This is hard for me to write, damn this is hard, but I have some pretty big news…
I am ending my daily blog.
No, I didn’t get to the 1,000 mark that I originally set out for. I got to 844 straight days of blogging, which is still an amazing accomplishment.
But life has changed, my priorities have changed, my mindset has changed. I have gotten to the point where between my daily job, doing everything else that I do on the side, and blogging every single day, there isn’t much room for anything else.
One of the things that I preach the importance of is balance and to making the most out of the one life we are blessed to have.
That’s what I want to start doing more of. That’s what I need to start doing more of. And for the sake of my physical and mental health right now, that’s what I need to do.
A Look At My Schedule
Right now, I wake up at 6 and go for a run.
Once I come home at 7, I focus on writing my daily blog posts from 7-9. Sometimes they take less time and sometimes they take more.
Then I work from 9-6.
When I get off of work, I usually spend a few hours doing things that I think will grow my blog. At around 8, I will get the next day’s post scheduled before I call it a night at 9.
It’s a busy schedule. It’s something that I’m passionate about doing, but I am also at a stage in my life where I want to venture into other areas. I have sacrificed a lot just to ensure that I have a blog post up the next day. Some days, it would stop me from experiencing life to the fullest. Kinda ironic given the fact that I talk about living each day as though it was your last, but I guess I was better at preaching a message versus actually living it.
That’s what I am wanting to change now. That’s why I am ending my daily blog after 844 consecutive and amazing days.
If I continue to tell others to go after their dreams and to make the most out of each and every single day, then I need to be willing to do the same. And with the current schedule I have and the stress I put myself under each and every single day, that just isn’t possible.
I could continue to fight my way through and write for the sake of writing, but I don’t want to do that. Not only that, but it wouldn’t be fair for you either.
The End of An Era
Just because I am ending my daily blog doesn’t mean that I’m not blogging at all. I still need my blog as a way to release the emotions I am feeling and to fulfill my purpose of helping to inspire others and to create a positive change in the world.
As for now, I see myself publishing a new post 3 times a week. I think that would be a good balance to start with as I still love to write. If there becomes a time where I decide to pick it up again or slow it down even more, I always have that ability.
From a content perspective, I am hoping this does 3 things for me. I hope this helps me to share more in-depth advice on how I was able to improve my life and overcome the challenges that I had, I hope it helps to bring out a more precise level of authenticity instead of rushing to get something put up, and I hope it allows me to put time into other platforms as well so that I can help share a positive message across those.
Blogging Changed My Life
Really, it did.
It helped me to be able to release my thoughts and to find my purpose in life. That purpose is to be the best individual that I can be while also helping to inspire others to do the same.
With scaling back on my blogging, I am honestly so excited to see what life is going to be like. I am excited to have the opportunity to cherish the little moments in life without feeling stressed. I am excited really take the definition of living in the present moment to a whole new meaning. I am excited to find a good balance that is going to allow me to be the best that I can be, not only for myself, but for those I love the most.
What’s The Next Best Thing?
This question has still stuck with me and it’s honestly the motivation behind me ending my daily blog. For me, this is the next best thing that I can do for myself so that I can truly experience all of the amazing moments that life has to offer.
I want to be a better son, a better brother, a better uncle, a better friend, a better person in general. Thanks to writing daily for the last 844 days, I finally have the confidence in myself to be all of these things.
I don’t want to be these things for others. I want to be them for myself.
On a final note, I want to thank each and every single one of you. Whether this is your first time reading my blog, or if you’ve been with me since I first started on May 1st, 2018. You have helped to change my life in ways I will never be able to repay you for, and for that, I thank you.
Here’s to making the most out of life and living out best lives yet!