One year ago yesterday, I published my very first post on LolaLambchops.com. Some would say it’s my blogaversary. It has been quite the experience! I’ve learned a lot, I’m still tweaking, and I’ve been able to do some pretty cool things. However none of it would be possible without you, help from others, and my tribes. So to all of you, I say, “Thank you.” Sometimes women get a bad rap about being petty and gossips. Hey, it happens. But most of the people I’ve come across have been generous and kind. They’ve become part of my tribe and without them, I’d be lost.
One Year Ago
I owe a lot to many people. I don’t want to make this an Oscars acceptance speech, because I haven’t won an Oscar, sometimes the speeches can be long and then you forget to mention someone and you feel like crap. However, I need to thank some people. A little over a year ago I was struggling with the decision to start my own blog. I was already working with a fantastic mentor and friend, Janice Brady, on An Open Suitcase. Janice is very generous and giving of her time and advice. She let me write whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. She taught me the ropes. However, I didn’t want to overload her site with my family. So my friend, Amiyrah, kept encouraging me to start a space for my own family’s stories.
I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I needed a plan. I wasn’t new to the social media space. I was involved on different platforms when I was on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, so I wasn’t starting from scratch. That’s when Amiyrah recommended Brandi Riley. I knew about Brandi, because she had started a wonderful Facebook group called Courage to Earn that encourages women entrepreneurs. I hired her to do a blog strategy report for me before I even launched, and the direction she gave me was invaluable. It set me on my path. I had another one done after about 6 months so I could reevaluate. Brandi once again helped me to continue on my path.
I’ve always thought of myself as independent. It wasn’t until I found my tribe that I knew I needed one or five. The best part is you can have different ones. Whether you use the word tribe, group, friends, support system, etc., the most important thing is that you find people you can trust, I mean really trust. I believe there’s good in everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can trust everyone. Find the people you can, the ones who will have your back. That also includes people who will stand up to you when you veer off your path or when you’re just not making any sense.
That’s why I have Patty from My No-Guilt Life. She’s the one who answers all my dumb questions, the one who will tell me whether I’m being true to myself or not, the one who answers the phone when I’m bored at Target, and the one who’s there for me every time. Y’all need a Patty in your life.
We all need good people in our lives. Whether it’s with blogging, business, Disney, or life. I’m thankful I have those people. I’m thankful for the awesome ones I continue to meet. You know who you are. Thank you.
One thing I’ve learned is that people may do you wrong, but the best thing to do is rise up and move on. There are too many wonderful people out there to focus on the ones only looking out for themselves. I’ve done some pretty amazing things this past year. I’m still pinching myself, in fact. But every single opportunity came with someone else’s help. Someone referred me, someone told me about the opportunity, someone vouched for me, someone put in a good word, or someone took a chance on me. And you better believe I’m returning those favors, supporting them right back, and recommending others when I get a chance.
Those are the types of people I’ve come across. Smart, courageous, and kind women. Sure there are some bad eggs out there, but skip over them. Smile and be kind to them, but no need to waste your energy worrying about their next moves.
This life is about relationships with people. Foster those relationships. Make the time. My life is better with my family and friends.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me, for sticking around. Thank you to all those who smiled at me at a conference, who talked to me when I looked nervous, who trusted me with a referral, who are just nice people. If there’s anything you’d like to see on Lola Lambchops, please let me know. Next week, I’m going to have a giveaway to celebrate one year! This week, I’m hanging with my family for Spring Break. They’re my most important tribe.