Brick Walls,  Getting Personal

Fear of Failure

About a month ago I started this page.  I was super excited and ready to get going.  The initial set up of this website and getting my Instagram ( page going were a bit of learning curve, but I was on fire and ready to go.

But then…fear crept in. 

The fear of failure.  I began to look around at other genealogists’ websites, Instagram feeds, Facebook pages, YouTube channels, Pinterest boards, and found that there is already so much good content out there already!  How on earth could I find my voice in the huge digital space out there? Who would listen? 

I am one of those people who will post something on Facebook or Instagram and then wait…wait to see if I get a like or worse, a negative comment.  If the response isn’t favorable, I’ll delete my comment or post.  The closer the issue is to my heart the less likely I am to put it out there for everyone to see. 

I am very much still the awkward teenage girl afraid of rejection when it comes to social media, and especially when something is close to my heart. And genealogy and uncovering the stories of the past is my passion.

For the past month I’ve stewed over what to post, how to post it, and then I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors:

So, this is it, my leap from the cliff.

My promise to you (or rather, to me) is that I will step into the vulnerability of this space, on a regular and consistent basis.  I will not retreat. 

And, if you are not one of the 8.6 million people (and counting) to have watched Brene Brown’s Ted talk on Vulnerability, watch it.

It is life changing. 

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