Edible Facial began in April 2013 with the goal of sharing a few tips on holistic living, a few products I love, and a few hard-won life lessons in the hope that my words would reach a few people who needed to read them. What has evolved over the last three years has been beyond my wildest expectations, and I learned a thing or two while doing it.*
Lesson One: Just begin
If you have a dream of sharing something—whether it’s DIY projects or your secret passion for succulents—then do it! You don’t even have to pay for a blogging platform. WordPress and other hosts offer free themes. Even the URL is free, unless you want to customize it without the “wordpress.com” part. But, seriously, who cares about that?
If you don’t know how to set one up, you’ll find tons of support from people who want to show you how—including me.
Lesson Two: Don’t wait for perfection
Flawless. Perfect. They don’t exist—not when it comes to skin and certainly not when it comes to blogging. If you hold back because your blog is not perfect, you’ll never do it. My “mistakes” have always been my boldest teachers, and I can’t imagine life without them.Why wait for perfect? You never know what you can achieve or who you will touch. Click To Tweet
Lesson Three: Remain open to discovery
While I thought that the best part of blogging was going to be sharing helpful information, I was wrong. Blogging about green living became the launching pad for melting away barriers between diverse cultures and creating connections. One of the best parts has been establishing a community—a hub—of wise, interesting, inquisitive people who want to explore possible solutions outside of the realm of what we’ve been taught to think and believe.
Lesson Four: Creativity is a portal
When I am in my creative essence, there is a sense that it is not me that’s doing the work, but that I’m being guided to do, say, write, photograph—whatever it is. There is flow in those moments and a Zen-like peace in the very air—until the message comes through. That said, it’s still a heck of a lot of work and when it doesn’t flow, the creative in me goes psycho, much like the headbanging songwriter on Sesame Street.
Lesson Five: Nobody does it like you do
I’ve heard people say that the “blogosphere” is over-saturated, and nobody’s reading blogs anymore. I sure am glad that I stopped listening to those people and started listening to my true calling. I never really thought about who would read my blog. I simply knew that I had to write it.
There are very few “new” ideas in the world. Still, nobody will do it the way that you do. Even if something has been said 100 times, the way you say it could be the one way that makes an impact on someone. The world needs more people who are fulfilling themselves and not holding back because somebody says their contribution is not needed. It is.
Lesson Six: There is enough to go around
I made a decision years ago that it is not about competition, but about collaboration. While there may be hundreds or even thousands of bloggers who are writing about the same topics as I do, that’s great! The more we infuse the world with good, the better. That’s why I’m not afraid to share other people’s work and direct you to them. Hopefully, you’ll come to trust me as a valuable resource who will share other reliable sources. And if you prefer them over me, then I am happy that you got to the right person for you!The Universe has a way of returning an attitude of abundance. Click To Tweet
Lesson Seven: Overnight success stories almost never happen—like ever
I know that a lot of people think that it would be great to have thousands of followers instantly. Very few people manage to jump from zero to thousands authentically without buying follows or without a previously established social network. Building a successful platform takes time, a lot of hard work, focus, determination, sweat (in the beauty world that’s glistening), some tears, and certainly overcoming the feeling that you’re not getting anywhere.
I remember about a year and a half ago I was talking to my spiritual counselor, Vanessa Codorniu, and saying that I felt like I was working so hard, but there was little return for all my efforts. She told me that it was coming and that I could use this time to prepare myself. I had no idea what she meant at the time—rather, I had a hard time believing her vision—but now I do.
Building at a slow pace better prepares a person to establish a support team because once you reach a certain number of follows, suddenly everyone wants a piece of your pie, and you’ll find that you’re juggling a lot more than you ever thought possible. Taking it slowly allows you to find the right people to assist you, whether it’s by answering emails, editing, running social media, or designing graphics. I’m seriously thinking about hiring one of my kids as a secretary.You never know when that moment of expansion arrives. Use the time to build a strong foundation. Click To Tweet
Lesson Eight: Set healthy boundaries
Speaking of time, running my own business means that I can easily lose myself online 24/7. If I don’t set time boundaries, I could wind up checking emails or comments all day long and by the end of the day, I feel dizzy and have accomplished little else. It’s absolutely necessary to shut down entirely at least once a week and to set aside the phone or computer and clear my head daily.
Creating boundaries is also about establishing how much work is ok to do for free and when the work requires financial compensation. It can be hard to know how to shift gears from free work to getting paid, but I am learning to ask for it, and if I can do it, anyone can. Which brings us to the next lesson.
Lesson Nine: Learn to ask
This lesson extends way beyond blogging. Learning to ask for what I want is about finding my voice and honoring my needs. It is an act of self-love. I used to expect people to do things automatically and get upset if it didn’t happen. I learned that nobody reads minds. People need and often appreciate guidance—even when it seems obvious.
I’ve also learned how to ask for other things like signing up for my newsletter, spreading the word about The Hub of Clean Living (please do by clicking here!), sharing posts, pinning photos, and leaving feedback about my work.
Lesson Ten: Celebrate successes and express gratitude
You, my readers, have been extraordinary in your support of my work whether it has been cheering for the gradual photography improvement on Instagram, leaving comments on the blog, or for my occasional parenting triumphs on Facebook. Thank you for that. It proves how important it is to be the cheerleading squad for someone else. It can build or break confidence and can be just the encouragement needed to keep going.
To each of you, I send my heartfelt gratitude for continuing to show up the way that you do. Your encouragement has paved the way to another new beginning: the launch of The Hub of Clean Living that’s happening on August 2nd.
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*Thanks to Vanessa Codorniu, gifted Intuitive Leverage Coach, for the suggestion to share tips in my final blog post for Edible Facial. Love your wise advice that’s grounded yet totally spiritually guided.
**I use the generic word “Universe” to mean whatever spiritual belief you wish. It is an all-encompassing word that’s inclusive, and that’s why I choose it. Feel free to insert the word that resonates with you most.