October 4, 2014

My 1st Blog Post

September 17, 2014: In a taxi, traveling from Niš to Vranje (what better time or place?)

When I was 10, I started my first journal. My Uncle gifted me a beautiful, travel inspired, stamp covered, notebook full of blank pages just waiting to be filled with my adventures and musings. I recall having spurts of consistent daily reflection, followed by weeks of silence. In fact, the majority of my entries began along the lines of “Dear Diary, I’m sorry it’s been so long since the last time I wrote.“ It felt like a pen pal that I constantly left hanging.

On my 13th birthday, my cousin Nicole gifted me a lovely, spiral bound, butterfly covered diary, with a note in the front that she hoped I would take care to document my teenage angst (also included: a list of 13 tidbits of wisdom that she had learned about being a teenager in all of her 9 months). Again, I started out eagerly enough, but that notebook still sits on my bookshelf with many more pages blank than filled.

Sensing a pattern yet?

Then, when I was 19 and venturing off to Bulgaria for my first semester of college at the American University in Bulgaria, I assured my friends and family back home that I would blog frequently. What better time to start keeping a written record of my life? Alas, once again I slipped back into my habits of apoogy ladden posts, months apart from each other.

Needless to say, my track record of committing to a written record of my life has been far from stellar.

I’ve been working with a life and business coach, Ashley Wilhite of Your Super Awesome Life, since January and her consistent message has been: start blogging! Whether in regards to my online business goals, or my personal growth experiences, or my desire to be a coach myself, she has consistenly said that blogging is a sure fire step to putting yourself out there in the world. Yet, I’ve simply never done it. Be it the fear of slacking on the commitment yet again (though in a much more public forum than my personal diaries), or uncertainty about what to write, or wondering if anybody would care what I have to say, I realize that I just need to GET OVER IT!

Just this week, I was inspired by Molly Mahar of Stratejoy’s first blog post after materinty leave. For such an experienced, well-followed, and dedicated blogger to boldly admit that she was afraid (gosh, we’re hard on ourselves) was the perfect bit of encouragement I needed to put this out in the world.

So, without further ado, here you have it folks. My first official blog post. Enjoy!


Lacey Jewell


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