This week I was struggling to come up with something to write about. Nothing that I was reading sparked a meaningful topic, I had no tasty recipes to post, no lifestyle or beauty tips to share; I simply felt uninspired… which I’m sure is a feeling that anyone who writes on a regular basis can relate to.
But I knew there still had to be something that I could write about.
When Emily and I first started Our Wellness Journal back in January, our goal was to create a community where people could feel comfortable about being themselves and share their own struggles and stories without judgment. We wanted to push past this stigma that mental health is something people just don’t talk about and motivate people to be real [in a world that is influenced so heavily by social media].
So we started talking about it… and it has been an amazing experience.
But sometimes I forget why I am doing this in the first place. It isn’t about writing a perfect blog post or uploading the most beautiful Instagram photo; it isn’t about getting the most likes or building the largest following; it is about being real, vulnerable and brave enough to put my own thoughts and experiences out there in the hopes that they may impact even just one person’s life.
To be honest, my life this past two weeks has been pretty uneventful. I have been working and enjoying the warm, sunny weather. I started reading a new book (more to come on that later) and our washing machine broke. On Tuesday I picked up my wedding dress and got to enjoy a wonderful morning with some of my favorite women in the world. Yesterday I got an eye infection and had to go see my doctor.
And that, my friends, is my real life.
In case you haven’t pick up on this yet, the reason I am writing today is to make one important point:
Focus more on learning how to find beauty and happiness in the mundane. Stop pretending that your life has to be so exciting in order to be fabulous. Recognize that being a good person isn’t defined by getting thousands of likes on Instagram. Put your phone down and focus more on the people around you. Every single day helps to define who you are in some way… make them all count.
This week, I decided not to force myself to do a post. Instead, I felt it was important to just be honest and take a moment to remember why we write these in the first place – to be relatable and try to connect with anyone trying to stay true to themselves.
Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’m a totally average person living a completely average life.
Oh yeah, and I’m learning how really fucking awesome and liberating that can be.
Keep it real lovely readers,