#RandomThoughts: My Journey to Blogging
I've never considered myself to be much of a writer. As a matter of fact, I've always quite hated writing, even though I have a skill for it. Though I must say, the only time I've ever actually enjoyed writing is when I was doing it for myself. When I was younger I kept a journal that I would only use when I was feeling emotional; a safe place where I could express all of the things that I wanted to scream but would never dare say to those who I felt needed to hear it most. In high school and college, I would always wait until the last minute to complete written assignments (I'm talking 7-10 page essays), and would pull them them off in a couple nights (if not the night before)-- and receive a B+ to an A with minimal effort.
In 2009 the recession hit. Of course, that also happened to be my graduating year!
So with no real job prospects to put my [International Business/Spanish] degree to use, I had to get creative-- and that meant using my skills. ...Even the ones I didn't enjoy so much, like writing! Around that time, I was blessed with the opportunity to pick up freelance gigs with a couple of big publications (EBONY and JUICY Magazine) that were launching online formats. Just like that, I became a "blogger"-- though I never really considered myself to be one.
Again I found myself in a great position for furthering myself, with one problem... I still hated writing; I hated deadlines, I hated being restricted to certain topics, and I hated that I was writing for someone else. I also came to realize that I didn't want to produce content that revolved around lifestyles of the rich-and-famous, or other stuff that make readers lust over the lives of celebrities -- but really does nothing enriching for their own. The sunny side to all this? There is no such thing as a waste of time. If you're open to receiving, life is constantly giving you learning opportunities through your daily experiences.
Though I didn't enjoy covering celebrity lifestyle, I learned just how much I enjoyed the art of conversation, and producing engaging content that could eventually promote real discussion. Luckily, at that point I had a friend (who was working at one of the publications) ask me what I really wanted to do. The answer came easily: video. I wanted to talk to everyday people, and hear their thoughts and perspectives on true life, love, and relationships; then capture reactions on camera! So with that, I began my journey as a video host.
Fast forward six years, and a couple of gigs later, I still enjoy creating video content. ...But in 2016 I discovered the GREATEST JOB EVER when I became a mother! I know, I know, when people talk about how awesome it is being a mom, it sounds so cliché-- but my daughter Arria has awakened so much in me. ...Including an actual desire to write (all of these years later, who would have thunk it)! lol
After having Arria there was so much that I wanted to share/say: about the pregnancy process, about my growth and development as a woman, about newly recognized life goals and ambitions, but above all about the influence that I would want to be for her as she grows up. Having all of this in mind, I decided that I wanted to start a mommy blog as a way of journaling my motherhood experiences. Taking my "Live Ri¢h" motto (from life before Arria), and merging it with my aspirations to keep life adventurous (in my new role as a mother), Adventures of A Live Ri¢h Mommy was born! :)
I hope to do a lot in this digital space, including sharing the fun moments that happen as Arria grows, as well as the growth that I experience personally as I mature with her. Hopefully you'll come along for the ride, and I hope that it enriches your life journey in some way as well.
I may have always hated writing, but somehow this time it feels like it may juuuuusst be right!
#LiveRi¢h, and Happy Dream Chasing!