While I sit down to write this post, I feel so many emotions! Excitement, embarrassment, fear of the unknown! I could feel joy or sadness through this journey at any given moment. I also feel like “Who am I to be writing a post on my journey to blogging when I am BARELY blogging”. But I am going to squash those feelings of self-doubt and negative self-talk and publish this anyways! (Wow, that was empowering to say!)
I decided that I wanted to start a “travel blog” forever ago! However it would always be accompanied with self doubt and thoughts such as, “But that’s something I would never do. Just because.” I would speak of it like a distant dream that I could never accomplish. Frankly, I truly didn’t even realize that I could attempt to accomplish it; it literally did not cross my mind to pursue such a thing. Although I had a burning desire to start a travel blog, I didn’t have the faintest idea that I could make this dream a reality. I thought the market was oversaturated (which I still constantly think), and why would anyone want to read what I have to say? Then it finally hit me. But why CAN’T I do it? Why do I keep telling myself that is something I would be unable to achieve? Why am I not believing in my own dreams? I realized that in 10 years I didn’t want to look back and think, “If only I had started that 10 years ago.”
So it began…
Since starting this tiny little blog in 2017, it continues to slowly, but surely, grow. I have learned so much about myself since beginning this journey, and have started to see the power and influence, both positive and negative in blogging and social media. The only thing that has been continuous through this all and kept me going is the support that I have received from others. It is the people who knowingly and unknowingly continue to lift me up and encourage me. It can be as simple as my mom writing the exact same comment on every single blog post I write, “Keep blogging!”… To a complete stranger sending me a sweet, encouraging message. The support that I rely on comes in so many different forms from so many different people!
First, it is the people that I have never met! But somehow, someway have been a positive influence in this community and specifically on my journey and me. They have continued to inspire me and pique my interest. Those people are Claire and Laura from Twins That Travel, Brooke from World of Wanderlust, Kiersten from The Blonde Abroad, and Rachel Hollis, specifically from her book, Girl Wash Your Face. I find myself laughing at the things they have to say, and truly taking to heart their thoughts and opinions. They are humble, down to earth, and seem to grow bigger as they cheer on and support others. Imagine that!
Then there are the people that I DO know and have been supportive of this journey. My sister who has listened to me endlessly talk about my website and my social media and who has yet to stop answering my phone calls. (She also thought up the name of this blog! Thanks Kass!). My mom, who talks more about my blog than I do. “Hey Kylee, I met this girl on the airplane she is going to follow your blog now”…. – “Uhhh, thanks Mom?” (Also, how did you do that?!). My dad who religiously texts me every time I publish a post, “Hey Kylee! Great post. For some reason I can’t comment on it but just wanted to let you know that it was great!” My cousin-in-law Rachell, who does marketing and social media for a reality star and is always giving me simple tips and tricks. Alyssa, who has encouraged my solo travel dreams since day one and has given me endless details about what to pack, what to do, and talks me off the ledge when I worry about things that don’t matter. And my dear friend, Alex who started Food Gal Al and has not only inspired me with her drive and work ethic, but who also has become someone to help keep me accountable through this journey.
Whilst there are pros and cons to this world, I can say with certainty that there is zero percent chance I would still be moving forward without those listed above. I am having a blast figuring this world out. Designing a website. Writing about my journeys in a way that someday, hopefully, my kids can look back and read. Even planning solo trips! And I have felt so grateful to meet so many people through it all. So to anyone on this journey, whether or not you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing it for years. Remember that it is your OWN unique journey. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t feel discouraged when you aren’t growing as quickly as you’d like. Find a community that supports you. Uplifts you. Stands behind you. Breathe. Put one foot in front of the other. And don’t look back. Then when you make it, don’t forget about all of the people behind you that have supported you every step of the way.