Do More of What You Love + What’s To Come (Part 2)

I was listening to a podcast recently where the host was giving some dating advice. “You should always have two crushes,” she said. “That way, if one is annoying you, you can just go to the other one.”

DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE

While I thought this might not be the best piece of advice I’d ever heard on a podcast, I loved what the host had to say next.

“You know, that’s actually true for life. Have two crushes. Have two passions at once, two things that you really love and can devote a lot of your energy to. That way, when one project gets tough, you can take a break and dive into the other. You’re always participating in this give-and-take. But you’re always doing something fulfilling….something you love.”

(Not a direct quote, but my recollection.)

That really struck me. I’ve always thought of my blog that way. It’s my side hustle, my passion project. I go to it when my extensive notes on the creation of the FCC or broadcast laws start to get a little fuzzy or when I can’t bring myself to conjugate another Spanish verb. It’s always the best break to do something I love.

However, lately I haven’t felt this way. This relief. Or release. I do think it has something to do with the state of my anxiety lately, which I touched on in Monday’s post. (Part 1 to this “hey, let’s try something new” little intro on the blog this week.)

I think I feel stressed studying, and then I feel stressed trying to create content that’s going to perform on Pinterest, bring in new readers, last for years as “evergreen”, and also please prospective brands.

It’s tiring.

I do love it though.

I’ve been kind of slow on blogging. Some weeks I have to skip a post because I find that I needed all my free time to re-coop from my week. Sometimes I’m at the library treating myself to new novels after a long exam or I’m at my dining table in the dim light of my apartment painting my worries away. I feel like I need to be there sometimes rather than scrambling something together for you guys.

But, I’m reminded each day that you guys really like Cristina Was Here as a little space for you on the internet. I’m honored and blessed to have become a part of your routine. The space you go to skim as you have your morning coffee or the web page you pull up when you’re supposed to be listening to a lecture. I love that, and I’m so thankful.

So like I said Monday, I don’t want to stop.

I want to re-focus.

Despite all the research and number crunching I’ve done over my 2 1/2 years for blogging, I’ve never found “the secret to success”. Sure, I’ve had posts that have gone semi viral and posts that get a great response from you guys, but surprisingly enough, those are my most personal posts. The ones that tell you you’re not alone in your anxiety, the ones that help you to be healthier and happier, and the ones that just pick you up when you’re down.

And you know what….

Those are my favorite to write.

(TAKE THAT PINTEREST! ……Just kidding. I still love Pinterest.)

You know what else?

It’s almost 2017.

2017!!! Holy moly. I’m almost 21 years old. I’m well over half-way done with school.

It’s time to do more of my favorite things. Our favorite things.

Let’s see….I love helping people. I love writing. I love writing things that help people. I love eating healthy, I love getting fresh air. I love painting and poems and good stories. I love talking and learning more about mental health. I love creating a conversation around how to be happier. I love self-care. I love face masks and bubble baths and watching Gilmore Girls all day.

I’ve always said I want my blog to be a branded version of myself. So, even though it’s not quite 2017 yet, let’s start now.

I’ll be posting a couple times a week here and maybe once a week on my Youtube channel. My posts will be an extension of myself. I’ll talk about life and, as normal, I’ll tailor that into a post full of tips and advice that can help you. We’ll talk about our favorite face masks here, but we’ll also talk about anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-love. We’ll have some recipes for healthy snacks, great beauty products, but we’ll also get real about life. Jobs, internships, relationships, moving away, making new friends, exploring new places.

I am going to try to be less strict on myself though. That’s another thing I really need to work on for 2017 and my mental health journey. For about a year, I’ve had a post up every Monday and Thursday at 7 in the morning followed by 4 tweets, a Facebook post, an Instagram share, and sometimes a Snapchat. It’s been routine. Ritual. But sometimes it’s unhealthy.

When inspiration strikes, it will be here, in writing. Or maybe in the form of a painting on my Instagram or snapchat. Or maybe it will be a chapter in my novel (excerpts of which are on my Tumblr account). Or maybe it will be a Youtube video.

I don’t know. But that will be the fun of it.

Ah. *Deep breath*

I’m so excited to create. I’m so excited to write. I’m so excited for 2017 and what’s to come.

