I love the new Facebook memories feature because in my early days of Facebook use, I did a good job of capturing my life. Who am I kidding? I still update Facebook pretty faithfully.
Today, Facebook alerted me to the fact that 6 years ago today is the day my first-ever blog post landed. I wrote the LeaderTalk blog for Mountain State University — both the university and the blog no longer exist.
I’m still here.
Here’s what my life looked like six years ago:
I lived in the city of Chicago. My girls were 7, 4, and barely two. I homeschooled my two oldest girls and coordinated a home-school co-op with several other families. My husband’s schedule included 12+ hour work days and regular extensions of his work into evenings and weekends.
We lived on the 2nd floor of a 6 unit condo building with a postage-stamp sized yard. I volunteered at church. I did everything you can imagine to keep our family going while trading favors on babysitting with friends to get a small amount of uninterrupted time to write.
All the stereotypes of a stay at home mom of littles: that was me. I started blogging at LeaderTalk and joined Twitter to make connections and share content.
At any point, it could have gone either way. I could have let self-doubt and lack of confidence sideline me. I could have held on to the “I’m-just-a-stay-at-home-mom” shtick, shrinking back. I could have succumbed to the thigh deep laundry and come up with a thousand excuses to stay in bed instead of rising early to work.
Instead, I showed up in a disciplined way. I published three posts a week. I reached out to new connections through social media. Somehow, and honestly it’s all a blur, I kept working, with no small amount of ambition fueling me. I had to squash the whispers of “You’re not enough” repeatedly.
I never became an overnight sensation, but I did establish a presence online, build valuable relationships, learn how to write a coherent blog post, and figure out how to use social media effectively. All of those experiences eventually made it possible for me to start my own business in 2012.
I still have to quiet my inner doubts. I waver between thinking I’ve done this amazing-wonderful-impressive thing and in thinking that what I’ve accomplished so far is fairly insignificant.
I stay grounded by thinking about the opportunities I’m creating for others, the ways my business helps my family, and the difference our team is making in the world.
6 years. It could have gone either way. I’m grateful for the people, named and unnamed, who have been a part of this journey.