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  • Writer's pictureBayLeigh Routt

A Hiccup Isn't Failure

Last week I failed ... or so I thought. Since March 5, I had posted one blog post a week totaling 25 blog posts in 4 months. Until last week. The past few weeks have been incredibly busy at my full time job. Last week I worked a lot of overtime because of my busy workload, so I didn’t have much energy outside of work to write another blog post. Usually, I batch content ahead of time; however, I didn't have any extra content lined up to use last week.

When I hadn’t written and published a new post by Sunday, I felt really defeated. I felt like a failed because I thought I was letting myself down because at the beginning of the year I challenged myself to post every week and I lost the streak. Once I got over the initial disappointment of losing my streak, I started to think how far I’ve come in the past few months. For 21 weeks, I posted a new blog post every week—sometimes twice a week. That's something I didn't think was possible, and I'm so proud of myself!

Instead of sulking because I didn’t post one week, I’m celebrating myself for what I have done this year write consistently on my blog, develop my website, strengthen my portfolio, and build my personal brand. In hindsight, I realize that a break from writing and publishing a new blog post isn't failure. Last week I had to prioritize my free time outside of work with rest and time with family. Although having goals is importance and consistency is key, taking time to rest is just as important as putting in the work.

By the end of last week, my blog didn't disappear because I didn't publish a new post. Nothing crashed because my streak ended. When all is said and done, my own well being is important. An amazing lesson I learned from this experience is to celebrate myself for what I'm doing well rather than criticizing myself for hiccups or mistakes. I hope you're able to do the same! What have you done this year that you’re proud of?


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