Thank you for following along. Thank you for submitting your questions and comments on mental health. Thank you for supporting me. For welcoming me into your life as your friend and mentor. If you’re ever in Houston, let me know and let’s grab a cup of tea or go for a walk or get a cupcake.

Thanks for reading ya’ll. I’d love any post requests! Leave a comment below and have a beautiful week!

X,

Cristina

 

  • Your clear love of writing comes out in your words Cristina! Growing up sometimes means realizing that if it doesn’t make you happy it’s just not worth it! I’m so excited for your posts coming up!
    xoxo

  • 2017 is gonna be a great year i believe! I love this post!

  • Southern & Style

    I’m with you on the sometimes needing a break from blogging, even if it’s something we really love! Here’s to re-focusing and spending more time on our passions! And also, here’s to 2017 and making it into a year where we have crushes on the best parts of life 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  • I’m ready for 2017! 2016 has been really rough! I love the quote at the beginning, that’s really a great thing to do. That way, you will never get too discouraged by one thing. I actually turn to my blog when school and work get hard and it’s part of how I am able to stay optimistic. Sometimes, I need to take a break from blogging, but it’s part of what lets me relax funny enough. Now that I’m turning it into a full time thing, I may need to find another “hobby.”

  • I love that quote at the beginning, always having something else that you can turn to when one isn’t going right is so important and is just like a breath of fresh air for your mind. I have the same feeling about my blog that you do about yours. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Courtney Drew

  • So happy that you’re taking your blog in a direction you’re passionate about. I feel you about getting discouraged and feeling sort of “automated” when it comes to blogging. It’s like I know I need to write a post x times per week and I know I should be posting to Instagram at least once per day but sometimes I just can’t get myself there. It feels inauthentic. I’m proud of you for realizing that and doing something about it! I can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2017!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • Good for you! I think we produce our best work when we let ourselves blog about what we’re thinking about/dwelling on. I hope you find your passion for this site again soon and find a good way to balance all of the things in your busy life!

    – Jess

  • I love this! I’m going through something kind of similar with my blog. When I first started, I wrote about the things that were important to me. I talked about controversial issues in society and I shared journal entries, but after a while stopped. I started creating posts that I thought would get me views. I’ve recently realized how upset I’ve been with my blog, as it doesn’t represent who I am. Now I’m trying to recreate my mission for Kathlyn’s Korner and the direction I want it to go down. I wish you the best your blog Cristina and I cannot wait for 2017!

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn’s Korner

  • I can’t wait to see where this goes with your blog, Cristina. It’s best to put your mental health and happiness above everything (at least when it comes to this type of stuff!), so hopefully that will cause you less stress down the line! I definitely know what it’s like to feel like I have an unhealthy obsession with making everything on my blog perfect and interesting, even when there isn’t much inspiring me at the moment!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

  • Yes I so agree! I started my blog as a passion project too and lately I’ve been feeling the pressures of trying to grow it and stay relevant whilst also balancing a full time internship. Here’s to hoping that everything sorts itself out in the new year!

  • Shane

    I could relate so much to this! I think it’s an asset to be multi passionate and not focus all your attention on one thing. What is the podcast?

  • I totally think you should do (or write about) what you are passionate about! Happiness should always come above anything else

  • I love that you’re so honest with your readers! Do what you love and follow your passion. You’re so authentic and genuine, we’ll follow you anywhere on the web!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Yay! I’m so excited that you’ve had this revelation. Can’t wait to see where you take this space!

  • Girlfriend, I so feel you on this! I’ve scaled back my blogging in 2016 because I felt overwhelmed and like I wasn’t producing the kind of quality content I wanted to produce. (And just like you, I felt the pressure was wearing at my mental health!) I’m so excited to see what’s next for you. I’ll be cheering you on!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • I have totally been experiencing something similar to what you mentioned to above. I, too, love to help people especially through my writing. There is nothing more fulfilling and sacred to me than knowing that my words have been able to facilitate a difficult conversation, pick someone up when they’re feeling down or serve as a virtual high five to someone who needs it. I am so excited to see what’s in store for all of us in 2017 and I definitely can’t wait to help motivate one another in the process.

    Much love, Kristine

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