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6 brutal truths of being a blogger no one ever told you

Years ago, I would have never imagined that writing and sharing new ideas, personal opinions, gathered experiences can immensely be a life’s excitement. Although explaining what exactly bloggers do to your granny or even your mum and dad is still a challenging job, it is definitely a “cannot be more popularly trendy” undertaking. Or hobby as someone might call it. Yet I would call it a new age marketing, PR form of art or else a passion because I know how many efforts bloggers have made in order to have their blogs worthwhile online. This passion does entail both joy and struggle, here are top 6 brutal truths of being a blogger no one ever told you:

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1. The head thinks too much

Every single thing can easily somehow spark your interest in one way or another. You are always in for a talk on any topic to find out the root, cause and solutions. Sometimes on the street, at the gym and even annoyingly when you have just turned off the light to go to bed, then you have to turn the light on again and jot the ideas down. Otherwise, guess what, you cannot sleep while the little voices keep talking.

2. The heart does feel too much as well

As being ignited by every single thing in life, they surely have to deal with their high level of emotion. Everything has its own pros and cons, so does the emotion. Often, you can spot them being highly caffeinated by life resulting in being overjoyed, overshared and unaware of being the one who keeps talking on and on unconsciously…oops!

3. Be responsible for their own Personal Commitment

After having the blogs online, it is a form of a personal statement or a claim to continue creating and producing for the better and better. And as you might know, commitment is never easy but indeed rewarding in a long run when it comes to the right commitment. Also, being a blogger means the responsibility to keep going and moving forward, just because “quitting” does not exist in their dictionary.

4. Craving to be disconnected in a connected world

The next brutal truth is that they can be content with a laptop and of course internet to get lost in wherever in their own mind, the flow of thinking and imagination. Sometimes, they just love being alone in a crowd with their own world. It is just sometimes. Truth to be told, they do love people and enjoy getting energetic by human interaction.

5. The evil belittling noises

They do fear. The fear of being blocked of ideas. The fear of being the consumers rather than the creators of stories. The fear of lagging behind of all the latest trends, innovation. The fear of writing no sense or useless pieces of Sh*t. Guess what? I trust that we all have to overcome these evil belittling noises to be vulnerable and open to a new learning curve.

6. The impatience of sharing immediately.

When the new idea or inspiration comes, they cannot wait for a second to share it right away. Typing as if the idea would run away. Although the patience is little, it can be helpful in this case to have the words check and re-check until they are believed to be “good go to”. Only “good enough”? Ah did I forget to mention they are perfectionists as well? Another bitter truth: it is never perfect for a perfectionist.

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Blogger’s P.S: if the passion is in you, you will never lose it. The struggle is always worth the rewarding joy after. Believe me! xxx

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A journey that lasts

A journey that lasts, stories to remember, everyone has their own unique story. Sharing is learning. So here we go! The road has made up by tons of stories that keep me openly learning every day. Starting point of my study overseas all began in the Netherlands, wherein the most important transition of being a teenager to a more responsible adult, from adolescence. So far I have to say the impact and influence are definitely beyond the imagination of myself and my parents apparently. Either it can be looked horizontally or vertically or even multidimensional, these four core values stay with me at heart.

  1. Family is the ones who make effort to “be there” for you!

Being the one who is away from home, more than usually miss the family occasions. Every time I try to at least remember and do something on time. But definitely plan can go wrong even if you had a control freak’s mentality. I had always supposed I would have more time later and later to compensate for what I have missed with the VIPs in my life; the truth is we never have time. It is totally limited so we just make time for who are worth it.

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Although everyone has their own life to live, it is warm hearted to know who always support you no matter what, whatsoever bumps on the road. It sticks with me these words from a colleague: “family is the ones who have known you since the 1st day of your life”. I’ve become more acutely aware of how important family play a role in every person. It is indeed a heart to heart matter.

  1. Being abroad is a choice

Thinking back years ago, it would not even occur in my mind I would be so far away from my family. And here I am in the central European city with people who encourage me to learn and grow every day. I do wonder sometimes what if I had stayed instead. Although it’s quite a charm for not having been through all the bumps on the road, definitely it would be a “whole lotta missing out”. Being abroad can be lonely sometimes when you may miss your childhood playground or mommy food, yet it is a choice you choose to push yourself  out of border not just to fit in something anymore. There is some moment you would feel a bit lonely to be abroad and foreign with the surrounding, but  but you’re not alone…. for sure!!! 😉

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  1. The journey that teach you more about your destination.

Being in the early 20s, to be honest, I am clueless sometimes despite how much I try to figure out. Aren’t we all figuring out what we want? The dream I once had is not what I want anymore, which I am happy to figure out to ensure that I am still on track but just different direction. I tried what I thought I wanted, I tried what I thought I did not even want.

There is no such a thing called destination unless you enjoyed the journey. Life indeed is not crystal clear black and white. The goals might be different as the only constant thing is change. Sometimes I want to be a “purple cow”, and then just be happy to “doe normaal” ( be normal) .  Sometimes I might want to be in the middle of somewhere far away from the crowd where I don’t know anyone. Then I am just happy to be in town with my favourite books and the people have been there for me.

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4. Hey! Spring is coming…eventually as always!
It is not easy for me to share my personal story public but somehow I supposed it is worth sharing. That’s why abroadme.org was created one year ago ( the best decision ever lol), around this time between Denmark and Sweden when even in the darkest hours in way up North. But even then spring was still persistently coming in its own charming way. This journey wasn’t and still hasn’t been easy but it is so tempting to discover the unknowns blended in with the promising wanted knows. Because the spring will always come after a harsh winter. Keep believing! Cheers!

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