Content of this post was originally sent out as June’s Email Newsletter.
First of all, thank you, thank you. For sticking around through all of these relaunches and hiatuses and sporadic love letters of the past 10 years.
I know some of you stumbled upon Chasing Dreams just recently, but a handful of you have been around since 2009 when this “chase of dreams” began. (You know who you are, hello!)
Which also means some of you have seen me through all of that juvenile drama (dying here) and all the things Chasing Dreams transitioned in and out of over the past 10 years.
Beyond these blog pages, I send out email newsletters to online friends I made through this blog. I honestly didn’t think anyone would still want to receive emails from me anymore (given my delinquency *cough*) and yet, on this 10th year, you’re still here.
So thank you, from the tip of my fingers to the bottom of my heart, for being here for it all. And for being just one of the reasons why I keep coming back to this space.
Let’s just call this a “soft launch”
Two weeks ago I quietly relaunched Chasing Dreams. No fanfare, no virtual confetti, I didn’t even promote it on my social media pages yet. I didn’t want to promote any of my new posts because I wanted my email subscribers to be the first ones to see it.
It’s just that, even if we don’t know each other that much, I feel like we’ve been through this quiet journey of sorts. I don’t know if you feel the same way but I sure do feel like you’ve been part of mine.
Which is why, even though I know I don’t need to explain myself, it matters to me to let you guys know what’s going on behind the scenes of my highlight reel. You have to know, because the #bts is an important part of any story, and I owe it to you who’ve followed my dream-chasing for so long.
On the topic of mental health and anxiety
In one of my new posts, I shared about my ongoing internal battle with “blogging anxiety“. It’s not a real term (at least, not yet!) but I’m pertaining to those big, overwhelming, life-sucking fears that kept me from creating content these past 2 years.
It dawned on me that I wasn’t just feeling uninspired or having a bad case of writer’s block. I was, in fact, having deep-seated fears that I didn’t realize was draining my creativity. And this was something that a new blog design or a new strategy could not fix.
On top of that, I also stopped feeling confident blogging (basically posting anything on social media) about motherhood-related topics that matter to me. There’s just too much judgment online and offline these days and I came to a point where I didn’t have the energy anymore to explain the choices we make for our kids.
And well, that’s a problem right there. Because you know that Dawn and Rain content are the only things in my editorial calendar for so long. (Come on, I know you’re here for Dawn and Rain. Same here! Lol). And because I stopped feeling safe about sharing our journey raising them, I suddenly find myself without any material to work on.
Behind the scenes of my highlight reel
After being quiet for so long, my June newsletter and blog content was about how I navigated through my own creative anxiety and how I’m overcoming them.
I’m still a work in progress, but progress there is!
And here I am now, ready to share these stories that are happening behind the highlight reel.
If you’re ready to dive deep, and if you haven’t read them yet, here are some of the new content and some podcast recommendations that you might find useful for your own personal and creative journey.
Motherhood in the time of Digital
My thoughts on being a mother in the time of digital, plus my experience taking part in the Baby Dove #RealMoms campaign.
Coming to Terms with my Fears Blogging
If you’re a blogger or a creative, you might find this one relatable.
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