It’s been awhile since I’ve last written a blog post… and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to write another one again. The constant updating of social media and keeping up with what I “should” post to gain followers and likes really took a toll on me. I felt like I was missing out on the people and surroundings around me because I was so focused on documenting it all. My life became an open book to everyone and it was a bit overwhelming.
When I started this blog I wanted to share my experiences, travels, and stories. I wanted to share some awesome secrets and projects to inspire other people and myself. Not to mention I’ve always enjoyed writing and I really wanted to do it more often. But instead I got lost in the expectations, the pressure, and the masses of bloggers. I thought to myself that maybe this just wasn’t for me.
Then I found out I was pregnant…
Now I wasn’t sure if I wanted my kid to be a part of all of this. Did I want to have their life open to the public too? Would I even have time to keep a blog? Would I still be able to travel? All of these thoughts flooded my brain and if I would even be a good mom. Not to mention people asking a million questions, giving advice and their opinions on what I should do or what they did, and everything else I had no idea existed in the first place. The baby isn’t even born yet and my entire world already felt like it was flipped upside down. It’s no longer about me, now everything is about that little bean in my belly.
Maybe this was that sure sign that I should leave the blog alone and just focus on raising my kid?
After some time to let it all soak in, it hit me. Not only is this baby going to be the best thing to happen to my husband and I, but they are going to inspire me more than anyone or anything else. I can’t change what I love to do and who I am because I’m having a baby. Now is the most important time to keep doing what makes me happy and to continue to keep the things I enjoy close so that I can share these joys with my kid too.
I enjoy blogging. It brings out my creative side and I truly have fun sharing ideas, great products, and exciting new adventures. I fully intend to keep traveling, and to take my little bean with me everywhere. I want my child to experience the world, begin their life with adventures and learn how to love all the beautiful, little things in life too. I want them to know that it’s ok to take risks, to fail, to dream, to try to be different.
The best part of all of this is inspiring people to do things that they normally wouldn’t do or try. Hopefully one day it will inspire my child too. People get so lost in what everyone else is doing that they forget what they really love or how to just be themselves. So many people are scared to leave their comfort zone, try new things, or experience new cultures and parts of the world. If I can change that for just one person than it’s all worth it. Opening my life to the public has been scary and intimidating. People criticize your every word, every photo, everything you do. But who cares. I’m excited to continue this journey, to see what the future holds, and to re-invent Wander & Dwell in true Nadia style.
The road of life is one with many turns and bumps. It’s one crazy ride. The only thing to do is everything. Don’t wait to take that trip, to do the things you love and that make you the happiest. Don’t hold grudges, and don’t stick around people that bring you down. Don’t just work for a living and forget to make a life. Learn to love the little things. Enjoy the beauty around you and forget the bullshit. No matter what, be true to yourself. Who cares what people think of you. The people that truly care will always be there, no matter how weird you are. I’ve had some really bad times and some really amazing times, it’s how you choose to deal with it all that will make you a better person in the end. Believe me.