Gaining confidence

I’m a naturally shy and quiet person. I’ve been this way my entire life. My family used to joke that people should worry about me because I was so quiet that they never knew what was going through my head and that I was probably planning something. In reality the only thing going through my mind was creative ideas of stories.

A little side note, I have always wanted to be a writer. I have written countless short stories through the years. Nothing worthy of publishing. But it’s been a dream of mine. Some good advice I got in high school was that good writers read good books. I love to read and live with my nose stuck in a book.

This dream is what led me to decide to try blogging. As a way of challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone, blogging is a great way to get my writing out and make connections with other creative individuals. I have not been blogging long, but have felt more confident and comfortable expressing my thoughts and telling people about my dreams.

I was very nervous about starting a blog because I’m not one to share my writing. But as we all know if I want to write my own books and have them published then I need to get over that fear. The first person I told about starting a blog was my 5 year old son. He has been my greatest inspiration because it was just he and I for the beginning of his life. We have an amazing bond so it was normal for me to confide in him first. I next told my younger sister who was supportive but didn’t have much thought about it. I took the leap and told my husband who, not meaning to, has been the biggest damper on me following my dreams. He prefers for me to do something that is more realistic than devoting my life to writing. He was, however, very supportive and enthusiastic. I started feeling more confident with the comments other bloggers were leaving and seeing that my blog was being followed. I decided to tell my in-laws and they were very supportive. I had a lengthy conversation with my brother in-law’s wife who told me that her friend is a successful blogger. She makes money from her blog which I’m hoping to get there one day as well. I finally decided to tell my side of the family.

Another side note, my family are the most judgmental people I know. I love them and I have a very good relationship with my entire family. But they are gossipy and judgmental. They were happy for me but they don’t think it’s going to last long before I give up on it.

Even with my family’s negativity, I am still feeling accomplished. I have started on my journey to making myself happy and challenging myself. This has been the greatest thing to happen to me and I am so glad I took the chance. I love how I have been feeling like I’m walking on air. I’ve been light and happy. My children have noticed how my mood has changed as well. I’m enjoying this journey and can’t wait to finally make my dreams come true.

Published by Ashleyhouck

I’m a stay at home mom to 3 wonderful angels and many fur babies.

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