Over the summer, and last six months really, I’ve found myself feeling stuck. Stuck on what I wanted to do in life, what I was already doing in life, what I wanted my blog to be, what I wanted to achieve…I had so many questions and I was beyond stuck.
Turtle upside down in peanut butter, kind of stuck.
In fact, if I wasn’t so afraid of motorcycles, I feel like I had finally hit the point in my life where I was having just enough of an existential crisis to go out and buy one.
*Side note: I did not buy a motorcycle, but I bought a minivan–which may be worse.
Focusing on my brand as an author had become an everyday thought and dream of mine, but I was still wanting to grow this space and do more things to provide meaningful content around parenting and writing. Trying to figure out how to do all of that, while managing my full-time corporate job and life sent me into a state of overwhelm.
I took a mental hiatus. A brain-break. Which was so necessary.
After a lot of meditation and brainstorming sessions in the bubble bath, I picked the idea back up. In my attempts to start outlining a potential author brand, it quickly became apparent that when you start out…You’re pretty much it.
It’s you. The big cheese. YOU are the brand.
You’re the one putting your self and your imagination on the line for people to either enjoy or hate. You’re the one writing the books for people to read. AND! Once you’ve written said books, then they will become part of the brand too.
It’s a big umbrella that starts with you. Or in this specific case, me.
For whatever reason, I had convinced myself that the author platform I wanted to create and the personal blog platform I already had here needed to be separate. I don’t know why my brain plays games like that, but it does. Then I realized that my brain was being a silly goose.
If my author platform was supposed to start with moi…then I pretty much already had that started–here.
It became painfully obvious that I needed to take my idea of designing a separate author platform, and simply meld it with this one that already existed. In both scenarios, the vision I have for The Witty Bean and the vision I have for myself as an author, I am always sharing and being candid with my readership about my journey…so there was no need to keep them separate.
SO! The next few weeks will be spent growing this reimagined, cohesive brand. There will be some changes to social media and content and what I’m providing for all of you.
All of you who read this blog, come back to spend your valuable time reading my words and you should know that it is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. I want to make sure that you’re getting the best information, stories, and laughs I can possibly give. Time is precious.
You are the awesome people in the universe that I believe in. I want you to know that I’m eternally grateful for you and I’m so excited to start this new chapter and take you all along with me for the ride!