A few weeks ago I headed north to sunny Queensland and spent a few days soaking up the sun, the pool, a few cocktails but mostly some incredible teaching presented by the Problogger team and the group of national and international speakers they had pulled together.
I came home with one thing really crystal clear – this blog is not a brand. It’s not my brand and it’s never going to be a brand and thank goodness for that!
I started writing because I was 1000km away from my family and thought it would be a good outlet, and it has been one. And so much more. I absolutely love this space and I love the many freedoms it affords me but trying to think about branding all the time was really doing my head in!
During my Queensland days I got to spend time with women I love and am blessed to call my friends like Laney, Claire and, Heather as well as women I am loving getting to know like Pip and Cheryl. I could sit here all day listing off the people I enjoyed talking to in Queensland but the point really is I was in Queensland with new friends, people I met through blogging. How completely awesome is that!!!
Many of you know that for a couple of years now I have run a blogger outreach business called Brand Meets Blog. I love it! Really. I have great clients, we work with awesome bloggers and get to do some creative work. Last year I wrote a book for blog beginners called How To Start A Blog – blogging has just made things more awesome!
If you’re a blogger and you want to build a business but don’t know how to ‘brand’ yourself – maybe you don’t have have to. Think outside the square, get in touch with your passion and take a leap of faith! If you’re not a blogger and you are wondering what is next for you now is a great time to be an entrepreneur. If you’ve got a spark but don’t know how to turn it into something then you need to call my friend Alli – she will help you, I am sure of it!.
This blog has been quiet for a while because …well, because I’ve been choosing other things. I don’t have to maintain my brand and that is so incredibly freeing!! I will write because I love it here and honestly, I love those of you who read this blog and connect with me her or other places on social media. Maybe it’s because the sun is finally starting to come out but I really feel like I am starting to see through the haze of life with a newborn, life with a toddler who doesn’t sleep and simply life with three little kids! Would you like to know what I see? Hope. Possibility and the reminder that life is a beautiful, beautiful gift – and all the wins we will ever have start with your state of mind. I’m not going to pretend it’s always easy (I don’t need to, you don’t have to go too far into this blog to know that I don’t always sail through motherhood) and there have been days when I have felt completely punched in the gut by life but…there’s a but(!)…I know what I believe in, I know what I am passionate about and I am finally confident in owning my priorities and it is so very worth it!!
We only get one life and this is it! One, beautiful life…