The other week, it was my blogs 4th blogoversary! I don’t know where those 4 years have gone; it’s been an almighty blur and I can’t distinguish one year from the next any more. It feels like only mere months ago that I had my first ever blog design, I had a handful of followers and all I was doing is reviewing books. Before the time where I knew what a sponsored post was or what a product review would entail because things like that seemed so far fetched for a little blogger like me.
But then the other day, I was sitting there, quite contently, pondering all of this. I was thinking about my time blogging and I was thinking about my little blog tour company – which I wouldn’t have started if it wasn’t for blogging (and the reason I was thinking about this so much was because I had about 300 things to do and you know, procrastination). Then suddenly it really hit me…
I am damn proud of myself.
I have a blog that people read.
I’ve had brands send me stuff for free because they want me to feature it on my blog.
I have a small, online business that I have built from scratch which I earn actual money from that actual people want to give me because they like and trust my services.
I am self-employed.
And no, I’m not exactly where I want to be. And no, I don’t earn enough money yet.
But I am successful.
And that got me thinking into the subject of success. How it is so subjective and very much depends on your perspective. But at the end of the day, nobody else defines our success but us. We are free to define success on our own terms. And that’s what I’ve started to do. And I can tell you… boy, it doesn’t half feel good.
I believe that every achievement matters; whether it’s in family or work or fitness or personal development – each and every tiny little achievement helps you and gets you that little bit further towards the goals and the “bigger picture”. You should celebrate them; work promotions, blogging statistics, home renovations, health milestones, fitness milestones, mental health milestones, damn it you should celebrate them because they all matter. What we do, matters.
So I don’t care what anyone else says. I don’t care if someone thinks I should be earning more money. I don’t care if someone thinks that blogging is a waste of time. I don’t care if someone doesn’t “get” what I do or why I do it or thinks that online work isn’t a “real job”. Whatever, what fucking ever. Because I know that as long as there are people that think that, there will be tons of other people who, like me, think it’s brilliant, “gets it” and appreciates it.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t earn a shed load of money. If you don’t own a massive house and a fancy car and eat in the most expensive of restaurants and can buy whatever you please, whenever you want.
If you can, good for you. I’m sure you’ve worked hard and you deserve every one of those things.
But if not, that doesn’t mean you’re not a success.
Define success on your own terms.
How do you define success? What doe success mean to you? Share your personal successes from this year so far and celebrate each others!