July 1st is the one year anniversary of Women Do and I could not be happier about its progress as well as my own over the past 365 days.
At the beginning I made a commitment to post on social media (IG, FB) every day and write a blog every week, it was a promise I made only to myself. That promise, at times, has been daunting. The pressure I put on myself was hard but this is vitally important to me. Women Do started because I was done letting other people close doors on me without having any say in it. So if I was going to do this then it was going to be on my terms and I had to remain committed.
When I started this blog a year ago I needed to write. I refused to be stifled creatively anymore. I needed to take all these feelings I had inside, put them somewhere, and then share them. I couldn’t allow anyone else to be my excuse anymore. Failure had come my way but perhaps it was pointing me in a different direction. I could feel a pull for over a year prior to starting the blog and it was finally time to put my pen (or typing fingers) where my heart was. Even though I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to say it appears in many ways I actually did. My soul knew my voice long before my head connected to the pattern I have seen over the past year; I want to empower you, I want you to believe in yourself, I want you to be confident in who you are, and I want you to recognize the power and beauty in yourself and not give that up to anyone or for anything.
I have been truly and ridiculously privileged with the people in my life who have molded, influenced, and supported me. But it also makes me responsible to give back since I have been given so much. I hope that I am able to provide you with the support you need to go out and do the things you want with your life just as I have been supported. I hope you feel more confident to stand up for yourself and that you see the power you possess. I want to remind you to never make yourself small for anyone! I look at the past 52+ blogs over this year and I just keep seeing those same patterns weaving themselves through the tapestry of Women Do.
Women Do will continue after the year mark but how it continues, or whether how often I blog or post on social media, remains to be seen. I remain committed to its growth and to mine, and I remain committed to yours. Nothing ever improves if you don’t take a step back, see what changes you need to make, and then put those changes in to action. It also never changes if you don’t lean in to your fears. I look forward to figuring out how I continue to push myself.
No matter where the road leads next what I need to say is THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing this journey with me, whether it has been for 12 days or 12 months I owe you so much for believing in me and this. I am not done, in fact my commitment has never been stronger. I will continue to fine tune what I want to say to you, how I present it to you, and pray to be, in some small way, the encouragement you need in your life. Women Do has been a gift to my life, as have you, I hope that you will continue this journey with me and see where the next year takes us. I hope you know that none of this would be possible without you. No difficulty, no hardship, no feelings of defeat, have ever been able to fully over take me with this blog because every time my mind has gone there one of you has unknowingly picked me up with your kind words and your belief in Women Do. You are a gift to me and while thank you will never be enough, I do hope that it is a good start, just as this past year has been.