personal growth over the last 18 months has been unexpected, surprising and immense. If you would have asked me back in January 2011 if I’d ever imagine myself standing here on top of the Rockefeller Tower in New York City, attending BlogHer ’12, a blogging conference of over 5,000 bloggers, I would have shock my head in disbelief. Really?
Or if someone told me that my idealist beliefs of trying to change the world through volunteerism and advocacy would have come to fruition, even in a small way, I would have laughed. Come on? I would have replied, not believing in myself. How can one person make a difference?
Yet fast forward eighteen months later, and I feel like a new woman. Determined. More confident. And aware. Aware that I can be whoever I want to be. Aware that in life, usually it is only yourself that is holding you back. Aware that we have one life to live, so why not just do it? Follow your dreams and go for it.
Back in January 2011 my life changed. Again. As a stay-at-home mom of two small children who had left my career in Corporate America with no plans of ever going back I realized that yes I could change my life and yes I could make a difference. After a life-changing trip to Nepal I started my blog. I finally had a voice, a voice outside of my life as a mom and wife. A piece of me.
It was a huge leap of faith. I worried that no one would read my blog and no one would care. I also worried about my privacy. Exposing myself so opening on the Internet to so many strangers. But little did I know how these worries were unfound and how much blogging would change my life and give me a voice that had been silent for so long. How many strangers would become true friends. How many doors would be opened that were once closed. And to realize that nothing would have ever changed if I didn’t step out of my comfort zone and take a chance. It is true, the only one in life that holds you back is yourself. It is all up to you and the sky is the limit.
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth. To see more entries, click here.
Stay tuned….Although it is going to be a crazy week as I leave again in five days I have had several requests to write about what I learned at the blogging conference I attended, BlogHer ’12. I will try my best to get a post done before I leave Friday!