Renewed Intentions and Clearer Focus

I realize this post is late, and I hardly ever post late. If you are a loyal reader, you know that I almost always post by 5am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

To be honest, for the past week I’ve been stumbling and circling around with my words; unsure of what to say to you as readers. I’ve been stuck.

Why?

I’ve been discouraged lately with my blog.

To sum it up, I’ll share with you part of a message I issued to my readers on my Facebook page.

“A personal message to my readers-

I was feeling a bit discouraged lately with the direction Inspiration Indulgence has been going in and I wanted to share my thoughts with you all. I was unsettled and anxiety ridden with how scattered my blog is with so many different niches: self-improvement, travel, fashion, recipes, and more. I kept thinking about what you as readers like the most and was wondering if I should delete certain parts of my blog and only focus on one niche. i.e. ONLY travel, ONLY self-improvement, etc. It was a bit discouraging to me because I have so many interests and love writing about a variety of topics, and didn’t want to lose readers because of this large variety.”

I’ll stop you right there and explain a bit further.

I’ve always struggled with minor anxiety. I emphasizse the “minor” part because it’s not something I choose to medicate or something that I feel is serious enough to call full-blown anxiety. I don’t take that word lightly because I know there are far more severe cases that I do not wish to shadow. Even so, I do struggle with a little anxiety. I like to be in control of things and I live my life in a very organized and ordered fashion. I do not like to be scattered or thrown about in different directions.

It has been bothering me for so long about which direction my blog is going in. My readers – YOU GUYS- are the most important pieces of the puzzle to me. Ultimately, I want my writing to resonate with you and encourage you to live your life in a better way. Like I mentioned in my Facebook post above that I shared with you, I was feeling very discouraged because I felt that I was losing readers over having such a diverse lifestyle blog. I know that not EVERYBODY likes to travel, I know that some of you just don’t CARE about the recipes I post. And the list goes on.

The truth is, I love many facets of my life and I cannot simply choose which one to focus on. Could I quit blogging about travel and recipes and just focus on self-improvement (my most popular and most shared) posts? Of course I could. But would it be me? Certainty not. You see, I am a person who is unique and who is a collection of diverse talents, passions, and hobbies. To not share my perspective and experiences would be cheating myself.

I felt so stuck that I turned to my friends at the Blog Passion Project and even Skyped with a dear blogging friend, Kylie from Be My Intention. Sometimes, all you need is a little pick-me-up and encouragement from a fresh perspective.

I continued my Facebook message to my readers as follows:

“After self-reflection and renewal, I thought deeply about what the niche of my blog is. It is to inspire. I want to inspire you in all aspects of your life. Whether I am inspiring you to love yourself, inspiring you to get out there and travel this beautiful world, inspiring you to live healthier or inspiring you to have the confidence to rock a certain fashion, I want to inspire you.

What will you see from Inspiration Indulgence in the future? More intention. More genuineness. More personalized posts. Why? Because I feel that I have been cheating my readers and have not been as real and intentional with you all as I know I have the power to be.

If you are a regular reader of Inspiration Indulgence, or from time to time stop by, I would like to thank you for the bottom of my heart. Thank you for letting me be vulnerable with you. We are in this journey together. I hope I can always inspire you to live a better life and help you find self-acceptance and renewal thorough my writing.”

I feel that this today, I have been renewed. I have clearer focus and clearer intentions. I have re-visited my mission and have re-evaluated what is important to me and my site. I hope to never disappoint someone in topics I am choosing to write about, but know ONE thing if I ever do. Behind whatever I am writing about, my purpose is to inspire you. In all facets of your life. Whether I help you gather the courage to be yourself, share with you my travel adventures so you can be inspired to embark on your own, or share with you a new favorite recipe- I want to inspire you to live a better life. And you know what? it’s OKAY if that’s scattered or all-over-the place. Because sometimes, that’s exactly who I am. I’m not perfect, and I certainly am not always going to be on time, organized, or clear-focused. I am human.

I would like to thank my friends at the Blog Passion Project and my dear friend Kylie from Be My Intention for helping me clear my focus and be intentional. I’m so blessed to have such an amazing and encouraging support system.

I can’t thank you enough for following me along my journey, and I am excited to see what my future holds.