I logged into my Facebook today and saw a memory that had been posted from a year ago. It was the very first blog post I ever wrote. After I sat there reading the post and sitting in awe at the growth that has taken place in my writing, it hit me. It hit me that its been a whole year since I’ve start this blog, LifeOnLOC. When I started my blog a year ago, I was transitioning. Transitioning in moving back to Houston, transitioning in my education, transitioning in friendships and unhealthy relationships, but more importantly, transitioning in who I was as a person. And despite the good changes that were taking place in my life, I was unhappy and unsure. I felt that I was at a standstill. I felt that even though I was moving closer and closer into full adulthood, I wasn’t growing as person. But one day I woke up and decided I wanted to do more. I wanted to do something that could not only help me, but others transform from the inside, out. I wanted to make a difference the best way I knew how….so I got up and started my pride and joy, LifeOnLOC.
For most people this is just a blog. Something that Linda does when she’s got a little free time, and a few photos here and there. But LifeOnLOC means so much more to me than people realize. LifeOnLOC made me inspired again. It transformed my thoughts and held me accountable. It’s become my safety net and my refuge when I feel that the only one that is listening is my pen, my tablet, and God. It’s inspired me to feel beautiful from the inside, out. It gives me something to look forward to. It accepts my deepest vulnerability. It gives me an avenue to share my experiences…so that in the midst of my growth, hopefully, someone else can grow too.
Sometimes, I look at other blogs and I wonder what it would be like. I wonder what it would be like for my blog to have that praise and fame that so many of them have. But when that happens, I take a step back and remember my purpose for starting LifeOnLOC in the first place. I start to think about the woman I was when I started LifeOnLOC, the woman I am now, and the woman I am becoming. I start to think about the blessing my post could’ve been to that one girl reading on her break at work or that guy reading while sitting in his room going through exactly what my post was about. And then I remember that no matter how big or how small, my blog has a purpose. My blog is helping someone even when I don’t even know it. So even if only 5 people take the time to read my posts or check out my outfit of the days, it’s okay. Because at the end of the day, I know my blog is helping me achieve my lifelong dream which is to make a difference. And for that I am eternally grateful.
So as I celebrate LifeOnLOC’s first birthday, I just simply want to say thank you. Thank you for changing the game for me. Thank you for changing my life. ❤️