Ok, y’all: confession time. For the first 8 months of my blogging journey, I was terrified. Terrified of anyone not agreeing with my work, terrified of not reaching anybody, and terrified that I was wasting my time and nobody cared what I was saying. To top it off, I didn’t want anyone that I knew to see any of my posts, in case they thought it was stupid. For some reason, I really cared what those who know me personally thought – even if we weren’t really friends.
Everyone starts blogging for their own reason, and mine is deeply personal.
My world was turned upside down when my youngest boy was 4 months old, as I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; an autoimmune thyroid disease. I was so grateful to have a reason for my mood swings, weight gain, and increased anxiety, but I was terrified of what came next.
You see, with Hashimoto’s, there are two main paths for treatment – get on a thyroid hormone, or try to treat it naturally.
Obviously, I took the natural route because that was always something I was interested in. I didn’t have a desire to start replacing my hormones at 28 years old and let my thyroid continue spiraling until it wasn’t functioning anymore. I wanted to heal my body from the inside out, and solve the problem instead of treating the symptoms.
When I started getting into the groove of my new healthy lifestyle, I realized there was a huge lack of information regarding natural healing in the chronic illness community. So many people aren’t aware that there’s a way to heal your body instead of just treating it. It became my passion to encourage others who wanted to heal their bodies in the same way I was. I wanted to walk with them, so we could help each other up when we’d fall, and keep each other heading in the right direction.
But I was still afraid. I hesitated to share my posts, or to get too personal on social media, in the event that someone disagreed with me. What if they thought I was crazy? What if I offended someone who didn’t care to take the natural route? What if I didn’t know what I was talking about anyways and nobody cared? I couldn’t be rejected if I didn’t put it out there, right?
My passion to help others kept building up inside me until I decided I just HAD to take a chance, even if it meant helping one person. But the only problem remaining was that I didn’t know how. After doing extensive research on how best to get my blog to a place where I could actually reach people and begin encouraging them, I decided to bite the bullet and register for the Elite Blog Academy.
But the best thing that EBA has done for me is it gave me the confidence I was lacking.
It helped me realize that I have a worthwhile story to tell others. Nobody else has the story that I have. It gave me the tools to share my knowledge, and the know-how to facilitate the growth of my message. I’m even writing a book. 8 months ago, I never would have had the courage to do this, but now I am. And I’m proud of it.
I’ve since begun another battle with Lyme disease, and so my audience now reaches further, and I’m prepared for it. I know my worth, and I have a lot to offer my friends in the chronic illness community.
I’ve made huge strides personally and professionally as a result of the Elite Blog Academy; and I can’t recommend it enough to any of you who may feel like you’re struggling. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own, take help from those who have gone before you.
It’s worth taking a chance on yourself. You never know who you’re missing out on helping or encouraging with your story.