It’s Week 11 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 11: Someone who Inspires You
In the blogging and freelance community, you are usually working from home and often you are completely alone. This is a reality that most entrepreneurs aren’t ready to face, and it usually makes the journey that much harder. When I first started blogging, I was still working my full-time job. I didn’t really feel a sense of loneliness, but I did feel like most people didn’t understand what it was like to try to reach my goals.
Even now as a full-time freelancer and blogger, most people don’t understand what it is exactly that I do when I “go to work” each day. Most assume I’m spending my days at home eating bon bons and cleaning the house. While it is true that my time is more flexible, I am indeed putting in hours working each day.
When I’m feeling frustrated at my job or I’m not sure how in the world I’m going to make it through the week, I know I have found a support team through my blogging and freelance networks who have my back. They inspire me to push forward when things are really hard, and they help answer questions that I can’t seem to figure out despite my best efforts. I know today’s challenge is to pick just one person who inspires me, but I don’t think that’s possible for me.
There have been too many inspirational people along the way who have taken time out of their busy schedules and shared their successes and failures with me. I remember when I was first setting up my newsletter, a blogger from an entirely different continent helped me set up my email service. When I had less than 10 viewers a day, a blogger much bigger than myself reached out to me and had me do a guest post on her blog. We have become friends since then and I’m grateful for that relationship.
The people who are making it big and still come back to help out those who are struggling inspire me daily. I try to help out those who are just getting started and are struggling, but most of their questions I find myself asking as well. With every success and failure along the way I am inspired to share my stories with others in a similar position just as others have shared them with me. Whether it’s encouragement during a difficult time, or just having one of them check in with me after a while, I am greatly inspired by those people. I hope someday I can be that kind of inspiration to someone else.