I introduced the Shine Brightly Project in my last blog post, which is an initiative to try something new each month. For the month of January, I challenged myself to start a blog to encourage others. If you’d like to read more about the details and how I started it, you can read about it on my 1st blog post.
Towards the end of the year, I reflected on 2016 and I was pleasantly surprised of many accomplishments such as attempting to join Toastmasters’ club and successfully organizing Friendsgiving. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if others could be successful and attempt to trying new things with me.” I enjoyed my projects where I worked with others such as Friendsgiving. Then, the thought dawned on me, “What if I created a movement, would others want to join with me?” So, I pitched this idea to my friends to get their opinions and I received positive feedback. I decided I am going to launch the Shine Brightly Project in the new year.
Go big or go home! I decided to go big with my Shine Brightly Project and create a blog that could highlight it. I did not count the cost of how difficult or time consuming it would be to start a blog and thought I could complete it in a month. I mean…how hard is it to start a website and write blog posts. I thought I could learn by watching Youtube, reading some books, and finding websites.
First, I went to the library to borrow books on blogging. Next, I came up with the concept of my blog. Some time had passed after my initial interest which caused me to lose motivation. So, I met up with my good friend, Jinnia, who has her own website about emotional health and fitness, to get advice about how to begin a website. Luckily, she gave me a step-by-step plan, so that I would be successful in reaching my goals. I was most challenged by trying to figure out how to use WordPress. Thank goodness for Youtube tutorials; they were lifesavers. As I learned more about the different functions of WordPress, I kept fiddling around it trying to make my website blog look perfect and my perfectionist side took the reigns. My blog was always saved as draft. I knew this blog wouldn’t launch if I didn’t set a deadline for myself, so I made a Facebook announcement to my friends that I was going to debut my blog on Valentine’s day. I hoped that would my Facebook friends would keep me accountable. I chose this date because I put much love into it as if I birthed a new “baby.” On Valentine’s day, my friends and family checked on my blog, only find a disappointing “coming soon” page. I appreciated that I already had fans who were excited to see my blog. By midnight, I finally hit the publish button and Light Shine Brightly finally existed.
I’m glad that I was able to reach my goal even though it took longer than my one month timeline. I’m grateful for my readers who encourage me to continue writing. Next time, I will plan better so I can finish within a month.