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"A Bit of Advice" from my Grandmother, and why I started blogging

So, I did a thing today...

I started a blog.

I never would have imagined myself being a blogger. I just didn't ever think I had it in me. I would think "I have to a be a writer to do that... would people even care about what I have to say? ... seems risky." In other words, I didn't have the self confidence to think that I was worthy enough to put my ideas out there.

But then I was driving home from visiting my grandmother in Pocatello, ID and I was listening to an interview with Seth Godin on the Tim Ferris Show (look both of these people up if you don't already know who they are) and Seth said:

"The daily blog... is one of the top five career decisions I've ever made in terms of having a practice that resonates with the people who I need to resonate with...I don't need anyone's permission, I don't need to go out and promote it, I don't use any analytics, I don't have comments, it's just 'this is what I noticed today and I thought I'd share it with you.' "

In that moment I decided I was going to start a blog when I got home. I notice A LOT of things every day, and I have been craving a new way to connect with my students, friends, family and future clients where I could do exactly what Seth was describing.

Then I remembered that my Grandmother had given me some words of wisdom that she had written out and given to me during my visit. I immediately made the connection between her handwritten reflections on leading a successful, happy life and my new found inspiration to start a blog. Then I decided this was the perfect first blog post:

A Bit of Advice by Barbara Fagg

"As an almost ninety three year old woman, I've been wondering what bit of advice might I contribute.

So here I sit eating a peanut butter cracker and writing down my thoughts.

I have found that, over a life time, situations and challenges change so quickly that your approach and attitude must change with it, so I have adopted several old adges to help me remember where my mind should be during those special situations. They are as follows:

"Que sera, sera" (probably when my kids were teenagers)."What's worth doing is worth doing well" (this one is with me at all times)."I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul" (helps to not blame others)."Where there's a will, there's a way" (this really helps me now that I have so many physical challenges).

Somewhere between what you have become and what you have survived, you are where you are meant to be. Cherish the journey. Affect the people you share the world with in a good way."

And then she ended with a quote from J. Raymond:

"A butterfly whose wings have been touched can, indeed, still fly. Whether something was meant to stay or meant to leave, it didn't matter anymore, she would soak up the sun, kiss the breeze, and she would fly again."

There you have it. My first blog post. So excited to see where this journey leads me.

Grandma as a young woman


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