Stand up paddle boarding is what inspired me to start blogging. Since it is a sport that is dependent on weather I figure in the off-season of my paddle adventures I’ll keep y’all posted on what else is going on in life.
I have been attempting to perfect the blog before sharing it with others and have come to the realization if I wait for perfection, I’ll never be willing to share it. So here goes nothing! I am no website builder or digital marketer just yet, but I’m learning. So bear with me.
This summer I started a little Instagram series that I more so jokingly was calling my SUP Vlog.
It turned into something that was so fun and made me smile so big, I have kept it going much longer than anticipated. This vlog got me out of my internet comfort zone and more active in my everyday life as well.
After leaving my job as a preschool teacher I was sort of lost and unsure of what to do for work next. Doing the videos on the paddle board was a way to update people on my life.
On top of funny videos of my friends falling off the board, I wanted to let people know where I was and what I was up to.
I wanted to let people know how much I love to SUP and all that came of it was just a perk.
One of my favorite things was teaching friends and family who hadn’t been out before!
Even though I am not much of a SUP teacher, a lot of the time it just took the encouragement and a partner to give someone the courage to stand up.
And often as I previously mentioned, a good blooper fall. Before supporting them in trying again!
Encouraging people and watching them succeed was so much fun it made my silly vlog worth it.
So I thought, awesome summer but maybe I’ll move on. Until the most incredible thing happened..
I got some encouragement back! My family and friends were getting a good laugh out of the vlog too. Telling me that they actually liked to watch it! This was awesome.
As more of a passion project it was great to hear that people I did not expect to even watch – were loving it.
Now sometimes if I can’t make it out on the water I do a short clip update from somewhere else. Something I never thought I would have the courage to do.
I have learned so much and gotten so much out of sharing my life with others that I think I’ll keep it up.
For those asking, is yes still going on. With a good amount of savings, lots of babysitting and a little help from my parents, I have been technically unemployed since last July.
Is this ideal? Absolutely not.
Did I feel like I was the only one in the world going through it? Indeed.
So one of the best parts about being open and honest on Instagram was that other people going through similar times reached out. Knowing that we could connect and support one another in the search was amazing.
It’s so easy for people to feel ashamed of this sort of thing so it was inspiring to hear that people saw my post and realized they weren’t alone in their struggle.
Because Let’s face it – it can look pretty on the internet, but it’s a struggle.
Constantly trying to figure out what I want to do for work, has been hard. Not only trying to find a job I want to get up and go to but so many other factors.
Am I qualified?
Will I like working there? Will it get me closer to my life goals?
Will it pay me enough? Which is important and I wish it wasn’t. Living is expensive these days and I am sick of being broke.
This search has led me to see what is important to me and how I can build my life around finding that cheesy happiness were all searching for.
Up Next: Van Life
On the note of living being expensive, a lot of the things I pay for – I would rather not. Starting with my overpriced apartment. So were ditching the 1400 square feet and 2 roommates.
My newest life adventure is going to be living out of a van. This community of people who build out vans, or school buses or even just live in RV’s have found so much happiness in their freedom. That freedom is a dream of mine I am going to pursue.
Many people who live the Nomadic lifestyle have a blog of some sort – travel writer, van build enthusiast, and so much more. So even though I am not much of a writer just yet – I’m going for it!
If the van life ends up being something people want to hear or see more about, I will add it to the blog.
Otherwise were packing up my life and paddleboard into a home on four wheels and taking off. (Which means it will probably be on the blog either way!)
The freedom to drive and live wherever will no doubt lead to some outstanding SUP locations I will have to share with y’all.
#1 Goal: Help People
The capacity of which I would like to help people isn’t entirely clear to me just yet.
Encouraging people to stand up on a paddle board and get out and be more active? Yes, a goal I would like to continue to pursue.
Which board is best for your SUP lifestyle, or where the best deal is right now. What kind of gear might you need. Or what news is happening in the paddle board world. All things I would love to know more about!
I’d love to supply and support fellow paddle boarders in any possible way.
But also on a more daily life level… Young and lost in the job search world. Hating their corporate climb but not sure where else to go. Maybe all you need is a friend like me, with some silly video and real time advice!
More than anything, letting people know it’s okay to be in between! It is important to realize you are not alone in it. Connecting people going through similar life changes is something I can surely get behind.
Helping others is something I feel passionate about. It in turn helps me in so many ways.
As an additional #1 priority I have got to keep myself healthy and happy. So for now, this is how I choose to accomplish that.
Welcome to My Blog!
With so much love, especially if you read all 1000 words of this, your friend and most recent addition to the blogger world.