I never made a post about this but I think I finally should. I am not a gloater or a show-off and it feels kind of weird making a post like this… But I want to share what happens when your hard work starts to pay off.
As a blogger or even just a business owner… We all start out the same way. We are a one woman/man show. Wearing all types of hats at different times in the day. Sometimes its multiple hats all at the same time.
For me being a blogger and I’m sure others can relate… we post content, Instagram posts, stories, make YouTube videos. We do whatever we think will help our website. Our goal is to eventually have this be our full-time job.
Am I an imposter?
However, there are times maybe even multiple times a day that we suffer from imposter syndrome. Thinking we are not good enough. That the content we are putting is not good either. It can surely feel that way when you are not getting the views you think you should be getting.
You start doubting yourself and putting this unwarranted pressure on yourself that starts making you think you chose the wrong path in life. Which leads to being burnt out and the thoughts of giving up linger in the back of your head.
That voice keeps getting louder and louder so you skip a blog post here, a YouTube video there. Until something happens that makes that little voice subside. Something that tells you all your hard work has finally paid off. For me, it was an email…
An email to change your outlook
On January 19, 2021, I was contacted by Loraikedy from Infinity Blog Awards saying that I have been chosen as a nominee for Best Personal Development Blog 2020. This is a condensed and edited version. You know I have to edit out personal information.
From that email lead to them posting about me on their Instagram account on February 26th. I have never had anyone post about me on social media. But seeing my face and my story on someone else’s profile brought tears to my eyes. No amount of words could show how truly honored I was.
It is not just me, its OUR’s
I have been working through poor self esteem and doubting myself as a blogger, as a woman, as a person. Sharing stories and helpful advice every week for the past 2 years. Not many of you know this, but my posts are based on what I am feeling every week. I write with my heart, not with my brain.
The whole point of Our Redonkulous Life was to inspire people. When I first started I thought it was going to be about my little family adventures around Florida. Sharing our (me, Mike, and Mikayla’s) redonkulous life. It changed so much, so quick into finding me, Michele, and figuring out who I am.
Every week I share my struggles. All of my hopes and my dreams to inspire YOU the readers. As well as myself to go after the life we deserve. The life we want because we know we are made for more. It is no longer our (me, Mike, and Mikayla’s) redonkulous life. It’s OUR (YOU, me, to Karen in Denmark all the way to Alita in the Philippines.) it is about all of our redonkulous crazy, sometimes messy, sometimes beautiful life.
I am not a campaign manager. Yes, I share my experiences online, but I am not comfortable talking about myself. In fact, I am more uncomfortable asking for help than anything in this world. But I knew if when voting started I would have to become my own campaign manager. If I cant do it for myself, who will do it for me?? No one.
So I was on a mission pushing myself outside of my comfort zones to campaign as I have never campaigned before. Starting April 16th I needed to gather my amazing followers, subscribers, friends, and besties to go and vote for me. For 20 days I rallied by posting the link, making videos, making fun little campaign posters to share with everyone to remind them to go vote.
It is the most awkward thing I have ever done, but I loved every minute of it. For 20 days we voted and rallied till the voting ended May 5th. Over 4,800 votes I received. I thank you all who have voted. I appreciate each and every single one of you.
The good news that started this post
The morning of June 3rd I found out that I am a finalist for Infinity Blog Award’s Best Personal Development Blog. Have we won… no, but we are closer than we were.
All of the hard work I have put into my blog, into getting my
followers, no my FRIENDS. All of you believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. If I win this award… it is because of you. If you did not come back week after week to read my posts, watch my videos, follow my crazy, weird-ass on social media. I would not be doing what I am doing. I would have quit a long time ago and kept my personal growth journey to myself.
I just want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for all of your hard work voting for me, for believing in me, and even if we don’t win… We still did an amazing this. You all have brought so much light into my life that I will never be able to repay you. I have slowly been finding myself, but so happy I found friends along the way.
We will find out soon who the winner is… I believe towards the end of July. I will keep you guys posted if I need to rally you all again. LOL I love you and thank you for making this weird awkward girl from new port nowhere, Florida feel like she is someone special.
Doing the hard work and finding the right people always pays off.
Until next time, have a great day!