Do you want to create a blog that is personal or professional? This is the question I was asking myself when I decided to start writing. I love to write and always have. In the last twenty-five years, my writing has consisted of mostly to-do and grocery lists. Oh, and there was that one essay I wrote about my husband, Todd. I won first prize in an essay contest, and won tickets to see (and meet) Keith Urban. (I wish I had a copy of that essay. It was pretty darn good.) With the exception of a sprinkling of writing here or there, I spent most of my time caring and doing for others. I did not create the time to do things that bring me joy. Writing is one the many things that bring me joy.
As I started losing weight and began to journal consistently, it brought back the passion I have for writing. I began writing about Emily in my journal. I wrote about quarantine with her and funny stories of our walking adventures. I wrote about things that happened when my kids were little. It brought me so much joy reflecting on my life and past in written form. It also had me contemplating my journey going forward. What does Billie want? What does she enjoy? What fills her cup so she can give freely and openly to others without resentment? As a natural “helper”, I want to share what I have learned. I hope by sharing my experiences that I can bring hope and help to others.
When I decided to become a coach, I knew I wanted to have a blog as part of my message. I just was not sure the best approach. Do I focus on strategies? Do I share personal stories and lessons learned? First I started writing things that were not ME. I did not resonate with the message and did not LOVE what I was writing. I became frustrated and took a step back. I am not a polished and refined speaker. I do not sugarcoat the bad, but I do find the positive in any experience. I am who I am. I want to write freely what is on my mind, and have faith that the right person will receive a message that might bring them comfort or help them through a similar struggle.