Hey, hi, hello. Happy Friday Eve!
So, before I go any further, let me just say this upfront: This post is less about baking and more about blogging – or sticking with any goal, really.
I know, I’m breaking the cardinal rule of blogging by talking about something outside of my “niche,” but hopefully my feelings will resonate with some other people out there!
Any other bloggers ever have serious impostor syndrome? What would make anyone want to read what I’m saying? What makes me unique? What makes me think I will be successful in a sea of BILLIONS of blogs? Did I jump on the blog train too late? Are blogs even gonna be a thing in a year or two?
PHEW. And that’s just a small sampling of all the thoughts I have going on in my brain. Exhausting, right? With all that and more going on in my head, it can be hard to want to keep going.
So, I started thinking: What can I, and other people out there, remember when they’d much rather watch Netflix than work towards their goal?
I like writing. I can honestly write all day (and do, between work and this blog). But when you’re putting hard work into something and don’t instantly become the next Joy the Baker, it’s discouraging (albeit ridiculous to think it happens like that). I suppose the same goes for working out, trying to find a new job, whatever. Maybe our society’s need for instant gratification has ultimately ruined us ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I need to remember: These things takes time. Lots of time. Like years or even decades of time. I have to imagine everyone feels this way starting out, but you just. keep. going.
I’m also starting to reflect more on why I started this blog. Am I really wanting to become a better baker? Yes. Is this challenge about more than that? Also yes. I think this whole thing is helping me figure out what I ultimately want: to write, inspire others, create things, and wake up wanting to hustle every day. It’s also reminding me to put one foot in front of the other and do something towards my goal EVERY DAY, even if that something is just a single little post on Instagram.
Remember why you started. Write it down and look at it daily if you need to. Who cares if my cakes turn out crappy or my blog posts are “off topic,” as long as I don’t quit my goal of not quitting?
On the flip side, don’t obsess. It can become easy to fixate on your idea and constantly think about things you should be doing to keep the momentum going, but you need to give it a rest occasionally or you’ll drive yourself crazy.
Lastly, let it go, let it goooooooo. Go ahead and feel frustrated for a sec, but then drop it. You don’t want your high standards to ruin your days, your relationships, or your spirit!
If all else fails, do what I do and take a nap. You’ll feel better after.
Let me know if you can relate to ANY of this and what kinds of things you tell yourself to just keep swimming. And follow @beginnerbakes on Instagram if you wanna see pretty pics of desserts that have nothing to do with this post 🙂
Header image from Society 6.