5 months ago

Now That I’ve Got My Feet Wet…

Sink or swim. Thankfully I’m a great swimmer. Honestly, I can tread water for hours. It’s all in the technique. If you focus your energy into the most efficient movement, it’s almost effortless to stay afloat. My husband on the other hand, he can tread water, but he’ll be the first to tell you that his technique is not correct and he’s bagged in a couple of minutes. Trying to keep your head above water in the blogging world is much the same. Did you know that 95,000 blogs are launched every day?! That’s a lot of fish in the cyber sea… but the only one that can drag you under, is yourself. If you focus your energy in the most efficient way, trust in your technique and don’t panic, your boat will float. Self doubt is the Great White Shark of creativity – right when it smells a little blood, it goes in for the kill. Thankfully I’ve stopped listening to my own self doubt, ESPECIALLY when I’m tired or hungry – because at those times, I’m SO full of B.S.

So if these other fishies in the sea aren’t trying to drag me to the bottom, what are they doing? I’ll tell you what they’re doing – they’re creating FABULOUS blogs that inspire me daily, and it is my honour to share my fav’s with you.

Cup of Jo.
I’m fairly certain that if I lived in Brooklyn, NY, Joanna Goddard would be my bff. Besides the name, we are also the same age, our kids are the same age, and from what I can see, we could talk decor and fashion for days. Her blog is self described as ‘Style, Culture, Motherhood and Travel’. To me, it’s an online lifestyle magazine. She’s all class, with just the right amount of sass. Her articles are easy and refreshing with the odd blusher post – that makes you hope your mother isn’t looking over your shoulder! Joanna has a MASSIVE following. Check her out, and you’ll see why!

Love A Good Stripe.
I bloody love this blog! Flic Taylor is a Brit, living in my home town of Ottawa, Canada. She’s a fashion blogger, who’s wit and humour keep me coming back for more. While she too is a class act, Flic doesn’t shy away from using more colourful language to get her point across. She’s a writer – not just a blogger. I’d love to throw on my fishnet socks and sandals (oh yes…), and meet up with her for a Gin. Cheers Flic, you’re bloody brilliant!

Speaking of colourful language. While I’d like to consider myself an elegant woman with the word, there’s just times when I can’t help but think, ‘that would be HILARIOUS with a stronger adjective’. But then there’s that voice in the back of my head… oh wait, that’s not a ‘voice’, that’s actually my mother…

Yes. That’s my mother saying, “You must consider that current and potential employers can read this, Joanne!” True. Valid point… BUT, don’t you think they might appreciate a little f*@#ing joJOY too?

Julie’s Mental Health Journey.
I can’t do a blog about blogs without giving a shout out to my girl, Julie. If battling mental illness in private wasn’t hard enough, Julie has decided to go public, and let it all air out in her blog. She’s a new kid on the block, but I’m certain she’ll develop a huge following in no time. Anyone who is willing to be so vulnerable and tell their story – has a story worth reading. You’re helping people Julie, likely a lot more than you realise. Thank you, bravo, and much love. xo

So how’s this ol’ doll doing? (I’m referring to myself)…I’m doing great. While I haven’t received my phone call from Ellen (YET), I have been humbled by the comments (written and verbal) from all of you. I will admit that after my first post, I had a little ‘so what do I write about now’ moment (that’s the PG version of that thought). It was one of YOU that told me that what I wrote in that first post hit a chord, and if that’s all I ever did was write that ONE post, then that would be enough. WOW. So here I am trying to inspire all of you, and it turns out that you are the ones actually inspiring me. Thank you.

On that note, I must go. I’m at the cottage with 2 out of 3 kids who would sink like rocks, and 3 out of 3 kids who don’t like going to bed while on vacation. HOWEVER, the air is warm, my drink is cool, and we’re all going with the flow.

“Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”David Bowie

I’m all in.

xo jo

P.S. What are some of your favorite blogs? I’d love to check them out!

Edited by Sarah Kistler

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