It's kind of rare that a Twitter chat provokes much navel-gazing but I've been thinking about it ever since.
In terms of my blog, I've always measured my success in terms of numbers and growth because that just seems logical. But, the thing is, my blog hasn't grown in over two years (I pulled up my media kit from 2 years ago and I could still use it today. My numbers are almost exactly the same). So, by that measure, I am actually unsuccessful.
But over the past two years I've posted a lot of content that I'm proud of. I've made and deepened friendships within my blogging community. I've contributed to other blogs and websites. I don't feel unsuccessful unless I start thinking in terms of numbers.
As I thought about this I realized that I get to define what success means for me not just in blogging but in all areas of my life and I was a little surprised when I realized WHAT, exactly, makes me feel successful.
As the general manager of our household I've realized that I feel the most successful when I look back at my day and I've used my time wisely and gotten a lot accomplished. The most important thing, though, is going to bed with a clean kitchen. I feel like I have failed at life if my kitchen is a wreck when I go to bed.
As a mom I feel most successful when I've made sure the kids have done their chores and homework and, if at some point during the day, I have made them laugh really hard. A successful day with the baby is measured by how many times I have smooched the living daylights out of her cheeks (I honestly doubt there is a more kissed baby anywhere)
Unplugging and staying away from my phone and computer makes me feel super successful, even if I haven't really accomplished anything else.
How do you define success for yourself? When do you feel the most successful?
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