My Final Post (For Now) & Lessons From One Year Of Blogging

In a few days, I will have been blogging for exactly one year.

Pretty crazy huh?  In that time, I’ve published 37 posts, drafted about a dozen others, written, re-written, and deleted tens of thousands of words, and pushed the limits of my courage and creativity.

I began this journey to remedy the lack of direction and purpose I felt after graduating college.  I wanted to pursue something different from the status quo – something that resonated with me – and decided a personal development blog might be just the thing.  My goal was to use ideas, personal experience, and story-telling to empower others to push through their challenges and live more fulfilling lives.  I wanted to share a piece of my heart and soul with every article and express myself in ways I’d never done before.

I wrote about some deeply personal subjects.  I detailed the existential crisis I experienced after graduation because my reality failed to align with my (perhaps naive) expectations of what life would be like.  I discussed the challenges of having to make massive life decisions before I left my family, girlfriend, and life to sleep on my friends’ couch in Austin while I figured things out.  I wrote about the loss of my friend Suprice and how much it hurt.  I shared my experience with panic attacks and anxiety and how I’ve been able to manage them.  And I also shared some rants, ramblings, and interesting topics along the way.

I put myself out there for the world to see and learned a ton in the process.  I learned how challenging writing can be and experienced many late and stressful evenings trying to push through mental barriers and my perfectionist personality.  I discovered and reconnected with pieces of myself that had been buried through time or lost altogether.  I tested different ideas and writing styles and improved with each new article and post.  And perhaps most importantly, I learned that you can accomplish anything so long as you have vision, determination, and the courage to tackle fear and uncertainty head on.

I’ve accomplished just about everything I wanted to accomplish with this blog and feel like I’ve found the purpose and direction I was seeking.

Now it’s time to move on.

I will be taking a hiatus from the blog.  I am not sure how long it will last.  My heart is no longer invested in this endeavor as it once was and I can’t keep ignoring the feeling in my gut that it’s time for something new.

To everyone that supported me through this crazy journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  The amount of love, support, and encouragement I received was more than I could have ever imagined and I would never have had the drive to keep going if it weren’t for you.

To my family, especially my mother, thank you for consistently pushing and encouraging me to follow my dream.  To my brother, thank you for creating all of my badass graphics even when I gave you a deadline of 2 hours ago to get them done.  To my girlfriend, thank you for listening to coffee-fueled, philosophical nonsense at 2 a.m. as I worked through ideas and challenges.  To David at DavidMTV, thank you for giving me the opportunity to write for you even though I was a pain in the ass most of the time.  To my friends and colleagues that read and commented on my work, thank you for showing me love even when I wrote 2000 words about something that could have been covered in 600.  And to anyone else who stumbled upon my blog and read anything I wrote, thank you for giving me a chance to share myself with you.

This project has been a phenomenal experience and I can’t wait to use what I’ve gleaned from this to forge a new and exciting path moving forward.  This is not good-bye and I have some big plans for the future that I’ll share as they become accessible.  In the meantime though, I want to return to the reason why I started this blog and leave you with one last thought.

What actions are you taking to empower yourself and others to live better?

Positive change starts at the individual level.  It’s our responsibility to embody the values, mindsets, and actions that will make life better for ourselves and those around us.  It’s our responsibility to seek different perspectives and continually expand our horizons to make educated and intuitive decisions.  It’s our responsibility to respect one another even when we lack the insight or experience to understand where others are coming from.  And it’s out duty to strive for excellence in all that we do to make this crazy experience of life meaningful and fulfilling.

I wish each of you the best of luck, happiness, and success as you continue on your journey.

Until next time folks…

-Michael 🙂

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