Blogging has taught me a lot about myself and how I handle things. As I took a look back on 2014, I began to realize just how much that is true. Take a look at this list, and you will see what I mean.
5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Myself
- I love lists. As if this post is an indication, it’s true. I make lists on paper, on Evernote, on Remember the Milk…anything. I could very easily make lists for the sake of making lists. So what do I write lists for? Anything. I could write lists for my day’s activities, my goals for the week, or even just the schedule for the morning. If I can make a list out of it, I will.
- I like researching things and sharing what I’m learning. I could write about things I’ve known for years, but more often than not, I most like to share what I’m learning at the moment. This kindergarten reading list is a prime example of that. It took me months to research the best books, but I loved every minute of it and enjoyed sharing the results even more.[bctt tweet=”Sometimes we create goals that are not realistic, creating more stress than God wants for us.”]
- Sometimes I set goals that are beyond realistic. I like setting goals, and I like striving for something, but sometimes I share goals with others that are not realistic for me, creating more stress in my life than God probably would have intended. My 144 plan was a prime example of this. There was no way I could keep up with 12 topic focused posts a month once my children stopped taking their naps. What seemed realistic at the time, ended up only being a promise I had to let go.
- It is hard for me to be vulnerable. I like looking like I have it altogether (who doesn’t?). After all, that is part of blogging…to share what you know. However, part of blogging is about sharing your shortcomings too so that others can learn from them and better relate to you. After all, we all have our own shortcomings. I’m learning to be better at this (see #3), but it is a struggle I will continue to overcome with God’s help I am sure.[bctt tweet=”Part of #blogging is about sharing your shortcomings so others can learn from them & better relate.”]
- I like to finish tasks I start. This probably goes back to why #3 is such a challenge for me and why #1 can sometimes be my detriment. It is very hard for me not to finish something. Even more, when I am “in the zone,” it is very hard for me to stop what I am doing to do something else. This is why I have actually started blogging in the early morning before the girls get up. If they were to wake up and interrupt me, I might receive their interruption as an irritation, rather than an act of love. And THAT should never be my response, no matter what the cost.