Afraid to start a blog? Maximize your creativity and find your voice using Word Press

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Afraid to start a blog? Maximize your creativity and find your voice using Word Press

I was afraid to start a blog in 2020, but I was in need of a creative outlet. If you need to maximize your creativity and find your voice, Word Press might be a good place to start.

Leah Yazzy Gibson is finding her voice.

Why I’m Starting a Blog

I’m starting this blogging journey because I have a lot to say.

It feels like the world will end if I don’t speak my mind and create an outlet to feel something. I’m a small-town southern girl whose life looks nothing like I’d imagined, and for a while, I was miserable and feeling stuck. One day, I woke up and decided I couldn’t keep going through the motions. I wasn’t even LIVING my life, life was happening to me instead, and I was simply watching the days pass.

I’d consider myself a people pleaser to some extent. For a while, it felt like I was living for everyone else, but I’ve finally decided that it was time I found something FOR ME. Here’s the outlet I’ve created to express my creativity and challenge myself to use the gifts God gave me…all of them. Therefore, I feel obligated to share my unapologetic journey to living a full life. This blog is all about creating the life you want, finding your purpose, and learning how to bloom precisely where you’re planted, even if you can’t yet see the world of opportunities in your unique small town. 

The great poet, Langston Hughes, once asked, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Well, Mr. Hughes, I don’t know the answer to your question, but I intend to find out.  

At the tender age of 16, I, too, had a dream. I wanted to become a news reporter and spend every hour of my workday telling untold or forgotten stories of the community and its people. I felt like the news was so draining (Yes, even in 2008), and I wanted to give a voice for the voiceless; to tell the stories that inspire us to keep going instead of the ones that make us want to never get out of bed.

As a kid, I lived for bedtime stories and imaginary tales of adventures in faraway lands. I spent every moment with my grandparents asking questions about their lives and what they knew about their family history. It intrigued me to no end that the people who came before me had all traveled a unique journey to create the life that paved the way for me. 

Find Your Voice

I’ve given up on a lot of my dreams over the years.

Leah in Chattanooga, first photoshoot for the rebrand. Chasing dreams and pushing the limits. I’m using these to start my blog and find my voice.

I’ve allowed fear to cripple my potential, and at times I’ve kept my goals small enough to avoid the inevitable…disappointment. Every now and then, I want something so bad that I forget about fear and run full speed towards a dream; and many times, I’ve surprised myself with a win. In those moments, I felt the momentum of taking the leap, and it felt so good. But the fear is a boogeyman under my bed. Whenever I muster up the courage to get up and try again, he reaches out for me, drives a nail in my ankle, and I’m forced to retreat. Fight or flight doesn’t kick in unless you practice it. This is what it looks like to suit up and get back in the game.

I know that’s a dramatic metaphor, but the longer you stand in your way, the harder it gets to break yourself out of the box. Comfort zones are dangerous when you’re destined for greatness. How do you know you’re destined? I don’t think you’ll ever know. I guess it just comes down to how bad you want it. 

I gave up on my dream of being a reporter after two months of job searching after graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast.

I was already feeling the senior burnout after managing the campus/local radio station and realizing that I was having more fun creating moments than sharing the news. From school shooters to covering the 2016 presidential election live, I had a big decision to make. I had put all of my eggs in the reporter basket, and I felt that I was out of options if I decided not to move forward with the plan…I let it go, and as soon as I was about to throw in the towel, God opened a window. I landed a gig as a video producer for one of the largest brands in the south, and it was then that I realized I had other options. 

It’s been almost four years since I graduated from college. I’m employed while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree, and I still can’t shake the feeling that I have more to give. I want to create content for women like me. I want to create a community for people who know what it feels like to want more.

Maximize Your Creativity

All this time, I’ve been under the impression that I didn’t have anything worth sharing because my journey didn’t take me to a big city or a more progressive state to chase my dreams. I’m back in a small Mississippi town, employed this time around, but still feeling like something is missing. 

You can learn more about my journey to “Starting” my blog in my first YouTube video!

It’s time to challenge the notion that your environment holds you back. If you have something to share with the world, your location doesn’t have to determine your final destination. I’ve always wanted my own television show, but there are no opportunities around me to work on that craft. So what will I do?

Create opportunities for myself and see where it takes me. If nothing else, I’ll leave this earth knowing I didn’t wait on someone else to give me permission to fly. I grew my wings. Now, every opportunity I create for myself in this season will reflect the chapter of life that I’m experiencing. Currently, I’ve begun the journey to finding my voice. Join me in creating a YOUnique lifestyle, the kind that they can’t sell on television. 

I haven’t yet reached my full potential; I haven’t even scratched the surface. 

& just like at the ballet, you only clap at the end… 

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