When I first started YouTube almost a year ago, I tried making videos that were already popular ideas, ones I thought would get a lot of views whether I liked the idea or not. One of those videos did actually succeed on that front and has over 7,000 views today. Except, honestly, that’s my least favorite video.
Since the beginning of 2017, I started moving away from those types of videos and talking about whatever I wanted to talk about. But my views were very low, some not even breaking 50 (most, honestly). I was feeling really frustrated for putting in all this time and effort for nothing. Because of this frustration, when I went out to LA for my last module of training, I decided to take the week off. For one, I didn’t have time to create anything the week before I left, but I thought it would be good for me to step away regardless.
During that week, I had a handful of ideas, ones I was actually excited about. I wrote them all down, and luckily the ideas have been flowing ever since. I also met the kindest Uber driver who I kept telling should be a motivational speaker. He used to work in the corporate world and came up with this slogan – CPD: Consistent, Persistent, Determination. He gave me a much needed pep talk and told me to keep going, to not get frustrated, and follow CPD.
After this week away, I felt refreshed and excited to get back to work. But I also knew I wanted to start taking this new direction more seriously. So, in comes my new channel trailer. I enjoyed every minute of the process and gave some real thought on what I want to do with my channel and this blog. All I needed to do was look at the name – The Awakened Moon.
Yoga awakened me and showed me there was so much more to myself than I ever thought. My creative work and hobbies – photography/art, writing, reading, self care – also did that for me. They empowered me and gave me a place to learn more about myself. So that’s what I’m going to do, allow my channel and this blog to also be places of empowerment. I’m going to talk about topics that have strengthened me (sometimes through struggling first), that keep me at my best, and that have shaped who I am.
Screw the number of views, subscribers, followers. Yes, they make me feel like I’m not just talking into the abyss. But the comments are what move me the most. If there’s 1 person that found my video or blog post relatable, helpful, or entertaining, that’s all I need.
Thank you always for your support whether you’ve liked a post, read my blog, watched a video, or passed it on to someone you thought might be interested. And thank you for joining me on this next chapter!