What a month. Can you believe that it’s officially the last day of May? Somehow time seems to be speeding. Or maybe putting out a new video everyday makes the time go by faster? But it’s finally the last day of Everyday May.
If you haven’t been keeping up or have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ve been posting a new video daily on my Youtube channel. There’s different names for it depending on the month of the year you do it. For example, you might have heard of vlogmas? But it means I’ve been a busy video bee and neglecting all my lovely blog friends. However, I’m back now and ready to chat about everything I’ve been learning lately during Everyday May.
I CAN HANDLE MORE THAN I THOUGHT
When I tried to do vlogmas last year, I found it challenging. I think because I don’t always have exciting things to do daily I thought my videos would be boring. But also just making that many videos and handling everything else can be tough. Add in 3 blog posts a week, and my brain is learning how to handle all the things at once. So while I’ve had to double up on the videos that I’m sharing to hit my 31 days for Everyday May, I’m proud of the fact that I did it.
ORGANIZATION IS EVERYTHING
The first week of May was probably the easiest week of the month. Even with the new brand launching, I’d prepped enough ahead that I was able to have balance between the blog & Youtube. But once I’d pushed out all my pre-done content, I learned I had to plan ahead to get it all done. I made use of my time in ways I’d never considered. Even if it meant 20 minutes here or 10 minutes there, I maximized my time to make it happen.
MY CREATIVE ENERGY HAS ITS LIMITS
I’m planning to do a full post on this in the next few weeks but it’s something I wanted to talk about today. It’s taken me a long time to really come into my creative zone* and accept the way I work. And for the most part, words and writing is my jam. So when I’m creatively burnt out, I can’t even write an Instagram caption. I’ve learned a lot about what helps me reset my energy and what my mind needs to just get that refresh.
I’M MAKING THE CONTENT I WANT TO MAKE
A lot of bloggers will tell you their best advice is to make the content you want to make. Don’t worry about anyone else. And I’d agree that at the end of the day, it’s your brand, blog, channel to do with whatever you want to do. But moving past the fear to be able to do that can be challenging. Am I the best at make up tutorials? Nope. But I enjoy sharing my tips and making them along the way. And yes I’ll probably always talk about food and review products. But I’m learning that at the end of the day I need to be passionate about what I’m sharing. No matter that means for my numbers.
LEARNING WHEN I NEED TO SAY NO
I’m guilty of thinking I can do it all. And then when it’s time to do it all, I don’t want to do anything. I did my best to leave my schedule as open as possible this month because I knew I would be traveling in addition to Everyday May. But saying no didn’t always mean saying no to going out with friends. There were days where I needed to tell myself no to working for a few hours because I was just going to waste my time. Sometimes saying no means giving yourself the space to do your best work. And saying no to myself when I knew I’d spend 3 hours attempting to do things rather than actually getting it done was new. I’m learning when I need to walk away. Even if it’s for 15 minutes, I learned that sometimes I need to tell myself no.
I REALLY LOVE WHAT I DO
Anyone who has ever started and kept up a blog will tell you that it’s a fair amount of work. And there are days where you literally just don’t have enough time in the day. When I started Savee & Savory and moved to What Savvy Said, I knew I wanted to make a full time go of it. I wanted to be able to work wherever I was in the world. And I wanted to be able to help other women to live their happiest and healthiest lives. But even with all the chaos, struggles and learning experiences of Everyday May, I’ve fallen more in love with the process. And even more in love with blogging than I thought possible!