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What I've Learned in One Year of Blogging

Taryn It Up

I knew the time was coming. I knew that at some point in time, it was going to be here, and I was going to look back on the last year and realize, I should have done more. I should have written that post, I should have published one of those drafts I just wasn't sure about. I should have put more of my time into this blog.

The past year has been a whirlwind. I've had so many highs and lows when it comes to writing a blog, planning for this, and working on renovations of my own, and with my parents as they moved. I've also worked a full time job, and a part time job (which I've since retired).

Instead of dwelling on everything above, I want to focus on what I HAVE accomplished in the past year of blogging and launching Taryn It Up.

1. I've found a sense of purpose. I've been able to channel my passion for home improvement and actually help to motivate people to tackle projects on their own.

2. I've figured out what I want to do with my life. As much as I may not be ready to share this with the world right now, I have a plan for the future and how I want to spend the next 30+ years of my life, inspiring, challenging and empowering other women. (More on this in the next few weeks!)

3. I've actually written blog posts. This may sound silly seeing as I'm writing here, on a blog right now, but the first post I wrote sat as a draft for several days/weeks before I had the confidence to push that 'publish' button. Since this date, in 1 year, I've written and published 23 posts. I know this isn't many, but it's still 23 more than I had planned out at the time of my launch!

4. I've overcome my fear of putting myself out there. I am a very anxious person. I feel a lot of pressure from others to look/act a certain way, and I have always been concerned about what others may think of me as I share content into the internet. I have felt an overwhelming amount of support from old friends, new friends and family encouraging me to keep pushing.

5. I've nearly doubled my Instagram following. I'm still working through this, but I have to tell you how excited I was the first time I had a post with over 100 likes, with 50 comments! Posts where people actually engaged with me, and cared about the information I was putting onto the internet! I've since hit a new milestone, I've got 168 likes on one photo. I know it's not all about the likes, but I'm going to celebrate the small victories.

6. You can meet some amazing, and inspiring people on the internet, and you should not be afraid to engage, embrace and support them. These people are your biggest assets, your community and not someone you should envy or be jealous of.

7. It's okay when someone doesn't like the same things as you!

8. There is so much more opportunity to learn when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I've been told I have bad ideas by some and other people just build me right back up. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, never let the opinion of others interfere with your success.

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